There are countless reasons why you might to have your tattoo removed. One of the most effective ways to get a tattoo removed involves the use of a Q-Switched laser. While this procedure is great for removing tattoos, it is also effective for removing freckles and brown spots.
The laser uses pulses of light, which occur within one billionth of a second, to unleash the pigment inside of the skin. Eventually, the pigment is absorbed by the body and destroyed.
Are You A Candidate For Q-Switched Laser Tattoo Removal?
If you have isolated color spots that you would like to have removed, you could be a great candidate for treatment with a Q-Switched laser. It does not matter if the spots are big or small.
If you have a large number of brown spots, there are other more effective treatments available. You also might be a candidate if you have a tattoo that you would like to have removed. An ideal candidate will have good health and realistic expectations.
How This Procedure Removes Tattoos
Also known as a YAG laser, the Q-Switched laser emits a beam of light at a specific wavelength, which allows it to target very specific types of pigmentation.
For example, the laser can be set for the color pigmentation associated with tattoos, so when the laser beam hits a tattoo, the pigments of color absorb the energy and get released. Q-Switched lasers are very effective for removing tattoos.
The beam of light from the laser causes disruptions in the tattoo ink and causes the body to absorb the ink. The lymphatic system in the body is what cleans up the ink particles. However, it can take anywhere from six to eight treatments to fully remove a tattoo.
The number of treatments required depends on the size of the tattoo, and the treatments must be spaced anywhere from three to five weeks apart. It is also important to understand that some ink colors respond to the treatment much better than others.
For example, the procedure is more effective at removing dark blue and green colors than whites and yellows. Depending on the color, the laser must be set at a specific wavelength.
What Results To Expect
Everyone is different, so the results will vary. However, the procedure is capable of dramatically improving the appearance of most tattoos, which means it is able to remove most of the tattoo.
In fact, a large percentage of tattoos can be completely removed with the laser. After you have finished all of your treatments, there is a chance that your skin might show some sort of shadow of the tattoo, but the shadow usually fades away.
As mentioned earlier, some ink colors are removed far more easily than others are. After the treatment, your skin will become red, and you might experience crusting and other minor side effects, which can last for 14 days.
If you are interested in laser tattoo removal, our team at Head to Toe Med Spa can help. During your consultation, we can review your tattoo and create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Contact Head to Toe Med Spa today to schedule your consultation.