Lasers facilitate the safe removal of unwanted tattoos

Posted on 05 Feb, 2010

Laser treatment is regarded as one of the most effective treatments for skin complaints. It is at the very forefront of dermatological techniques and effectively restores fresh, clear skin. Above all, its side-effects are minimal.

Any part of the body can be treated with a laser. Aside from treating skin disorders, laser treatment is effective for tattoo removal too. In the past, many people had to resort to dermabrasion to remove unwanted tattoos. This method does not guarantee the full removal of the tattoo and can be very painful. By contrast, laser tattoo removal is quicker, easier and more comfortable.

Lasers are capable of penetrating deep into the layers of skin wherein the ink lies at which point they break down the pigment of the tattoo. The pigment absorbs the laser energy and fragments. The body then naturally absorbs the broken down particles.

Certain patients are very sensitive to discomfort, in which case anaesthesia may be applied. This may also depend on the position of the tattoo on the body. Inks of different colours have varied absorption capacities. Lighter shades take longer to remove.

The number of sessions required for laser tattoo removal depends on the size and shading of the tattoo.