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There are many reasons a person may want to have a tattoo removed. Some may be embarrassed by their tattoo choice. Others may have a new job or career that requires having their tattoos removed. Whatever the reason, Flawless Med Spa is here to help.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

During a laser tattoo removal treatment, a laser is guided over the tattoo to shatter the ink pigment that is embedded in the skin. Lasers use concentrated pulses of energy. Each pulse of energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo. As the pigments absorb the energy, they heat up and then shatter into tiny particles. These ink particles are then dispersed and no longer visible on the surface of the skin.

When it comes to removing color, different wavelengths of light are absorbed by different ink colors. The correct wavelength will need to be directed at the targeted ink color to be able to break it down. Black and gray tattoos are typically the easiest to remove. Red inks are also fairly easy to remove. Darker blues, greens, and purples are most difficult to remove. 

At Flawless Med Spa, we can remove all the colors of tattoo ink because our Pico lasers are able to operate at multiple wavelengths to remove darker inks, brighter inks, and the most difficult to remove blue-greens. 

How Many Laser Tattoo Removal Sessions Will I Need?

There are several factors to consider when determining how many laser tattoo removal sessions will be needed:

1. The age of the tattoo. 

Older tattoos are easier to remove because they have had time to fade over time. Newer tattoos will still have the full saturation of ink and will be harder to remove.

2. The type of ink used. 

In the world of tattoos, there is no one standard for the quality of ink used. There are also variations in the type of ink administered. The better quality inks will be more difficult to remove.

3. The colors used. 

Blacks, grays, and reds are typically the easiest to remove.  Dark blues, greens, and purples are harder to remove.

4. The expertise of the tattoo artist. 

Amatuer tattoo artists generally tend to use a lower quality of ink and do not inject it as deep into the skin as their professional counterparts. The higher the quality of the ink and the deeper that ink is injected, the more difficult it is to remove, requiring more laser treatments.

With these factors in mind, most professionally applied tattoos will take anywhere from 5 to 12 treatments to remove completely. The sessions are scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart to give the body healing time between sessions.  During your initial consultation, our professionals will assess the depth, colors, and other important factors when determining how much treatment is safe for each session and how many sessions will be needed to remove your particular tattoos.

Take The Next Step

Patient safety and comfort are our top priorities. Call Flawless Med Spa at (505) 888-1185 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We are pleased to serve patients throughout the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe areas.

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