1064 nm for all dark ink
Q-switched lasers emit safe yet powerful wave-length beams of light. Laser light, properly utilized, can pass harmlessly through skin layers to reach the ink in your unwanted tattoo. The ink particles are broken down into many smaller ink particles. The smaller particles are processed by the body’s lymphatic system (your body’s natural cleansing mechanism) and removed.
The first arrow shows a fixed macrophage which holds the tattoo pigment under the skin. The tattoo particles are too large for the body to remove.
After treatment the particles are shattered into smaller fragments, which the roving macrophages can then consume and transport to the lymph nodes for filtration into circulation and the fragments are then excreted via our kidneys.
The United States FDA regulates the tattoo industry with standards for inks used by licensed tattoo artists. The classifications for inks are set as either color additive or cosmetic.
At Morphd, we understand that you might not know what ink was used for your tattoo. You may have homemade tattoos or unregulated inks in your skin. This means the tattoo ink can permeate the skin tissue to a depth of anywhere from just below the skin surface to a very deep level. During your consultation, we will examine pigmentation, speak to you about where you received your tattoo, and determine which inks were used in order to offer a proper estimate on your tattoo removal process and quote you accordingly.
As you’ll see below, the general rule of thumb is that darker inks are easier to remove and lighter colors are more difficult. Our technicians will take a look at your inks and compare them to your skin type as an important step in assessing the length of time your removal process will take.
The Fitzpatrick Scale is a respected scientific method developed by a Harvard University dermatologist that allows doctors to use a numerical scale to assign a value to the skin type. This determination can then be used in tattoo removal to gauge potential for scarring and hypopigmentation in addition to the necessary recovery time between sessions. Our technicians are well trained in using this scale during consultation in order to advise the proper course of treatment for your tattoo removal.