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How does laser tattoo removal work?

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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Vaporizing

The laser delivers energy to the tattoo ink which breaks it down and releases it from binding to the tissue.
Then your process of normal body cleanup will remove the fragments. Laser does a little damage to the adjacent normal skin within the substance of the tattoo so there will be some pigment alteration and sometimes a light scar. Discuss with the laser surgeon which colors respond best.

In brief: Vaporizing

The laser delivers energy to the tattoo ink which breaks it down and releases it from binding to the tissue.
Then your process of normal body cleanup will remove the fragments. Laser does a little damage to the adjacent normal skin within the substance of the tattoo so there will be some pigment alteration and sometimes a light scar. Discuss with the laser surgeon which colors respond best.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Jayson Dupre
Aesthetic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Liquifies the ink

The color in your tattoo absorbs the laser energy which cases it to heaten an liquify so your body can remove it through your lymphatic system b.

In brief: Liquifies the ink

The color in your tattoo absorbs the laser energy which cases it to heaten an liquify so your body can remove it through your lymphatic system b.
Dr. Jayson Dupre
Dr. Jayson Dupre
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: By fragmenting tatoo

Laser treatment causes tattoo pigment particles to heat up and fragment into smaller pieces.
These smaller pieces are then removed by the body.

In brief: By fragmenting tatoo

Laser treatment causes tattoo pigment particles to heat up and fragment into smaller pieces.
These smaller pieces are then removed by the body.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine

In brief: Shattering ink

Gold std Q switched lasers shatter the ink and scar holding it in place allowing easier absorption into the immune system. The laser emission must pair with the wavelength absorbed by the ink so if you have multiple colors your doctor will need several lasers.
Black/red are easiest to remove, green requires either and alexandrite or ruby laser and blue requires a ruby as well.

In brief: Shattering ink

Gold std Q switched lasers shatter the ink and scar holding it in place allowing easier absorption into the immune system. The laser emission must pair with the wavelength absorbed by the ink so if you have multiple colors your doctor will need several lasers.
Black/red are easiest to remove, green requires either and alexandrite or ruby laser and blue requires a ruby as well.
Dr. Glenn Messina
Dr. Glenn Messina
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