The process of tattoo removal dallas has been around as long as tattooing itself. The reasons vary as to why one should choose to remove a tattoo. "I was too young" and "I just don't like it", for example. For many it has to do with employment. Many employers will not hire candidates with visible tattoos or an existing company may change their policy to state tattoos must be hidden. Maybe it is a life-change event such as a break-up or divorce and the new bride does not want her new husband sporting "I Love Sue" on his bicep when her name is Renee.
Luckily tattoo removal has come a long way since the days of soaking in trichloroacetic acid, scrubbing the skin with coarse salt, or injecting lime, wine, garlic or pigeon poo. Yes, pigeon poo. There was also cryosurgery or excision, although the latter is still done with large tattoos requiring skin grafts. The along came laser tattoo removal dallas with continuous-wave lasers, which was superseded in the 1990's by Q-switched lasers or picosure tattoo removal dallas.
A tattoo remains is because the ink particles are too big to be absorbed by the body. The laser changed that by breaking the ink into small particles that the human body can absorb. The key to tattoo removal in Texas is the application selective photothermolysis (SPTL). Each pigment used in a tattoo has a specific light absorption spectra. This process relies on the following factors:
The color of the light must penetrate deep enough to reach the ink.
The tattoo pigment must absorbed the light more than the surrounding skin. Therefore, different pigments require different laser lights.
It is imperative that the pulse duration (time duration) of the laser be extremely short. The fragmentation of the ink is achieved when the surface temperature of the ink is thousands of degrees, however, it dissipates into a shock wave before the heat reaches the surrounding skin.
Enough energy must be delivered with each pulse in order to fragment the ink.
Q-switched (picosure) lasers are the only devices that meet these standards. Many wavelengths of light (laser colors) are used in removing tattoos, ranging from visible to near-infrared. Laser are usually identified by the medium used in creating the wavelength. Some of which include Q-switched 532 nm (nanometer) uses a green light effective in red and orange ink removal. Q-switched 1064 nm uses near-infrared light (invisible to humans). This is the best wavelength for use on darker skins, as it is poorly absorbed by melanin, and for black ink.
Several visits spaced at least 6-7 weeks apart will be necessary for complete tattoo removal. At each treatment on some of the particles are fragmented with the body absorbing the smallest particles first. As a result, the tattoo lightens over time. Factors influencing rate of removal include location, color, skin color, amount of ink, and layering. Patients report the pain is slightly more than that of when the tattoo was done.