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The History of Tattoo Removal – Options and Results

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How Tattoo Removal Started…

 

The history of tattoos dates back to Ancient Egypt, 4000 B.C. when Egyptians began using permanent ink in various rituals, such as religious ceremonies, rites of passage, social status, and social hierarchy.

In recent years tattoos are still used across the globe in many of these same rituals. And more recently they have grown tremendously as individual fashion statements, and in the art of personal expression.

Yet, like most things related to fashion, art and personal expression, personal tastes change with time and outside influences. As a result, the removal of tattoos is an important and highly sought after procedure, for both the complete removal of a tattoo, as well as for modifying an existing tattoo.

 

The Early Days of Tattoo Removal…

 

The early methods used to remove a tattoo were barbaric by today’s standards. The early removal procedures consisted of nothing more than stripping away layers of skin until the ink was no longer visible. It was time consuming, painful and very risky. It often resulted in permanent scarring and other serious side effects, even deadly infections. The side effects soon became a strong deterrent. And for many, keeping their tattoo became more desirable than the risky side effects of removal.

The primary removal procedures used in the early days included excision, salabration, dermabrasion, along with surgical and chemical procedures. Chemical procedures consisting of tannic acid, silver nitrate, and phenol solutions have been used extensively. More recently, cauterization, infrared coagulation, Argon lasers, and CO2 lasers have also been used.

Yet today, q-switched lasers have made tremendous steps in advancing the safe and efficient removal of tattoos. Highly specialized q-switched lasers, designed exclusively for tattoo removal, are making the process easier and safer than ever before.

As tattoo removal laser technology has evolved, the q-switched lasers have expanded from nanosecond technology to picosecond technology. Nanoseconds are measured in billionths of a second (10-9), and picosecond technology is measures in trillionths of a second(10 -12). The picosecond technology is not only faster than nanosecond technology (100 times faster), it is also much more efficient.

 

Disadvantages of Other Methods of Tattoo Removal:

 

Surgical excision of tattoos usually results in an incomplete removal process, leaving behind unwanted and unintended scarring. These scars lead to a very high level of dissatisfaction, and are typically used only with very small tattoos.

Salabration involves scraping the top layer of the skin by using table salt and a moist gauze pad. Following this procedure, salt is applied to treated area, and a surgical dressing is applied for up to 24 hours or more. It is quite common to experience some level of scarring with this procedure as well as leaving some element of ink unaffected.

Dermabrasion is another procedure that involves scraping of the skin tissue. This process involves the use of a mechanical diamond fraise wheel or a manual wire brush. The disadvantage of this procedure is that the tissue and blood particles can become imbedded in the skin, which can consequently cause skin infections. Scarring is also another disadvantage.

Argon lasers have a few disadvantages as well. They can cause heat which can spread to the surrounding skin, making the procedure extremely uncomfortable. This heat can also lead to scarring of the surrounding skin tissues.

CO2 lasers are more commonly used for skin rejuvenation treatments (wrinkles, pigmented lesions, etc.), and are less effective with embedded inks.
Infrared coagulation uses infrared radiation. This procedure causes thermal destruction of tissue. Scarring and unwanted ink pigments are also common consequences.

The use of chemicals in tattoo removal is traditionally done after puncturing the skin, making an incision, or dermabrasion. Examples of chemicals used are tannic acid, silver nitrate, and phenol solution. The combination of physical skin destruction and chemicals can also lead to scarring. Also, these combined methods still leave behind unwanted tattoo pigments. The repeated use of phenol solutions can also result in serious skin burns.

 

Advantages of Using Picosure in Los Angeles:

 

1. Picosecond laser technology has proven to be more efficient in clearing cosmetic tattoos (multicolored tattoos, especially blue and green pigments) than nanosecond technology and other methods.

2. Picosecond pulses act faster, therefore reducing the risk of scarring than other technologies.

3. Picosecond technology requires a fewer number of sessions than nanosecond technology. (approximately 50% fewer treatments are required)

4. Picosecond technology allows a faster recovery time because of the low level of damage to the skin tissue surrounding the tattoo.

Through the use of this Picosure technology, tattoo removal has never been easier.

Picosecond lasers can usually eliminate a tattoo in 6 sessions or less, depending on the makeup of the inks used, which is twice as fast as nanosecond technology.

Laser technology has revolutionized tattoo removal, and picosecond lasers are the most advanced lasers available for tattoo removal.

 

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