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The practice of tattoos for body decorative purposes has been increasing over the years and is considered a body art in most parts of the world. With the increase in the number of tattoos also come many situations and reasons for people wanting to remove their unwanted tattoos.

At Rejuva Dermatology & Vein Center here in Venice, FL our cosmetic experts, Dr. Mazloom and Dr. Rasouli offer effective and safe laser treatments for permanent removal of unwanted tattoos.

What are Tattoos?

The history of tattooing goes back to the prehistoric stone ages. Today, people get tattoos for artistic, sentimental, memorial, religious, spiritual, and identification with a certain group, among other reasons.

Tattoo artists create tattoos by injecting or inserting the tattoo inks, or dyes into the dermis layer of the skin. After this initial placement, tattoos tend to disperse within the dermis and even the epidermis (top layer of skin). The knowledge of different types of tattoos and their depth is important in effective laser treatment of unwanted tattoos.

There are other forms of skin tattoo such as trauma-induced tattoos, cosmetic tattoos, or surgical tattoos. Patients may desire tattoo removal for various reasons.

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How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Lasers produce a coherent electromagnetic energy beam, which then targets certain components in the skin to achieve the results. Lasers target the “chromophore” or the pigment of the tattoo. The energy beam is then absorbed by the pigment and causes the ink particles to shatter into many tiny particles. The body naturally clears out the particles allowing for the tattoo to become more faint with each treatment.

The efficacy of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors including the type and color of ink or dye used, the depth of the pigment placement at the time of tattooing, the type of laser used, and certain patient factors. Evaluating the colors utilized in the tattoo is important as different wavelengths are needed to target different colors.

Quality-Switched (QS) lasers are used for tattoo removal. These lasers are preferred due to their short pulse duration and high intensity. These pulse duration intervals are in nano or picoseconds. These quick pulses allow for enough energy to reach the tattoo pigment but do not last long enough to cause damage to the surrounding skin.

Multiple sessions are required to completely remove a tattoo. The number of sessions is dependent on the size of the tattoo, length of time the tattoo has been present, colors in the tattoo, and location on the body. Tattoos on the body induced by trauma typically do not require as many sessions as professional tattoos.

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Can Colored Tattoos Be Removed?

Yes. We can greatly fade or remove tattoos with intricate detail and color. Black pigment is the easiest for lasers to remove as it absorbs a wider range of wavelengths. Light green and yellow pigments are often the hardest to remove, though not impossible. These colors may require longer treatment.

What Can I Expect At The Consultation?

We offer laser tattoo removal at ReJUVA Dermatology & Vein Center in Venice, FL. A consultation is required before the procedure, where we sit down to discuss your treatment goals and answer any questions. We will thoroughly examine the tattoo, pigments used, and your skin tone to determine the best laser treatment for your tattoo removal.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss pain-free, non-surgical laser tattoo removal! Contact us at 941-529-0070.

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