Why Are Tattoos Permanent?

DruckLaser tattoo removal is an exciting procedure that uses advanced laser technology to break up the tattoo ink trapped in your skin. Tattoo application works by inserting ink particles into the dermis, the deepest layer of skin. As soon as the ink is embedded, your body’s immune system recognizes the ink particles as foreign substances and sends phagocytes to remove them.

Due to the large size and deep location of the ink particles, your body’s immune system is unable to remove them, causing them to remain trapped in the dermis. Although your immune system is unable to remove the ink particles on its own, it continuously eats away at the particles over time. This explains why tattoos are permanent but fade and lose color over time.

Laser-Skin Interaction

A002_C015_0312NALaser tattoo removal helps speed up the natural fading process by using light energy to break up the ink particles. During your treatment, our Discovery Pico Plus laser emits ultra-quick pulses of light energy directly onto the tattoo ink. The different colored ink particles absorb the light energy and shatter into tiny fragments. Thanks to the laser’s energy, the ink particles are small enough for your body’s immune system to flush out naturally.

The key to laser tattoo removal is the absorption of light energy. Different colored inks absorb and reflect different wavelengths of light energy. The correct wavelength must be used in order to achieve absorption and successful optimal shattering. If the incorrect wavelength is used, the ink pigment will reflect the light energy, not shatter, and remain trapped in your skin. The most resistant ink pigments are bright blue, vibrant green, and stubborn black. Only our Discovery Pico Plus laser is capable of removing these difficult ink pigments quickly and effectively.

Over a series of treatments, our Discovery Pico Plus laser will continue to assist your immune system by shattering the large ink particles in your skin. Your tattoo will fade more and more following each treatment until no ink is visible in your skin. Laser tattoo removal at LIGTHEN UP Laser Clinic is the most effective, noninvasive method for getting rid of unwanted ink. Call our Northeast Houston office today to schedule your free consultation!