The art of tattoo removal is almost as old as the art of tattooing. Many methods of tattoo removal have been used in the past, but they have proven to do more harm than good. The laser tattoo removal process has evolved tremendously over the past decade.
People have tried to bleach their skin or scratch off the tattoo, which does terrible damage. There is dermabrasion, where caustic materials such as acid or sandpaper are used on the skin. This results in scarring and usually looks worse than the original tattoo.
Another way that people have removed their tattoos is through surgical excision (cutting the tattoo from the skin). This is only slightly better than dermabrasion, but it is also painful, difficult, and it leaves scars. You may have seen creams advertised, which if applied to the skin, make tattoos fade. The creams may lighten your skin, but they do not remove tattoo ink.
In addition to these treatments, lasers have been used for tattoo removal since the 1980s. The first one available, the CO2 laser, works by destroying cells through vaporizing the water molecules in the skin. This technique is much like dermabrasion. It is very painful, causes significant scarring, and leaves pigment behind.
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Tattoo Removal Technology
How It Works
The Spectra uses a combination of high peak power and short pulse width, and have four distinct Q-switched mode wavelengths: 1064 nm, 532 nm, 585 nm, 650 nm. This translates to minimal thermal damage to the skin, while still delivering efficient removal of the targeted ink pigments. The Spectra system laser technology offers versatility, built-in-safety, and enhances clinical outcomes making it a superior tool in tattoo removal.
Don’t allow someone to tell you over the phone that their laser/technique is better without even looking at your tattoo. Laser tattoo removal must be done by someone who is trained correctly and has experience. The tattoo and skin type must be examined in order to give you details such as cost, estimated number of treatments and if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Precise Power, Minimal Thermal Damage
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