How Does Tattoo Removal Actually Work?

It seems like tattoos are growing in popularity every year. Along with the increasing popularity, though, there’s also increasing tattoo regret. Whether you begin to want rid of your body art a day, week, month, or years after you get it, Dr. Jovanovic can help. 

New methods, better results

Until recently, your options for getting rid of an unwanted tattoo were limited. Often, the methods that were available left scars and had other risks. 

Now, however, laser tattoo removal gives you a better, more effective option. And, happily, the lasers are increasingly precise and powerful. 

Dr. Jovanovic uses the enlighten™ laser, which is part of the CuteraⓇ suite of lasers. The enlighten laser has many benefits compared to other tattoo removal systems. For example, it has dual pulse durations and three different wavelengths -- meaning Dr. Jovanovic has a powerful tool to remove tattoos that are new, old, brightly colored, faded, or vary in other ways. 

Why pulse and wavelength matter

When you have laser tattoo removal, the pigment in the ink absorbs the energy from the laser. Eventually, the pigment molecules burst apart. Your body’s lymphatic system then removes the tiny particles of pigment through its normal processes. 

The darker the color of the ink, the more energy it absorbs, so it’s usually easier to remove dark-colored tattoos than lighter-colored ones. Traditionally, greens, yellows, and lighter colors have been most difficult to treat. 

The enlighten laser’s multiple wavelengths means that Dr. Jovanovic has more control for removing different colors. Rather than needing multiple lasers, he can simply adjust the settings on one powerful tool. 

Other factors that make tattoos more difficult to remove include the depth of the ink, the size of the ink particles, and the age of the tattoo. The fact that the enlighten laser has dual pulses and multiple wavelengths means that Dr. Jovanovic can make adjustments for all of those different factors. 

Multiple sessions are usually necessary

Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to come in the office and leave without a tattoo. As powerful as the enlighten laser is, and as skilled as Dr. Jovanovic is, it’s likely going to take multiple sessions to remove your tattoo. 

That’s because it takes time for your body to remove the blasted pigment particles, so you may need six, eight, or possibly 12 weeks between sessions. The number of sessions you need depends on the size of the tattoo, the colors, where it is on your body, and several other factors. 

If you have a tattoo that you wish you hadn’t gotten and you’d like to know more about laser tattoo removal, book your appointment with Dr. Jovanovic today. He evaluates your situation and tells you if you’re a good candidate, how many sessions you’re likely to need, and what your personal risks may be. 

You can schedule your appointment using our online booking tool, or simply call our office at 347-589-8018, Monday through Friday. We’ll be happy to book your consultation. 

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