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Goodbye tattoos, today it is possible

Tattoos, small or large, black or colored, are real stars of the last decades. A current trend but with a thousand-year history, that now is pleasing every taste and style. But if they are annoying, how can they be removed?

20 May 2022

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It is estimated that, today, about 30 percent of people who have tattoos want to remove at least one of them. An important number, considering that when you choose to give in to a tattoo you are well aware that the design will remain indelible forever on skin. Times change, maybe a tattoo gets bored, but technologies evolve. And to remove a tattoo today the path is quite complex but much more precise, faster, painless and with fewer side effects than in years past. With new technologies, except in case of some complexity due to pigment or skin color, it is possible to remove a tattoo altogether. It is usually easier to operate on an old tattoo, unless the color has turned to a different pigment. For a new tattoo, however, the advice is often to combine the removal treatment with other technologies, such as a fractional laser that acts more on the surface. Removal course depends on tattoo size and pigmentation but is always quite long. In fact, you have to wait at least 40 days between sessions because, if you do not give time for the pigment fragmented by the machinery to be removed, you are going to cause damage to the patient’s skin without benefiting from the result. Over the years, technology has also improved in treating different colors. Black is the easiest to remove, greens and blues are not difficult to treat while yellows and reds remain somewhat more complex, precisely because they are similar to the complexion color and are often absorbed by the skin itself. Of course, it all depends also on the phototype. The only certainty is that white cannot be removed, being a non-color.

The PicoSure laser

Picosecond laser, the first FDA-approved, emits a pulse that lasts, precisely, one picosecond (one millionth of a second) and is able to go and create minimal damage to the skin, less than other technologies because it is able to revitalize the skin in very short recovery times. PicoSure makes it possible to achieve results that, until now, were impossible to achieve. In particular, this powerful picosecond laser is specifically optimal for the elimination of colored tattoos.

The Q-Switched laser

It emits nanosecond pulses, effectively removing a broad spectrum of tattoos. At SOTHERGA, there is also the Fraxel and Q-Switched combination protocol to speed up tattoo removal. The micro-channels created by Fraxel-which is excellent in non-ablative fractional resurfacing-promote the superficialization, and thus elimination, of the pigment. Treatment is based on the principle of dissolving the tattoo by laser crumbling the ink molecules. This machine is also excellent for treating red-colored tattoos.

Recovery time and mode

The number of sessions needed varies depending on the area tattooed and, of course, the size of the design and the amount of pigment. Small burns, blisters and mild bleeding may occur after the session, which disappear in a few days. Specialist will advise patients to use soothing ointment and sunscreen 50+, for at least a month.

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Q-Switched

The treatment is based on the principle of dissolving the tattoo’s ink molecules with the laser. This requires lasers that are able to act selectively and quickly on the pigment particles.

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