Scarless Tattoo Removal

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 with a very low risk of scarring. The Medlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser is the newest system in this class of lasers. The Medlite can significantly lighten or remove many tattoo inks, and is particularly advanced in the removal of blue, black and red inks.

The laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. The colors of ink in the tattoo absorb the light from the laser causing the ink in the tattoo to destruct. The laser light is delivered in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. Rapidly pulsed light along with a specific combination of laser wavelength result in minimal damage to the skin.

The number of treatments needed to remove a tattoo can vary from 5 - 20 treatments depending on the size and color of the tattoo. The duration of each treatment is typically 2 - 5 minutes per treatment with a healing time of 10 - 21 days after each treatment. Local anesthetic may be used prior to treatment.

Common Questions

Is the process painful?

The Medlite laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band or specks of hot bacon grease on the skin. The large majority of all patients do not require anesthesia.

How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?

On the average, professional tattoos require 5-6 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 3-4 treatments, all spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used an the depth of the ink in the skin. Rarely, even more than ten treatments maybe be needed.

Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?

No, dark (Blue/Black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?

In many cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on the any given tattoo.

What type of post-treatment care is necessary?

Occasionally there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment given to you by your physician. A shower can be taken the next day although the treated area should not be scrubbed.

how It Works?

The laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. The colors of ink in the tattoo absorb the light from the laser causing the ink in the tattoo to destruct. The laser light is delivered in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. Rapidly pulsed light along with a specific combination of laser wavelength result in minimal damage to the skin.

The number of treatments needed to remove a tattoo can vary from 5 - 20 treatments depending on the size and color of the tattoo. The duration of each treatment is typically 2 - 5 minutes per treatment with a healing time of 10 - 21 days after each treatment. Local anesthetic may be used prior to treatment.