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How does tattoo removal work?

How does tattoo removal work?

  • September22, 2015
  • By New Look Houston

Are you curious about how a tiny laser can remove tattoo ink deeply embedded in your skin? The science behind the technology of laser tattoo removal has a lot to do with how tattoos actually stay on your skin. Tattoos are applied with a mechanical needle that inject ink into a deep layer of skin.

That ink is actually made of metal, and the microscopic fragments of metal stay under the skin for decades. While some smaller fragments may break away over time, causing the tattoo to fade, the larger pieces stay intact and are what makes the tattoo remain visible on the skin.
The specialized lasers used for tattoo removal break up those large pigment particles. Intense light, which is absorbed painlessly by the top layers of skin, shatters the tattoo pigment particles into even smaller pieces. These tiny particles are then removed by the body’s immune system.

On a microscopic level, white blood cells treat the tattoo ink as a foreign object when it is first applied. This is what causes tattoos to fade over time. These white blood cells will carry off small pigment pieces that naturally break away over time and the body will dispose of those pigments through the liver. The application of the laser treatment dramatically accelerates this process. Your body will work into overdrive to remove the broken pigment fragments until it is completely disposed.

The science behind the technology helps explain why some tattoos are easier to remove than others. Certain colors have bigger color molecules, so the process can take longer. Older tattoos have already begun to break down, so the process may be shorter.

To achieve complete removal, tattoos will need laser application sessions several times. How many sessions depends on the size, area of the body, age, and colors in the tattoo. Ready to get an idea of how to remove your tattoo? Call New Look Houston today for a no-obligation quote at (713) 783-2000 or email us at Contact@NewLookHouston.com

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