How Tattoo Removal Works
When a tattoo is applied to your skin, your immune system immediately tries to remove the foreign ink particles by sending bacteria eating cells called macrophages to absorb the ink and emit it through your lymphatic system. However, due to the much larger size of the tattoo ink particles, the small macrophages are unable to ingest and remove the ink. Instead, the macrophages can only manage to carry bits and pieces of the large ink particles away over time while the majority of the tattoo ink remains trapped in your skin’s deepest layer, the dermis. This explains why tattoos are permanent yet lose colour and gradually fade over many years.
Lasers help your immune system by shattering the trapped tattoo ink into tiny fragmented particles that are small enough for the macrophages to effectively absorb and naturally remove. During a laser tattoo removal session, our laser sends multiple pulses of energy safely through the skin. Each pulse of the laser is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, causing them to heat up and shatter into tiny fragments. Over the weeks following a treatment, the macrophages are able to easily absorb the fragmented ink particles and flush them out of your skin.
Multiple treatments are needed to target the varying depths and layers of ink that make up a tattoo. Each laser session shatters the shallowest layer of ink and works its way down until all of the ink in your tattoo has been treated. You will see your tattoo fade with each session until no ink remains visible in your skin.
On average, patients need at least 5 to 10 treatments before seeing complete tattoo removal, however, virtually every patient will need multiple treatments. Patients with older, faded tattoos or those interested in simply fading their tattoo for a cover-up may require fewer treatments.
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Like with all other coloured objects, different tattoo colours either absorb or reflect different wavelengths of light energy. Tattoo removal is only successful when tattoo ink absorbs a laser’s wavelength. For example, a red apple looks red because it absorbs green light and reflects red light (which is the colour we see). The same applies to a red tattoo. A green wavelength must be used in order to be absorbed by red ink. Upon absorption, the red ink will heat up and shatter. If a red wavelength is used on a red tattoo, the light would be reflected and the ink would stay intact, permanently trapped in your skin.
Our Astanza Trinity laser produces a total of three wavelengths, 1064 nm, 532 nm, and 694 nm, to successfully target and shatter all tattoo colours. Each wavelength targets a specific group of colours to ensure absorption and deliver complete, full-spectrum removal across the widest range of tattoo colours.
Many clinics have to turn away clients with multicoloured tattoos because their laser does not offer the special 694 nm ruby wavelength our Trinity provides. This ruby wavelength is essential for removing “resistant and stubborn” bright blue and green tattoos that other clinics find difficult to treat with their traditional laser. Only Dr. Magic Laser Eraser in Blackfalds, Alberta is capable of treating all tattoo colours and all patient skin types.
All of these features combined makes the Trinity and Dr. Magic Laser Eraser the best solution for laser tattoo removal throughout Blackfalds, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, and other surrounding Alberta cities.