How Tattoo Removal Works

Your treating clinician at Treasury Valley Tattoo Removal will use state of the art and FDA approved Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser featuring TruePower Technology, with it we have the ability to remove tattoos that were once thought to be impossible to clear.  

Lasers direct energy at the ink in your tattoo for a fraction of a second. The laser energy passes harmlessly through the outer layer of your skin to target the tattoo ink directly. The laser fragments the ink into smaller components, which allows your body to absorb the ink and process it naturally.

Just as every patient is different, every tattoo that undergoes laser tattoo removal is unique.

Expert laser practitioners want to be able to remove any tattoo, regardless of the colors of ink in the design – to do so, you'll need multiple laser wavelengths to get the job done.

Different laser wavelengths are needed to remove different colors of tattoo ink.

It is all based on the concept of light absorption – some tattoo pigments absorb certain wavelengths of light better than others. To provide effective tattoo removal treatments, you want to make sure that the laser wavelengths used are well-absorbed by the tattoo inks being treated.

Our Goal = Absorption

Tattoo removal works by breaking up tattoo ink particles trapped in the skin. To achieve this, the laser is pulsed over the tattoo, directing light energy toward the ink. The energy is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, which instantly shatter into tiny fragments.

If the ink doesn't absorb the laser light, the ink doesn't shatter... and the tattoo won't be removed.

[787px-EM_spectrum.svg] Light energy can either be visible or invisible, depending on its wavelength. When light energy is visible (with a wavelength between 390 nm and 700 nm), we see it as colored light.

Different objects absorb and reflect different wavelengths of light differently – and tattoo inks act the same way. For example, a red tattoo will absorb all of the colors of visible light in exception to red. The tattoo appears red to our eye because it reflects the color red and nothing else.

Therefore, if your goal is to shatter the ink in a red tattoo, you would not want to treat it with red light, since it would reflect all of the light and not absorb the energy.