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Tattoo removal through lasers has been the most preferred method in the modern age due to its precision and reliability. The lasers used break down the ink which is then deteriorated by sunlight and absorbed by the body.
Lasers, namely Q-switched lasers, promise scar less tattoo removal which is one of the main reasons for the process being preferred over the conventional chemical and thermal methods which destroy or remove the skin layers to remove the pigmentation. This makes tattoo removal through laser less painful as compared to the other methods as well as more complete in removal.
Usage of laser method has also been combined with other methods to improve performance and reduce side effects. As a growing industry, tattoo removal through lasers, being a fast process, is being used in the mainstream and has also found its way into commercial research and development.
Effects of Tattoo Removal through Laser:
This process is dependent upon different parameters which vary with the type of laser being used. The duration of the laser’s pulse is the critical parameter and has to be calibrated appropriately; lasers with short pulses are said to be safer and more efficient.
Even though less scarring than other methods, laser treatment also has its side effects on the patients seeking removal. Many patients experience changes in skin pigmentation for around a year before they get resolved. The skin tone, wavelengths and pulses have a net effect on the post treatment condition of the individual’s skin.
Allergic responses on the other hand include photo allergic reactions due to the combination of lasers with the tattoo pigmentation. The laser treatment also changes colours of some pigments to black or another colour which then needs another treatment to remove.
Tattoo removal through laser, although uncomfortable and painful, is a tolerable process under normal circumstances. The patients who do not have enough thresholds to bear the pain associated with the removal are either given local anesthesia to prevent any sort of pain. The use of anesthesia in combination with laser tattoo removal has made the process itself fast, precise and no painful.
Post treatment pain management is specifically tailored depending on the burns or irritation experienced by the skin in the initial days to resolve this effect. Later it is given normal wound care as the laser treatment is a sterile process.
To fully remove the tattoo, many treatment sessions are required spaced 7 weeks apart generally as decreasing this gap increases the adverse effects without speeding up the body’s removal of ink. Also frequent sessions might result in scarring which is exactly opposite to the aim of the laser treatment. As a net result of the treatment in sessions, the tattoo appears to be fading over the time till it’s gone. Though individually varying, this might even go up to months to get the best results with least side effects.
The use of lasers and their efficiency, being a promising method, have become a research topic and many solutions have been designed to decrease the side effects, time duration, complication and the efficiency of the treatment. Q-switched laser treatments are most common.
Laser salons have recently been competing in providing the solutions keeping in mind the above factors to increase comfort levels. This has enabled some to reduce the tattoo removal process to a fraction of the time conventional processes take. This success shows the advancement as compared to the other processes which are spread across months and numerous sessions.