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Black Ink Tattoos vs. Colored Ink Tattoos: Why does it matter?

Black Ink Tattoos vs. Colored Ink Tattoos: Why does it matter?

  • May16, 2014
  • By New Look Houston

It’s all ink, the same tattoo gun was used to apply it, why does ink color matter for laser removal?

Well, it pretty simple.

Unlike having the tattoo applied, the laser itself is not invasive – it does not go into your skin. The tattoo mechanism that is used to physically put the ink into the skin can move all ink colors because it essentially carries the ink to its “permanent” location in the dermis layer of skin and drops it off.

The laser tattoo removal technology at New Look Houston uses pulses of light energy to penetrate the skin, deep into the dermis, and target the existing ink. Where does ink color come in, you ask?

Colorful tattooThe laser energy is delivered in unique wavelengths. These wavelengths determine which portions of the color spectrum are targeted and thus treated. So, for example, a 532nm wavelength targets red ink in the skin and is used during each laser treatment for tattoos that contain red ink. The 694nm wavelength is ideal for vibrant blue and green inks – so if you have either of those colors, among others – the 694nm wavelength will be used during your treatment. The final, 1064nm wavelength is very versatile and most commonly used as it is ideal for black in and other similarly dark colors.

Different lasers and wavelengths do not penetrate the skin like tattoo gun needles so they require varying technologies – no single laser can treat all ink colors effectively.

Because of this science and need for a number of laser types, the tattoo removal experts at New Look Laser Tattoo Removal have invested in the most versatile solution to unwanted tattoos. The Q-switched Trinity laser at Houston’s New Look features three wavelengths for optimal removal. Literally 99% of ink colors can be treated to full extent.

Most clinics only use one laser with limited treatment options so people with any ink other than black may have a difficult time with removal at other places. Some “hot” new technology doesn’t even allow for the treatment of red inks! At New Look we provide Houstonians with the ability to target every ink color imaginable.

If you are having difficulty with removal anywhere else, call us today for a free consultation. We have recently upgraded our technology to the most powerful, versatile laser system on the market and look forward to proving it to you.

Visit us at our Galleria/Uptown location at 19 Briar Hollow Lane – (713) 783-2000.

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