Tattoo removal is a not a simple task, there is some pain involved (this can be minimized with various clinical practices) and multiple treatments are required. For laser tattoo removal some times a minimum of 4 treatments will do, and some times up to 12+ treatments will be required, this depends on many factors including the colours in the tattoo, the age of the tattoo, the location of the tattoo, your personal level of health, whether you are a smoker or not, and several other factors.
HTRC can do partial removals, for instance if you just want a name removed from a more complex tattoo we can do this quite simply.
Skin (in simple terms) consists of 2 layers, the Epidermis which is the top layer of the skin (this layer keeps replacing itself and is what peels off when you get sunburnt). The dermal layer is the thicker sub-layer, this is where the blood vessels, sweat glands, hair follicles and lymphatic system are located. The Lymph system is a crucial support to the immune system and also supplements the cardiovascular system by helping to remove toxins from the body.
Tattoos are created by placing ink particles in to the dermal layer of the skin these particles are too big for the lymphatic system to deal with so they stay there permanently, of course they fade and move around as your Dermis ages and we all know what an old tattoo looks like.
When a tattoo laser is discharged into the skin it targets the ink particles and shatters then into smaller fragments. It is these smaller fragments that the Lymphatic system is then able to carry away to the lymph nodes and spleen to filter the fragmented ink out of your system. The ink fragments are tiny (the size of blood cells for instance) The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the heart to move the lymph along all that quickly. This is one of the main reasons why tattoo removal can be a slow process. There are many things related to the body, like weight loss or body-building that takes time, just ask any athlete or gym junkie.
But unlike an athlete you do not have to swim or ride thousands of kilometers for your tattoo to disappear (although a general level of good health dose help) all you have to do is get the ink particles broken down wait, and let the Lymphatic system do it’s thing.
Laser tattoo removal is a little more complex than the simple explanation put forward here, but the above description is a good place to start to understand the process.
Please contact us if you would like more information on the process of tattoo removal.