How IPL removes tattoos

Posted on 29 Nov, 2011

When you have a tattoo, ink is driven into the layers of the skin, where it remains trapped. The ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove as it would other foreign bodies.

Intense Pulsed Light Treatment is used to break these particles down into much smaller fragments that can then be removed by the scavenger cells in the skin.

Once this happens, the tattoo begins to fade, although this can take time and a course of treatment. Certain tattoos respond better to tattoo removal treatment, while others can prove difficult to remove.

Multi-coloured tattoos are more difficult to treat, and although it is not known why, green, yellow and purple inks can respond less well. Sometimes, the inks do not resolve completely, and although greatly faded, some remnants of the tattoo can remain visible.

Laser tattoo removal is not a magic solution, but in the case of an unwanted tattoo, it can provide relief and the chance to make the tattoo fade away.

It is important to take this into consideration when choosing a tattoo. A tattoo should never be undertaken without careful consideration of the consequences and of the tattoo’s future impact.