How Tattoo Removal Works
Once known as a symbol of youthful rebellion and self-expression, tattoos are now a staple of our society. According to recent studies, over 10 million Americans have at least one tattoo. Of those Americans, experts estimate that at least 50 percent regret choosing to get a tattoo.
Luckily for those 5 million people, laser tattoo removal techniques now allow for the easy and permanent removal of tattoos. Using the Palomar Q-YAG 5 system, a high powered, state-of-the-art laser, the physician assistant at Skin Transformation Center in Orlando, Florida can penetrate the outer layer of the skin, and remove unwanted tattoos.
How Do Lasers Remove Tattoos?
Most modern tattoo studios use an electronically powered machine that punctures the outer layer of the skin, allowing the permanent ink to remain about a millimeter into the dermis, the second layer of the skin. Because the cells of the dermal layer are more stable than those of the epidermis, the insoluble ink used by tattoo artists is able to stay in place.
High-powered lasers, like the Astanza Laser system used at Skin Transformation Center in Orlando, produce short pulses of intense light that easily pass through the epidermis. The laser energy is then absorbed by the tattoo pigment, causing the ink to break into smaller particles that are then eliminated by the body’s immune system.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Those who have undergone laser tattoo removal often report that having a tattoo removed is no more uncomfortable than the original application. Most of our patients describe the sensation caused by the laser as similar to being snapped by a thin rubber band.
The level of discomfort that patients feel can vary based on pain tolerance and the type of tattoo that is being removed. For example, black pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, so it is easier to remove. Other pigments, such as green, absorb selective wavelengths of laser light, and require specialized lasers.
How Long Does Tattoo Removal Take?
Depending on the size, color, and quality of the tattoo, treatment times may vary. For example, if the tattoo pigment only absorbs specialized wavelengths, or the ink is deeper within the dermal layer, extra sessions may be required.
Most tattoos require more than one session, and the laser tattoo removal experts at Skin Transformation Center recommend allowing 4 to 5 weeks between each appointment. During this time, the body’s immune system will help remove the disrupted pigment, and have time to recover from the laser treatment.
Laser Tattoo Removal in Orlando, Florida
The tattoo removal specialists at Skin Transformation Center in Orlando, Florida use only the most effective laser treatment systems to remove unwanted tattoos and pigmented lesions, such as sunspots and freckles. To schedule your appointment, call (407) 603-3902, or fill out our online contact form.
Skin Transformation Center provides a wide variety of cosmetic laser services, including laser hair removal, cellulite treatment, skin resurfacing, and more. We proudly serve patients from Orlando, Winter Springs, Winter Park, Oviedo, and surrounding South Florida communities.