How to remove tattoos?

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People experiment with drawings on the body since ancient times. Today more than 20-30 million people worldwide over 18 years have tattoos.


The interesting, however, is that 50% of them want to remove them within 10 years thereafter. Tattoos definitely affect how we perceive their owner, but also can be an obstacle for taking a certain job.

Regardless of the reasons why you would like to remove a tattoo or permanent makeup, the most important thing is that already has been created the appropriate for this technology.

The injected into the middle layer of the skin (dermis) pigment is permanent, i.e. does not disappear on its own. Parts of the pigment can be found in the nearby lymph nodes throughout life.

The pigment particles are too large and constant, to be able to be eliminated by the natural way through the growth and exfoliation of the upper layer of the skin.

The gold standard for removal of tattoos, permanent makeup and some types of pigmentations, are the so called Q-switch lasers. Having a specified wavelength, which is active against certain color pigments, mainly black, dark blue, gray, green and sometimes red.

They emit very powerful and ultra short impulses that break the pigment particles into even smaller ones without damaging the surrounding skin. The immune cells capture these particles and gradually eliminate them within a few weeks after the procedure. Therefore, further treatment shall be done after 6-8 weeks and several treatments are required for the maximum removal of the pigment.


In the older methods for removing tattoos (chemical peeling, injection of various substances) the likelihood of scar formation is significantly greater, as there is interference and to the surrounding skin.


Another major application of this type of lasers is for removing permanent makeup. Permanent makeup is a priority mainly for women who want to enhance certain facial features, as well as to save time in the daily makeup.

And although most women remain happy after such a manipulation, some results are not quite so good and impressive. Sometimes the choice of color seems quite inappropriate for the face complexion, the contours are often irregular and asymmetrical. In some cases, the permanent makeup gives a more tired appearance of the face.

The only real, effective and yet safe way to remove the permanent makeup is with the Q-switch lasers. It should be borne in mind that the lighter colors are difficult to process even with more procedures.

After a procedure for removal of a tattoo or permanent makeup, is usually formed a surface crust on the skin for a few days, which then falls off. The actual fading of the pigment in specific cases can take up to several months.

An interesting factor that affects the results of such a laser procedure is smoking. It is advisable to stop or reduce smoking several weeks before the laser treatment as the cigarettes shrink the capillaries and additionally burden the immune system. This in turn delays the recovery and could also affect the desired effect.

Unfortunately, time is not always kind to us and pigmentations are often placed in the most exposed areas that are difficult to conceal by the clothing.

Fortunately most of them can be removed with this type of lasers.


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