Tattoo Removal

New Technologies are Making Tattoos Less Permanent
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    Picoway Laser
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    Tattoo Removal

Decorative tattoos have been placed on people’s bodies for over 3,000 years.

However, a lot has changed even over the last ten years regarding tattoos, and tattoo removal. Newer lasers now remove tattoos in fewer treatments. In addition, we often use multiple lasers to remove a single tattoo, since tattoos can become resistant to a single laser. The newer tattoos with variable colored inks require a number of lasers for removal. For example, green is one of the more difficult colors to remove, and requires a special type of laser, the Q-Switched alexandrite laser, for removal. The other lasers commonly used for tattoo removal include the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, the Q-Switched ruby lasers and the newest laser the Picoway Laser. I use all of these types of laser to remove tattoos in the fewest possible number of treatments.


The way a tattoo will respond to laser treatment depends heavily on the colors that are in that tattoo. Black tattoos are generally the easiest to remove, since black tattoo pigments absorb every type of tattoo laser light. Generally, tattoos take 4-8, or more or less treatments to remove. This is quite a large range, and people generally want a more accurate estimate of the number of treatments required to remove a tattoo. Unfortunately, since there are such a huge range of tattoo inks, and since these inks aren’t regulated by the FDA, it’s extremely difficult to estimate the number of treatments required to remove a given tattoo. However, one thing that is certain is that the newer tattoo-removing lasers are much more effective than lasers produced only a decade ago.

Because of the popularity of tattoos (about half of people 18-30 have them), laser companies are investing heavily on new lasers to remove them. By staying at the forefront of laser research, I can bring you the newest lasers and techniques for tattoo removal, resulting in the least number of treatments for removal.


Visit Patient’s Guide for patient reviews and expert video regarding laser tattoo removal.

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