For nearly 20 years, laser tattoo removal has been rising in popularity as a way to reverse what was once thought of as permanent. In fact, because of the ever-increasing demand for this procedure, clinics specializing in tattoo removal have been popping up all over the country in order to keep up. Even though laser tattoo removal has been proven to provide excellent results, there are still a few myths floating around that may cause a bit of confusion to anyone considering this type of service. Below, we’ll take a look at a few of the most popular ones, along with the actual truths behind them.
Myth #1: Laser treatments will not work on certain colors
Most clinics are well-prepared to remove a variety of tattoos and are equipped with several types of lasers designed to tackle a variety of colors and pigments, including reds, pinks, and yellows. The effectiveness of laser removal all depends upon the type of ink used in the original tattoo. Certain black pigments are comprised of inks which are metal based. These inks are very difficult to remove, but it is not impossible, although several treatments may be needed. No matter the color, at Vanish Laser Tattoo Removal in Alexandria Virginia, there is a laser designed to remove it.
Myth #2: Lasers burn the skin
Many years ago when these treatments were fairly new, the superficial layers of the skin were indeed burned off using a CO2 laser. Today, ruby and YAG lasers (known as Q-switched lasers) are in use to photothermically fracture the pigments within the tattoo, where they are flushed away by the body’s own natural immune system. This allows tattoos to be removed without burning, scarring or damaging the skin.
Myth #3: Cosmetic tattoos cannot be removed
There is a bit of truth to this myth. When the tattoo contains iron pigments, such as flesh-colored coverups, the ink undergoes a chemical change in reaction to the laser and can turn black. This type of pigment can be almost impossible to remove; however, if the tattoo contains non-metallic pigments, they can be removed just as easily as any other. Cosmetic tattooing on sensitive parts of the body, such as the eyes and lips, must be done with great care so as not to damage the eyes or teeth. Although it is a delicate procedure, the ink can be removed.
Myth #4: Fading creams should be used instead
Tattoo fading creams can be found all over the internet and even in some pharmacies. They are promoted as a safe alternative to laser treatments, although there are no actual scientific studies to back this claim. In fact, because there are many variations of the types of inks and pigments used in tattooing, one product cannot guarantee to work on all of the them. The premise behind these creams is they can be used safely in the home to remove a tattoo by simply smearing some on your skin, waiting, and then wiping off the extracted ink. In order for a tattoo to be removed by a topical compound, it would have to contain a potent acid which would burn off the top layer of skin, possibly causing pain and even scarring.
Although there are many misconceptions regarding laser tattoo removal out there, these are the top four.