During the application of tattoos, thousands of particles of ink are deposited into the dense inner layer of skin known as the dermis. Whilst the body’s normal reaction to such foreign particles is to absorb and eradicate them, the size of the particles in tattoos ink prevents this. During the laser tattoo removal process, however, these large ink particles are shattered into many smaller pieces, which the body can then remove..
Tattoo removal with our laser selectively targets the ink molecules only, not the surrounding skin tissue. It consists of very short and fast pulses of concentrated energy, at wavelengths that are specifically matched to be of greatest impact on the targeted ink colour. Once the ink particles have been broken down into smaller pieces, the body’s immune system will go to work removing them and the tattoo will begin to fade.
Due to the way in which tattoo ink is layered into the skin, most tattoos will require multiple treatments in order to achieve complete removal. Each tatto removal treatment will progressively target the deeper layers of ink that were previously hidden by the earlier layers. We recommend that laser treatments be spaced at least 6-8 weeks apart, in order to allow for an optimum degree of fading between visits.
After multiple treatments and finishing up the final processes for tattoo removal. You can see that the tattoo is significantly lighter and fading into the normal skin color of the surrounding area on the client’s wrist.
After 8 laser tattoo removal treatments, the tattoo is gone! There is minimal skin discoloration which varies depending on skin tone. The success of this tattoo removal was due, in part, to the client’s dedication in following all after-care instructions such as avoiding the sun, smoking and alcohol.
Our laser is the Quanta Q plus C and is FDA approved for Tattoo Removal. It is the best, strongest and safest laser available and features the first ever incorporated, Ruby laser. The Q-Plus laser is unique in that it has three different wavelengths built into one system. This combination allows Skin Renew to effectively target all tattoo colors and pigmented lesions with the lowest risk of texture changes, and fewer treatments. The hardest colors to remove including Blue, green, red and black pigments are removed quickly and efficiently thanks to the Quanta Laser- the Gold Standard in tattoo removal.
During the laser tattoo removal process, the ideal clinical end point for each laser tattoo removal treatment is “laser snow” or whitening of the skin over the treated area.
Inflammatory phase – includes hemostasis and inflammation.
- After injury to tissue occurs, the cell membranes, damaged from the wound formation release vasoconstrictors which helps to limit hemorrhage.
- After a short period, capillary vasodilatation occurs secondary to local histamine release, and the cells of inflammation are able to migrate to the wound bed. First platelets come in which release epidermal growth factor, fibronectin, fibrinogen, etc.
- Then come scavenger cells (macrophage) to take away wound debris and to stimulate fibroblasts (to make new collagen).
Proliferative phase – Re-epithelialization, angiogenesis, granulation tissue formation, and collagen deposition are the main steps in this portion of wound healing.
- If the basement membrane remains intact, (fractional treatments) normal layers of epidermis are restored in 2-3 days.
- If the basement membrane has been destroyed, similar to a (second or third-degree burn), then the epidermis is rebuilt from the periphery. This takes longer and may appear different.
Maturational phase – the wound undergoes contraction, resulting in a smaller amount of apparent scar tissue.
- The entire process is a dynamic continuum with an overlap of each phase.
- The wound reaches maximal strength at one year, with a tensile strength that is 30% of normal skin.
- Collagen deposition continues for a prolonged period, but the net increase in collagen deposition plateaus after 21 days.