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Laser tattoo removal 101: How it works
A tattoo affects more than just the surface of the skin. When you get a tattoo, the needles used pierce deep into the skin (specifically, the dermis, the inner layer of skin made up of connective tissue that houses sweat glands, hair follicles, and blood vessels). When they inject ink, which breaks up into particles there. The immune system sees the ink particles as an outsider, so it tries to fight off the ink particles. It succeeds in taking out the smaller ink particles, but the larger particles stay put.
Laser tattoo removal applies energy to the larger particles of ink, and that energy breaks the remaining particles into smaller particles. Your immune system will finish the job and flush out the remaining particles.
Picosecond and Nanosecond laser tattoo removal: A powerful combination available in Birmingham, AL
At our Birmingham, AL, location, Dr. Ink Eraser uses a combination of Picosecond and Nanosecond laser tattoo removal technology for a more effective and efficient removal process.
Nanosecond lasers are highly effective in breaking up the remaining large particles of ink into smaller particles while Picosecond lasers are great at taking out even more smaller particles. Pisosecond lasers also have 3 wavelengths, which makes it more effective to target colors that would be more difficult for other lasers to remove effectively. Not only does the wider spectrum of wavelengths help remove certain ink colors more effectively; it also ensures that tattoo removal is effective on all skin tones.
When used together, Nanosecond and Picosecond lasers also work faster than other laser removal methods and do not overheat, so our process is significantly less likely to leave scars than laser and other more traditional tattoo removal methods available in Birmingham, AL.
Factors that affect how long a tattoo removal takes
Lifestyle and health
Vaping, smoking, and tanning are lifestyle choices that hinder the body’s ability to remove ink. This doesn’t mean that tattoo removal won’t work; it will simply take more removal sessions than it would for someone who doesn’t vape, smoke, or tan.
Having a compromised immune system can also contribute to needing more tattoo removal sessions.
Metabolism and immune system
Your metabolism and immune system slow down as you age. As a result, it takes fewer sessions to remove tattoos if you’re younger.
Tattoo size and location
The tattoo’s size and location can impact the number of sessions and difficulty of its removal. A smaller tattoo in an area with higher blood flow will take significantly less time than a large tattoo in a spot where blood doesn’t flow quickly.
Ink color and skin tone
The ink colors (and the number of colors in a tattoo) and skin tone can also affect the tattoo removal process. However, the Picosecond technology makes ink color and skin tone non-issues for laser tattoo removal.
Start the process of removing your tattoo in Birmingham, AL
Dr. Ink Eraser, a laser tattoo removal business in Birmingham, AL, has the latest and greatest laser tattoo removal technology, making the removal of your tattoo less painful and more effective.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss financing options and give you an estimate for the number of removal sessions, and schedule a date for finally starting the process of removing your tattoo!