LASER TATTOO REMOVAL TREATMENT
Today, tattoo removal treatment is performed with Q-switched lasers. Methods other than Q switch laser are generally not preferred because they leave traces. Q-switched lasers can perform tattoo removal by splitting the tattoo ink without leaving any traces on the surrounding skin. Tattoo ink has settled under the skin in such a large size that the body cells cannot remove it. Therefore, tattooing is a permanent procedure. Q switch lasers break the tattoo ink into small pieces without damaging the skin. Thus, the tattoo ink becomes small enough for the cells to catch and expel, and the tattoo removal treatment takes place. The more intense the pigment is and the more professional it is, the higher the number of sessions. In each tattoo removal session, the color of the tattoo lightens by 10-20%.
For tattoo removal to be successful, the tattoo must be at least 1 year old. Tattoo removal treatment is done at intervals of 6-8 weeks. For a complete tattoo removal, an average of 4-6 sessions for amateur tattoos, including permanent make-up, and more than 6 sessions for professional tattooing may be required.
The devices used in tattoo removal are:
Q switched ND YAG laser 1064 nm (black, dark blue tattoos)
Q switched ND YAG 532 nm KTP laser (red, purple, orange tattoos)
Q switched ruby laser (black, dark blue green tattoos)
Q switched alexandrite laser (black, dark blue green tattoos)
Pulsed dye pigment laser (red, green, dark blue tattoos)
Q switched ND YAG laser is used more safely in tattoo removal treatment of dark-skinned people. Tattoo removal prices vary according to the size of the tattoos. Session removal price for large tattoos is higher than for small tattoos.
During tattoo removal, local anesthetic creams and cooling applications are usually sufficient for anesthesia. After the procedure, epithelial creams are applied for a few weeks. During the tattoo removal process on sun-exposed areas, sunscreen creams should be used between sessions.