ITS IMPORTANT YOU START WITH THE FACTS
Tattoo removal and lightening procedures continue to improve, with the introduction of both newer technologies and innovative treatment methods. So forget heresay or, stay ahead of the curve and find out the real facts grounded in real evidence before you consider removal or lightening procedures to prepare for your next tatt.
OLD NEWS MAYBE. BUT LETS START WITH THE BASICS.
Picosecond technology trumps older laser technologies when it comes to blue and green pigment removal. The studies are endless and the evidence is clear. For example, in just one treatment session, the 755-nm picosecond laser (Picosure technology) , with its shorter pulse duration, has been shown to achieve greater than 75% clearance of blue and green tattoo pigment.
Nothing more needs to be said here.
PicoSecond technology is a game changer in the industry for lightenting and removing tattoos.
LETS GET TO NEW NEWS
But what about other colours? Tattoos in the past might of been green and blue, but multi-coloured tattoos is the #newnormal.
Patients today need removal or lightening of other colours in the rainbow and the spectrum of wavelength for laser removal needs to adjust.
The evidence is emerging that Yellow Pigment can now be effectively cleared.
Obviously, Tattoo color is one of the main predictors of clearance.
With the introduction of the picosecond technology, blue and green pigments can now be effectively cleared with few treatments but previously there was no established and definitive treatment for yellow pigments, as the dye is not well absorbed by the current available wavelengths.
Previously when treated with the Q- switched frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser with a nanosecond pulse duration clearance remains difficult and inconsistent.
A study by Ferguson on treating multicolored tattoos with older technology, Nd:YAG Q-switched device which uses older nanosecond pulse width, demonstrated an improvement in only 2 out 8 tattoos that contained yellow pigment, emphasizing the difficulty in clearing yellow ink. And of those two that showed some removal, 6 and 9 treatments were required to obtain pigment reduction, and no clearance percentages were documented.
FergusonJE, AugustPJ. Evaluation of the Nd/YAG laserfor the treatment of amateur and professional tattoos. Br J Dermatol 1996;135(4):586–591.
BUT CHECK THIS OUT
What does the evidence now reveal?
There is now demonstration of favorable out- comes with effective and consistent reduction of yellow tattoo pigment using an extra frequency doubled picosecond laser. So by using an additional broadening wavelength of 532nm, this allows more colours in the rainbow to be removed.
Treatments with this picosecond technology at 532-nm appears to be safe and well tolerated and effective. This now extends the benefits of picosecond technology. Not only is it superior at removal of blue and green ink, can remove yellow but it now can remove yellow ink color.
THE TAKE HOME POINTS:
QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO ASK WHEN YOU NEED LIGHTENING OF REMOVAL OF A TATT.
- What laser system do you use?
- Is it Q Switched Ng:Yag? or Is it Picosecond technology?
If you have a multicolored tattoo with yellow, oranges and reds, then ask:
- Is it Q switched or it is Pico?
- If you use pico have you purchased the additional new wavelength 532nm which can remove yellow?
And never forget the most important question relating to our Safety First principle.
Dr Ink tattoo removal and modifications is Australia’s leading experts in Ink lightening, modification and removal.
Find out more about us here. Or call 1800 DRS INK. Located in Double Bay, Bella Vista and Wollongong. Gold Coast coming soon.