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The Science of Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are a form of personal artistic expression. You have the ability to display anything you wish on your body, and it will last a lifetime. But what happens if you grow to dislike the tattoo or regret the placement? As you grow older your tastes may change, so it is conceivable to no longer identify with a tattoo anymore. Laser tattoo removal makes it possible to remove the image. There is no need to keep a tattoo that no longer gives you enjoyment. In some workplaces it is frowned upon to have visible tattoos, so it may be beneficial for your career to have the tattoo removed. Tattoo removal is also useful if the ink causes an allergic reaction with your skin. There are multiple reasons to get laser tattoo removal but before you do, there are some things you should know.

The permanency of tattoos is due to the metals used to create the ink. The body however interprets the tattoo as a foreign substance, to which the immune system will try to eliminate it. White bloods cells are able to eradicate any ink particles that are smaller than it, which is why fading happens naturally. For most tattoos though the ink particles are too large, so the white blood cells will not be able to erase the entire tattoo. Laser removal is reliant on the body’s immune system for the procedure to work. The laser penetrates the skin with an intense light that causes the ink particles to separate. Once the ink particles are small enough, the immune system will carry out the rest of the removal. The white cells will transfer the ink particles to the liver and rid the body of the ink molecules.

The fragmentation of the ink is possible with Q-switch lasers or intense pulsed light. The lasers utilize a quick burst of light so only half of the particle is affected. That area of the particle then expands due to the heat applied. The other half of the particle however remains cool. The conflicting temperatures force the ink particle to fracture. This technique is known as photothermolysis, which is also used for laser hair removal. The concentrated light focuses solely on the pigmented skin, so the skin surrounding the tattoo will not be disturbed. Darker colors, such as black and blue, are easier to clear away. The lighter pigments and reflective inks, however, are less susceptible to the lasers. For complete removal of a tattoo, several sessions will be needed. The amount of sessions is dependent on the size of the design. Treatments are typically scheduled three weeks apart.

While there are several options for tattoo removal, the most effective method is laser. For the best results, it’s crucial to receive treatment at the right place. It’s important to rely on specialists who know exactly what they are doing. Trained professionals can be found at Lexington Tattoo Removal. We are certified experts, so you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. Lexington Tattoo Removal is located in Lexington, KY and provides service to the surrounding area.