Laser Tattoo Removal
How if works :
A fractionated erbium yag laser is used initially to create micro channels in the skin. This allows the co2 that is produced by the Q switched laser to escape, resulting in less reflection of the Q switch laser light and enhanced effectiveness. (reduction of sessions by around 1/3).
A q-switched nd yag laser is used to produce high energy light that blasts and disintegrates the pigment. The pigment is then absorbed by the body cells.
With a number of treatments, the pigments in the skin can be reduced or eliminated
Side effects :
Localised scarring and unevenness of the skin is possible for larger tattoos and also can occur in smaller tattoos. Some pigments eg blue/green absorb the laser light better and are easier to remove. Red pigments are more difficult to remove. Multiple treatments may be required. Pain both during the procedure and afterwards is common. Redness, local inflammation and skin peeling and hypertrophic scarring may occur. Tattoo removal is quite painful, and Nitrous gas is used for pain relief.
This is dependent on the size of the tattoo, the intensity of the colour and the actual colours of the pigment. For blue/dark green colours 4-8 treatments are required, for other colours eg- yellow, orange, red, 6-16 treatments may be required.