August 2, 2017
When you get a tattoo, tattoo ink particles are deposited into the skin. Even though it is foreign matter and the body does not want it there, the ink remains in the skin for life because the ink particles are too big for the bodies immune system to remove.
How does Laser Tattoo removal work?
Immediately after a tattoo is treated with the Fotona Qx Max laser, the tattoo turns white or “frosts” over. This means the tattoo ink has absorbed the laser energy and shattered the ink into finer particles. In doing so, the ink releases a little gas and moisture which raises the skin up and gives the skin the frosted appearance. This is also the reason for the discomfort associated with laser tattoo removal, as the gas and moisture released creates a micro split in the skin …. ouch! We use icepaks, numbing gel and spray, cold air blower all to minimize the discomfort. After 10-20mins, the gas and moisture is reabsorbed and the skin settles back down. The tattoo looks exactly as it did prior to treatment.
The immune system immediately kicks in and begins to take away the finer bits of ink. After 4-8 weeks the tattoo visibly starts to fade.
The next session, we turn the energy up to go deeper to the next layer of ink. Again the ink is shattered and is flushed away. There is less “frost” at this and subsequent stages as we go deeper into the skin. Sessions are repeated until we get to the bottom of the ink deposit and the tattoo is gone. Voila!