People get tattoos for different reasons: to be rebellious, as a dare, for visual appeal, or to promote something they feel strongly about (just to name a few). Going into the tattoo parlor for the first time is exhilarating, but years later when this permanent piece of art is not as it once appeared, the option for removal is wonderful. Laser tattoo removal makes this possible, not only for those who have faded tattoos that have lost their luster, but also for those who no longer wish to represent the image their tattoos convey. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Laser Institute of Georgia, our physicians utilize PicoSure™, Q-Switched Ruby (RD-1200™) and Medilite® IV YAG laser, among other lasers, for removal of tattoo pigment of all colors. Laser tattoo removal works by emitting a focused beam of laser light that passes through the skin’s outer layer and is absorbed by the tattoo ink, breaking the pigment into smaller particles that are eventually removed by the body’s natural healing processes.
Professional, multi-colored tattoos are the most difficult to eliminate as their pigments are usually more concentrated and placed deeper within the skin. The FDA-approved PicoSure™ laser uses short bursts of energy to effectively remove deep, dark tattoos including blue and green ink in fewer treatments than other lasers. This highly advanced laser can safely remove tattoos without injury to surrounding skin. Rest assured that our physicians who have been performing tattoo removal since the 1990s have experience with even the most stubborn tattoos. Homemade blue-black tattoos respond best to lasers because lasers are more easily absorbed by the darker pigment.
The sensation associated with laser tattoo removal is manageable and mild, like a rubber band snap. The number of treatments necessary depends upon multiple variables such as size, color, type, amount of ink used, and the age of the tattoo. As with any laser procedure, there is a risk of scarring; however, DAA’s precise laser technology and experience reduces the risk of treatment side effects considerably.
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