Any suggestions for Tattoo removal? (photos)
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Tattoo Removal -- Pico/Q Switched Laser
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Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, there is no "soon" in tattoo removal. This is a slow process. Your tattoo is professionally done in that it appears to have a high density of ink particles and they are likely to be deep. The presence of multiple bright colors further challenges the removal process. Sessions should be about 6 weeks apart and you will need a provider experienced with multicolor tattoos (with the right equipment/wavelengths). It would not be unusual for a design like this to require 8 or more sessions. A Ruby laser (694nm) is useful for bright colors (bright blue, bright green, etc) and resistant inks including resistant black ink.Q switch ND:yag with good peak power- 1064nm for Black, dark blue, dark green, brown and purple and 532nm for Red, pink, orange and yellowPulses of 532 and 694nm cannot be overlapped in the same session or you will likely scar. Ask lots of questions. Ask the provider "what wavelengths do you have and what colors will you be targeting with them". If they don't answer confidently this is a good indication that they don't understand well the PHYSICS of the treatment they are providing. That's not someone you want working on your tattoo. I hope this helps. Best,Lisa Vuich, MD
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