Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal @ Cosmetic Outlook Clinic

Tattooing: The act of marking temporary or permanent image, pattern, pictures or word. This is created by using needles to put colored pigment under the skin to give a tattoo.


Tattoo removal has been performed with various tools. While tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially. Before the development of laser tattoo removal methods, the common techniques used were:

Dermabrasion: In this procedure skin will be numbed and then sanded to reveal unblemished layers of skin underneath the tattoo. Dermabrasion may or may not remove the tattoo completely. This is not recommended if one is prone to hypo or hyper pigmentation, scaring.

Salabrasion: Scrubbing the skin with salt.

Chemical peeling (TCA peel): Trichloracetic acid peel, an acid that removes the superficial layers of skin, reaching as deep as the layer in which the tattoo ink resides.

Cryosurgery: An excision which is sometimes still used along with skin grafts for larger tattoos. In cryosurgery, the tattoo is made to cool down to the extent that it is frozen down by using liquid nitrogen and the superficial layer of skin will get frosting that can be removed easily.

Chemical peels: This works by applying peeling agents and are similar in that when applied causes superficial layers of skin to frost and blister and subsequently to peel off.

Tattoo removal by laser: With Nd-yag / Q-switched laser, this became commercially available in the early 1990s. Today, laser tattoo removal, usually refers to the non-invasive removal of tattoo pigments using Q-switched lasers. Typically, black and dark colored inks can be removed more completely.

Laser tattoo Removal

In United States approximately 20 percent of population has some sort of tattoo on their body. Eventually, 50 percent of them want their tattoo removed by laser.

Newer laser tattoo removal techniques by laser, can remove tattoos with minimal side effects.

How laser works: Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment of colors in the tattoo with a high intensity of light beam emitting from the laser.

Black color has affinity to laser light; hence black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it easy to treat. Other colors can be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment color using color filters.


Consider laser surgery by a reputable dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.

Laser tattoo removal is one of the methods of tattoo removal that is none invasive, (does not involve cutting into the skin) uses pulses of light at a very high concentration to remove the tattoo. Procedure is carried out under topical / local anesthesia.

Keep in mind tattoo removal is considered a cosmetic procedure and will not be covered by medical insurance. Your Cosmetic surgeon will have an initial consultation with you to discuss your treatment options, including how many laser sessions will be required to remove your tattoo. Considered one of the most effective and safest ways to remove a tattoo. Laser tattoo removal can cause scarring, blisters or scabbing, as well as pain in the laser area


Cosmetic Outlook Explains Who Can Benefit From Laser Tattoo Removal.

Each tattoo is unique, removal techniques should be tailored to meet and suite individually. In past, tattoos were removed by wide variety of techniques but, in many cases, the scars were more visible than the tattoo itself.

Patients with previously treated tattoos may also be candidates for laser therapy. Tattoos that have not been effectively removed by other treatments will respond well to laser therapy providing the prior treatments did not left in excessive scarring.


Cosmetic Outlook Clinic is known for its excellence in Tattoo Removal

To have a tattoo removed, make sure you find a reputable cosmetic surgery center / skin surgery center that specializes in tattoo removal to ensure proper treatment and care.

What One Can Expect During Laser Tattoo Removal?

The number of sessions required will vary depending on the size / color of the tattoo. Your tattoo may be removed in three to five visits, though it may take more sessions. Schedule a consultation with the Doctor, during which he or she will evaluate your personal situation and advise you on the process.

The approach to the treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size, and type of tattoo (amateur or professional tattoos). The color of the patient’s skin, as well as the depth to which the tattoo pigment extends, will also affect the removal. For the same reason, the number of treatments will vary with laser or any other technique.

What happens during an office visit for tattoo removal using the newer lasers:

Protective eye shields will be worn by the patient along with Doctor and the assistants.

Mostly anesthesia is not required. However, depending on the location of the tattoo and the pain threshold for the patient, the Doctor may opt to use some form of anesthesia (topical anesthetic cream) or painkiller injections.

The skin is tested by laser beam to determine the most effective energy for treatment.


The treatment consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of skin and activating the laser beam. Patients experience as snapping of a rubber band against the skin.

Smaller tattoos require fewer pulses while larger ones require more. At each treatment, the tattoo should become progressively lighter.

Immediately after laser therapy, an ice pack is placed to soothe the treated area. Topical antibiotic ointment will be applied and area bandaged. Patients will be advised to use a sun block when out in the sun.


Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?

With the newer laser technology, tattoo removal has become much more effective with minimal risk of scarring. Laser treatment is safer than traditional methods such as excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion.

Because laser treatment has unique ability to selectively, treat pigment in the tattoo.

In many cases, certain colors may be more effectively removed than other colors. It is known that blue/black tattoos respond particularly well to laser treatment.


Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal, Explained!

There are minimal side effects of laser tattoo removal. However, following are to be considered, risk of infection at the site of tattoo removal, lack of complete pigment removal, risk of hypo pigmentation / hyper pigmentation and there is some chance the treatment can leave you with permanent scar.

Cosmetic Tattoos like lip liner, eyeliner, and eyebrows may darken following treatment with tattoo removal lasers. Further treatment of the darkened tattoos usually results in fading.