Laser Tattoo Removal: The Non-Invasive Tattoo Removal Technique
Removing a tattoo that is no longer desired, needed or meaningful has been done using various methods and tools in the course of tattooing history. Before the development of modern tattoo removal techniques, removing a tattoo was more of removing the skin with the tattoo than it was removing that pigmentation on the skin. Those old methods of removing a tattoo were part of the main reasons why tattoos were widely considered permanent.
The Laser Tattoo Removal Technique
The onset of non-invasive techniques of removing a tattoo has gone to banish the long time beliefs that tattoos were permanent marks. The laser technique, which became commercially available less than three decades ago has stood out as a popular choice of treatment.
The laser action of removing tattoos technically applies the theory of selective photothermolysis; heating tattoo pigments to the point of fragmentation at very high temperatures and in very short periods of time that run into nanoseconds. Once fragmented, the particles are removed from the body through normal bodily functions.
Who Can Use Tattoo Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal when performed by a qualified person is generally safe. It can be done on anyone who is not predisposed to any adverse effects of laser therapy. People who have not had success with other tattoo treatments can also be candidates for laser removal provided that the prior procedures did not result in too much scarring.
Advantages of Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser treatment of tattoos is as noninvasive as techniques can get. There are many advantages associated with non-invasive methods of removing tattoos, and most people would rather live with their tattoos than have their skin sandpapered or cut off.
The discomfort from the laser procedure varies from the feeling that one would get when an elastic band is snapped on the skin to when hot oil is applied on the skin. It all depends on the pain threshold of the patient.
Pretreatment may include topical application of anesthesia or complete anesthesia administered by injection locally.
Risks of Laser Tattoo Removal
Even though laser treatment has come a long way, there is always that small probability that unwanted side effects might occur with laser tattoo removal. These include the possibility of skin discoloration in the form of hyper or hypo-pigmentation, and changes in the texture of the skin.
Even though such side effects are usually not permanent, they may be a cause of concern for some people. On very rare occasions, scarring may result from burns from the laser heat, and that would typically occur due to poor care of the affected area by the patient.