Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using lasers that break down the ink particles in the tattoo. The broken-down ink is then fought off by the immune system, mimicking the natural fading that time or sun exposure would create. All tattoo pigments have specific light absorption spectra. A tattoo laser must be capable of emitting adequate energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment to provide an effective treatment. Certain tattoo pigments, such as yellows, greens and fluorescent inks are more challenging to treat than darker blacks and blues because they have absorption spectra that fall outside or on the edge of the emission spectra available in the tattoo removal laser. Recent pastel colored inks contain high concentrations of titanium dioxide which are highly reflective. Consequently, such inks are difficult to remove since they reflect a significant amount of the incident light energy out of the skin.