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Aug 7th

Understanding Tattoo Removal

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Before and After

Before and After

Have a tattoo that no longer serves its purpose or fits your lifestyle or do you need to clean the slate to start over? Great news, Tattoos can be removed!

From the popularity of tattoos in the 90s sprouted a huge recent demand for tattoo removal – and SharpLight’s advanced pulsed light technologies provide what is considered one of the most effective methods in tattoo removal today.

Once you make the decision to remove your tattoo the next step is deciding how. Prior to laser tattoo removal there have been various ways of trying to eradicate them using creams, lotions, gels to name a few and they tend not to work due to the fact they would have to damage the skin layers to get down to the actual ink which is embedded in deep layers. There are other alternatives to laser, which have been around prior to the 1980’s. Tattoo removal methods such as Dermabrasion, sanding of the skin to remove the top layers; or Excision where the Surgeon would use a scalpel and remove the skin, both of these are not only painful but likely to leave scarring and could result in the need for a skin graft.

Understanding Laser

In SharpLight’s tattoo removal treatments and equipment, a laser technology is used to target the ink of the tattoo and to apply localized pulses of light, aimed to decompose the tattoo’s pigment clusters. More specifically, the short, high-energy pulses of the lasers target the wavelengths of the colors within the tattoo. This pulsed light safely passes through the skin’s outer layer and is absorbed by the ink, the energy pulses cause the ink to displace into small particles; the light is then converted to heat, which breaks the ink down into much smaller, more manageable particles. The body’s lymphatic system then filters these particles out over several weeks’ time and, as this natural elimination occurs, the tattoo fades and eventually disappears. The SharpLightTM Technologies laser will not hurt the surrounding skin; however, the heat from the laser pulse can cause some pain.

What are the benefits of using the laser procedure over the previous methods?

Using a SharpLightTM Technologies laser allows the user to target only the tattooed areas, which ends up being a lot more comfortable. Also it is considered to be a low-risk procedure, will little to no blood loss, and is done in most case as an outpatient basis.
There are many variables that could result in it requiring many sessions and sometimes up to a year to eradicate your tattoo, as these sessions must be between 3-4 weeks apart. Some tattoos cannot be fully removed only lightened for the various situations listed below:

Size – the larger the tattoo the more sessions will be needed to do it in stages.

Color – darker colors are normally the easiest to remove, but all colors must be targeted at a specific color wavelength.

Location – If the location is in a sensitive area, to prevent burns and discomfort the user will need to use a lower energy level which in turn means more sessions.

Skin color – with darker skinned patients the higher laser energy can cause skin damage, so the user needs to use a lower energy level.

Patient’s ability to heal – Those patients whom heal slower would need to have a longer waiting period between sessions.

Original Application Method – Depending on the placement within the skin this changes how the ink absorbs the laser energy.

Type of ink used – The tattoo inks have many variables, and with this react to the laser removal process differently, fortunately the newer inks are made to be removed by lasers more effectively.

The Original Tattoo Artists Skill – With an experienced artist, they would be able to inject the ink into a similar depth throughout the tattoo, making it easier for the calibration of the device to target the tattoo at once.

Age of the tattoo – Many older tattoos are very hard to have removed due to the ink being more ingrained in the skin.

Modified From: SharpLight Academy

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