Tattoo Removal by Houston Cosmetic Surgeon
Houston Tattoo Removal With The MedLite Laser And Ruby System
Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed just as long. Early attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results. The use of dermabrasion, salabrasion and Argon or C02 lasers have left behind scars in place of the tattoo.
The advent of Q-Switched lasers has permitted the removal of most tattoo inks by a cosmetic surgeon, with a very low risk of scarring. The laser can significantly lighten or remove many tattoo inks, and is particularly advanced in the removal of black and red inks, though many green inks do not respond well to lasers.
The laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. Just as natural sunlight is made up of light wavelengths of many colors, a laser is a device which is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. These wavelengths are absorbed, reflected or simply passed through objects. Tattoo ink is removed by using a specific wavelength which passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to destruct, where it is then removed by the body’s natural filtering systems. Medical research has taught us which wavelengths of light to use and specifically how to deliver the laser’s output to best remove tattoo ink.
The laser uses a light wavelength which passes through skin, but is absorbed by most inks. The laser also delivers the light in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. The use of this specific combination of wavelength and rapidly pulsed light, results in minimal damage to the skin while providing maximum tattoo ink removal.