Laser Tattoo Removal - Which Colors Are Easiest to Remove
Tattoo removal lasers work by targeting a color. Each wavelength targets different colors. After much research, including our own staff members receiving tattoo removal treatments with other laser systems, including PicoSure, Q switched, etc. we have found that the PicoWave laser is most effective in removing a spectrum of colors. However, we also use the Q Switched laser for some blue and green colors (no extra charge for the use of both lasers) so we can most effectively remove all colors as quickly and as completely as possible. Look for a laser center with multiple lasers with many years of experience in cosmetic laser treatments to be certain you are in the best hands.
Ink is Removed at Different Wavelengths of Light
All inks are removed best at specific wavelengths of light.Examples are 532nm (reds & yellows), 755nm (blues & greens), 1064nm (black and darker colors).It also depends on the laser and the quality of the laser at those wavelengths.For instance I have been able to remove some yellow and reds with my new picoway in one treatment.I saw one today in follow up.I see almost one a week where that is the case.However, some black tattoos can be easily removed too.It really depends on how much ink and the quality of ink that the tattoo artist used.There are just as many variables in removing the ink as there is in putting the ink in the skin by the artist.
What Tattoo Ink Colors Are Easiest to Remove?
Using the PicoSure laser Black, Blues, and Greens clear the quickest, easiest, and most completely. The results also depend on the volume of ink used, the location and if it is a professional or amateur tattoo. The PicoSure will also be able to clear the tattoo in half the number of treatments.
Tattoo colors that are easiest to remove?
First off you must use a Q switched laser system for tattoo removal
Black and Grey are the easiest ink colors to remove. Usually, a Yag(1064nm) laser works well for these)
Green is the most difficult followed by light blue (Yag and Alexandrite lasers 1064nm and 755nm).
Red/brown/yellow/orange respond well in my experience primarily using 532nm laser.
The bottom line is you can usually clear a tattoo to a level that is barely noticeable to the naked eye, it's just a matter of how many treatments it will take to get there. That's because of the great variability in ink composition and our own individual immune systems which is actually what clears the ink.
Hope this helps,
We Can Remove All Tattoo Colors With Our Laser Tattoo Removal
At Des Moines Plastic
Surgery, we use the Quanta System, a Q-Switched ND Yag with a Ruby laser that
allows us to treat all primary colors. Red and black ink will be the easiest to
remove. All others are more difficult, but the Ruby laser is the most effective
to treat these colors.
red is the hardest color to remove but it will come out. Black is the easiest color to remove. We use the Picosure which is the best device out there
Tattoo removal with laser
Black and dark gray tones are usually the most conducive to tattoo removal with laser. A multi-session regimen is warranted.
Tattoo Removal and the colour of the Ink
The colouring of a tattoo definitely makes a difference in the number of treatments that will be necessary to get an effective result. Black ink is the easiest to remove, especially if it is an amateur tattoo. Greens, Blues and Reds will prove more difficult, that is why a high powered, effective laser is key to use for any tattoo removal. An NDYag 1064 is the gold standard on the market right now and should be your choice if you want the most effective laser to break down any colour of tattoo.
Black black black. The only trick is that if tattoos are layered. We just had on today. A black tattoo was used as a cover up for a yellow tattoo, we removed the black one a few months ago, only to reveal yellow. Multicoloured tattoos are commonly seen, so always ask if an old tattoo was layered.
The second easiest to treat are red tattoos.
The hardest- greens, but with the new Picosecond Laser (PICOSURE), its a little easier.
Hope that helps
Dr Davin Lim
Black Ink Responds Best to Treatment
Black ink typically responds the best to treatment. Primary colors such as a saturated blue or green respond well. Neon colors (bright yellow and green) are the most difficult to treat and typically require the use of a different laser (Ruby) to target these pigment types. Results also depend on if the tattoo was applied professionally and your skin color. Typically, the greater the contrast between the color of the tattoo pigment and your skin, the better the result. At your consult, your provider should address these concerns and help set realistic expectations for the treatment.