Dislike Your Tattoo? 

Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments in Stonington CT and RI  

Is this your skin issue?

  • Do you have either a newly placed or a several year old tattoo that you no longer like, or never liked?
  • Would you like the tattoo to be removed in the most effective way possible?

The Science: How do Laser Treatments Remove Tattoos

Lasers are a medical device which have changed and dramatically advanced the way we treat skin issues. The definition of a laser can help you better understand why your laser procedure is so safe and effective.  

A tattoo is created by depositing various colored pigments under the skin surface for decorative or cosmetic purposes. Many methods have been tried to remove tattoos, including surgical excision, use of various acids and bleaching agents, destruction by heat or cold, over tattooing with flesh-colored pigment, sanding or dermabrasion, and various older laser therapies. Many times, these treatments were ineffective or led to significant scarring.

Lasers more effectively treat tattoos and limit the possibility of scarring. The specific color, or wavelength, of the laser is targeted to a specific colored pigment particle.

Laser Treatment of Tattoos

532 nm treats red and orange tattoo ink particles

585 nm targets sky blue tattoo ink particles

650 nm treat greens tattoo ink particles

1064 nm targets darker ink particles

Many modern tattoos are multi-layered and multicolored, adding to the complexity of their removal. Different wavelength of laser light are required to remove different tattoo particle colors. Green ink is the most difficult to effectively remove. Some tattoo inks are customized and blended to give specific shadowing, effect, and vibrancy to the tattoo. Some of these customized inks are also challenging to remove.

The RevLite Q-switched laser maximizes tattoo removal treatments in that there are four different laser wavelengths contained in the device: 1064 nm for dark and deep ink particles, 650 nm for green ink, 585 nm for sky blue ink, and 532 nm for red and orange inks.

The Solution: Laser Treatment of Tattoos

A series of laser treatments, from 6-12 or more, is needed for effective tattoo removal. The laser sessions are spaced 6-8 weeks apart. Topical or local anesthesia is sometimes required. The treated tattoo may be crusty for a few days after the laser treatment, then begins to fade. As all tattoos are different in the type of ink used, the amount of ink injected, professional versus amateur application, and the depth in the skin of the particle placement--the number of treatment varies, as well as the ultimate degree of tattoo clearance, vary considerably.

Look at these before and after a series of laser treatment photographs to see if laser treatments will help your issue.

Before and after tattoo removal

 

Laser Treatment of Tattoo Before and After

 

before and after tattoo removal

 

Schedule a consultation with Daniella Duke, MD by calling 860-245-0000. She will personally evaluate your skin issues and can recommend your best treatment options.

 

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