Effective treatment for tattoo inks

Regardless of whether a tattoo artist or an untrained individual injects the pigment, the marks or designs of a tattoo are permanent. When people subsequently want their tattoos removed, most physicians today consider laser surgery one of the best methods. The Q-switched Nd:YAG is the most frequently used laser for tattoo removal. During treatment, pulses of light from the laser are directed onto the tattoo, breaking up the tattoo pigment. Over the next several weeks the body’s immune system removes the treated pigmented areas. With the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser available on the HarmonyXL laser system, you can effectively treat dark tattoo inks, specifically black (which accounts for more than half of all tattoos), blue and green. Patients should expect to come back for several treatments to achieve expected results.

Different wavelengths are used to treat the reds, orange, yellow and other colours.

Technology in use

Tattoo ink and natural pigmentation like melanin absorb short pulse duration/high peak energy Q-switched pulses so quickly that they create a light energy effect within the pigment clusters. This effect breaks down the ink into much smaller particles that can be more easily removed by the body’s natural filtering system.

Key advantages for patients

  • Minimal risk of side effects
  • Effective treatment for dark tattoo inks (black, blue and green)
  • Dramatic results after several treatments

Use of the Q-Switched Nd:YAG handpiece on Harmony Family systems for tattoo removal allows for two discrete wavelengths to treat a broad range of tattoo colors, including:

  • Dark colors like black, blue and green with 1064-nm wavelength
  • Brighter colors like red, orange and yellow with 532-nm wavelength
  • Also able to treat other pigmented skin conditions and blemishes.