How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Tattoos have been a globally utilised form of body modification for many years, but the modern removal method only started in the 1960s. Laser removal – while not widely used at its conception – has become the go-to method for removing tattoos and has seen incredible increases in efficacy over the years. But how does laser tattoo removal work, and should you consider it?

Understanding How to Remove a Tattoo

During the tattooing process, the artist injects ink into the skin, which – after healing – results in a permanent presentation. However, the efficacy of the permanent inking process naturally makes it harder to remove. So, how do lasers remove your body art?

High-Intensity Light Beams

The main reason laser removal works for tattoos is the high-intensity light beams it produces. The tattoo absorbs this light into the pigment, which breaks the pigment apart. Black, red, and blue ink is the easiest to remove as the colour black absorbs all laser wavelengths.

Understanding How to Remove a Tattoo

Multiple Sessions

While a high-intensity light beam works to break down pigment, it cannot do so in a single session. When you have your first consultation with the laser treatment specialist, they will advise you on the required sessions. The number naturally increases based on the tattoo’s size. Complete removal can take months.

Possible Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal

When discussing how to remove a tattoo with laser treatment, it’s essential to mention possible side effects. While side effects are much less common through laser treatment than other methods – such as dermabrasion or excision – you can still experience adverse consequences. Here are some possible side effects:

  • Increased risk of infection on the site.
  • A slight chance of permanent scarring on the skin.
  • One hundred percent removal is often impossible, but removing black, blue, or red colours offers the best result.
  • Hypo- or hyperpigmentation is possible, leaving the skin lighter or darker than surrounding areas.


Finding the Right Team to Assist With Laser Tattoo Removal

At Quantum Tattoo Removal Clinic, we provide comprehensive assistance from the first consultation to your last laser removal session. During our consultation, we will study the tattoo in question and provide suggestions on session durations, session count, and expectations. Why not read our comprehensive guide on laser tattoo removal if you have a different question than “How does laser tattoo removal work”?

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