What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

For every great tattoo artist, there’s at least one bad one. However, being afraid of permanent ink shouldn’t be a worry with today’s technology. If you have a tattoo that you regret or just want to be tattoo-free again, laser tattoo removal just might be the answer you’re looking for.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

tattoo cross sectionalIt’s probably best to answer this question with an explanation on why a tattoo is permanent. With a tattoo, ink is stored between the dermis and epidermis – basically, this is where your body won’t reject the pigment.

With the use of lasers, the ink particles within your tattoo are broken down and absorbed by your skin. This allows the ink to fade away by being “flushed” out of your system, just like any other toxin. In order for tattoo removal to work, the laser has to emit sufficient energy within the required light absorption spectra of your tattoo’s pigment. Because all ink can’t be treated the same, you’ll find that lighter pigmented ink, like yellow and green, are harder to remove, compared to darker colors like blue and black.