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Dr. Glenn Messina
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Laser Tattoo Removal (Overview)

This is the process if using pairing colors in a tattoo with discrete or specific wavelengths of light. The color then absorbs the energy from the light which heats and liquified the ink which is then cleared by the patient's lymphatic systems naturally. Darker colors are more easily removed than yellow/green and many treatments are required for optimal results.


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How does laser tattoo removal work?

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Tatoo removal: Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using lasers that react with the ink in the tattoo, thus breaking the ink down. The broken-down ink is then absorbed by the body, mimicking the natural fading that time or sun exposure would create. Widely considered the gold standard treatment modality to remove a tattoo, laser tattoo removal requires repeat visits. ...Read more

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Dr. Glenn Messina
36 doctors shared insights

Laser Tattoo Removal (Overview)

This is the process if using pairing colors in a tattoo with discrete or specific wavelengths of light. The color then absorbs the energy from the light which heats and liquified the ink which is then cleared by the patient's lymphatic systems naturally. Darker colors are more easily removed than yellow/green and many treatments are required for optimal results.


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What amount does laser tattoo removal cost?

What amount does laser tattoo removal cost?

Varies: The standard is about $100 per sq inch of solid ink for the first 5 inches then it goes down to about $75. The cost varies with difficulty , the colors in the tattoo the lasers required for removal can be costly to operate. A good figure is a credit card size tattoo that is black will cost about $3000 by the time you are done with all the treatments. ...Read more

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Can laser tattoo removal cause health problem?

Can laser tattoo removal cause health problem?

Not Likely: If you have the tattoo treated with an appropriate laser, usually a Q-switch (fast pulse) the effects should be limited to disruption of the tattoo pigment in the skin. I have seen tattoos treated with an inappropriate laser that lead to burns, scarring, but no other type of health issues. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I was wondering how effective is laser tattoo removal?

Alot of factors: Proper lasers and a good knowledgable md are important age of the tattoo ( older harder to remove 100%) size colors all are important. I remove a lot of tattoos colored ones are difficult however I use 5 lasers! i ca remove that majority of the inks black red dark blues comeout better sky blue needs a ruby green too yellow likely will not come out and white as well. ...Read more

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What health problems are caused by laser tattoo removal?

What health problems are caused by laser tattoo removal?

None as noted: Laser tattoo removal allows for the macrophages to remove your ink bringing it to the nodes. There does not seem to be any ill effects. There are immediate risks and most of which are operator dependent scar formation , blistering, infection from poor after care and some others not related to the persons allergic reaction to ink, swelling, itch, pigment loos ( the skin looses pigment) ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: laser tattoo removal?

What is the definition or description of: laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal: This is the process if using pairing colors in a tattoo with discrete or specific wavelengths of light. The color then absorbs the energy from the light which heats and liquified the ink which is then cleared by the patient's lymphatic systems naturally. Darker colors are more easily removed than yellow/green and many treatments are required for optimal results. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if laser tattoo removal hurts less than second or third sessions?

Can you tell me if laser tattoo removal hurts less than second or third sessions?

Maybe slightly: Double edge sword here. The shattering of the ink is the main cause of pain. In the early session if I laser non inked skin there is really little pain. After each session there is less of an ink load so there should be less pain however you need to increase your laser power so that increases the pain a bit. THus the reduction of pain may not seem that different as time goes on. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about any health implications from laser tattoo removal? Or is it an unnecessary concern?

Should I be concerned about any health implications from laser tattoo removal? Or is it an unnecessary concern?

So far no problems: Aside from instant problems like burns from inappropriate laser use there seems to be no adverse health issues to laser tattoo removal. The ink in taken up by your lympahtics which is where it would go already but much more slowly. Thre is no study that shows any acute health issues ...Read more

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Does your office do laser tattoo removal? Julie

Yes: I have been performing LTR for about 7 years. I am on long island I would recommend you only go to a physician well trained in LTR using FDA approved Q switched lasers. A serious office will have 2 to 5 lasers specifically for LTR Good Luck ...Read more

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In laser tattoo removal, what happens to the old ink?

Lymphatics: the ink is broken into tiny particles which get taken up by your immune system and brought to the lymph node where over time it is expelled from your body ...Read more

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Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Laser (Definition)

Laser is an abbreviation for light amplification ...Read more