Although tattoos are typically applied with the intention of permanently decorating the skin, people often desire to remove them for a variety of reasons. Until recently tattoo removal could result in disfiguring scars, but advances in laser dermatology now offer safe and effective laser techniques to successfully remove unwanted tattoos
Every tattoo is unique and requires removal techniques tailored to each individual case. Once the tattoo is evaluated, it can be removed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. High energy lasers such as the Q-switched ruby, Q-switched Nd-YAG, or Q-switched KTP lasers, which are combined in our Alex TriVantage laser, are used separately or in appropriate combinations to target the tattoo pigments. Specifically, these high energy lasers fracture the tattoo pigments to allow the body’s immune system to gradually eliminate the unwanted color. Multiple treatments are typically required to achieve the desired effect.