The types of tattoo ink that can be treated with laser:
- Amateur or professionally inscribed tattoo ink
- Ink colors black, blue are the easiest to clear
- Green, red, yellow, and other colors may be slower to fade
- Traumatic tattoo (pencil stab or asphalt fall/trauma)
- Radiation tattoo markings
- Certain types of permanent makeup tattoo
Laserderm has decades of experience in laser tattoo removal, and has continued to improve patient care by the addition of safer and more effective technological advances through the years. Tattoo ink can fade gradually with each treatment and some tattoo inks can be cleared completely. Q-switched lasers have powerful laser beams that have much shorter pulse durations than regular mode lasers used in dermatology. The tattoo ink is disrupted or “shattered” into particles small enough for the body to then clear away.
There are many factors that affect how quickly or slowly a tattoo is cleared with laser treatment. Darker ink tends to fade with few treatments, and lighter colors may take more sessions before becoming barely visible. In addition to the actual color of ink, the density of ink inscription, location of the tattoo, and unique immune status of the patient are all factors that can affect the total number of treatments it will take before the tattoo is gone.
Permanent tattooing of brows, eyeliner, lip liner may seem convenient, however it is not always possible to remove unwanted areas. Ferric oxide which is often used to create reddish or brown hues for brows and lip liner will turn darker with laser treatment, rather than lightening the unwanted permanent makeup.
Cancer survivors who have undergone radiation therapy are left with tattoo markings, often a painful reminder of the disease they once had. Laserderm participates in the National awareness campaign “New Beginnings”, educating survivors about the free laser treatment program to remove these tattoos. Ontario residents are covered for this treatment under the Ministry of Health.