Laser tattoo removal is an exciting area of medicine, combining the satisfaction of a cosmetic procedure with the latest technology.  Here is a glossary of terms we at New Look use when discussing tattoo removal.

Absorption – in the field of laser tattoo removal, the process by which the energy of a photon is taken up by something else, in this case by an atom in the pigment of your tattoo

 – a substance used to block the feeling of pain or other sensations

 – a pharmaceutical that inhibits or eliminates the growth of bacteria, fungi, or protozoa

 – the frequency of visible light; a phenomenon of light that enables differentiation of objects

 – a water-soluble substance added to the skin; in laser tattoo removal this can take the form of an antibiotic used to prevent infection

– a surgical procedure where liquid nitrogen or other liquid is applied to skin and layers are peeled away

 – a cosmetic medical procedure where layers of the skin are removed by sanding with abrasives

– a surgical procedure that removes a portion of skin; before lasers, a painful form of tattoo removal

Homemade tattoo
 – a tattoo made outside of a professional studio – often using India, pen, or other ink

 – excess pigmentation/color

 – loss of pigmentation/color

 – an acronym meaning “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”; in tattoo removal, a light of a specific wavelength to remove particular colors is generated by a gain medium and amplified, then directed towards the tattoo pigment

 – a substance used a coloring – in a tattoo, the most common pigment is black, but thousands can be mixed

Professional tattoo
– a tattoo applied at a professional tattoo studio by trained staff with professional equipment

 – also known as dermal pigmentation – is a mark on the body

Tattoo Removal
 – a procedure to remove unwanted tattoos – most recently using highly-specific lasers to break up tattoo ink

 – the distance between two crests or troughs of a wave of light – laser tattoo removal uses several different wavelengths to address different colors of tattoo ink