The prevalence of tattoos has steadily increased, and consequently, so has the demand for tattoo removal. Early methods of tattoo removal often resulted in painful scarring and inadequate ink removal. Results of tattoo removal has improved dramatically with the advent of Q-switched lasers.
For over 20-years, the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser has been the laser of choice for removing tattoos. The dual wavelengths (1064nm/532nm) remove a wide array of tattoo pigments. Q-switched lasers are lasers that deliver high-power pulses in the nanosecond range. This method of quick delivery acts similar to a jackhammer breaking up a cement sidewalk.
The principle behind laser tattoo removal is based on converting laser energy to heat which selectively destroys tattoo ink. The Q-switched delivery system then fragments the tattoo particles into smaller particles. These minute particles are then absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system. The surrounding skin remains unaffected.
Yet not all ink colors are absorbed equally, rendering some ink particles to remain in the skin, albeit less visible. It is important that a detailed tattoo history is taken prior to the procedure, so that patient expectations can be met. Results are cumulative and often require several treatments to obtain desired results.
Laser tattoo removal is painful! Dr. Bourget uses tumescent anesthesia to completely numb the area. The results are a comfortable and safe session of tattoo removal.
Bourget Medical Aesthetics and Wellness provides honest and realistic cosmetic recommendations to satisfied clients in Dana Point, San Clemente, Talega, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and the surrounding areas.