How are tattoos removed?

Permanent tattoo removal

How it works:

Laser tattoo removal has a complex scientific background that allows a laser to safely, efficiently, and effectively remove tattoo ink from your skin.

Really, all you need to know is that it is effective and that it’s safe!

But, if you’re curious to know the science behind tattoo removal, then this article will shed some light on the subject.

Why it works better than any other method

First of all, the other options out there (dermabrasion, tattoo removal creams, excision, etc) do NOT work at all. There is no evidence to prove that any of the techniques can completely remove your tattoo without resulting in terrible scars or wounds.

So, to explain why laser tattoo removal is better than all the other options out there, it’s important to know how it works.

Laser tattoo removal works like a hammer against a large rock.

Think of a large, heavy rock. One that’s hard for you to pick up.

The tattoo ink in your skin is like that large rock. The ink is in a semisolid form – it sits in different layers of your skin (depending on the color of the ink).

Now, think of the hammer as the q-switched laser.

If you continually hammer a large rock, what happens?

Eventually, the large rock will turn into smaller rocks, then little rocks, then pebbles, and then, if you work hard enough, sand.

The q-switched laser does the same thing.

The laser breaks up the ink underneath your skin into small pieces. Once the ink is in small enough pieces, your body can work its magic to flush them out (remember, the ink is a foreign object to begin with, and your body has been trying to get rid of it for a while. The laser just helps your body do its job better).

During each treatment, the q-switched laser continues to break up the ink particles until, eventually, your body is able to flush them all out.

The Q-Switched Laser

The section above mentions a q-switched laser a lot.

But what is a q-switched laser?

The q-switched laser is the best, safest, and most effective tattoo removal laser on the market. We use it for our clinics.

Whatever you do, don’t go to a laser tattoo removal clinic that uses a picosure laser. Picosure lasers have been reported to scar, burn, and damage your skin (while not doing as good of a job of removing your tattoo).

How many sessions?

This is a question that we constantly get asked, especially over the phone or via email.

The answer is that it depends.

For some people, laser tattoo removal will only take 3-4 sessions.

For others, it can take 10+ sessions to fully remove their tattoo.

The only way to know how many sessions you’ll need is to have an initial consultation with you (totally free) where we get to see your tattoo in person and ask you some questions. Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

How to remove tattoos at home for free (fyi this doesn’t exist…)

We already mentioned that laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effetive option to remove your tattoos.

But, it needs to be reiterated.

A lot of people search on the internet or watch YouTube videos on “free ways to remove tattoos” or “at-home tattoo removal remedies” – those are scams, usually dangerous, and don’t work.

Please, for your health and safety, do not try any of those. Laser tattoo removal is the only safe way to do it.