The answer is: it depends. There are in fact very few colours which cannot be removed with laser treatment, namely yellows, turquoises and pale greens. The easiest and most effective tattoos to remove are plain black ones. The key is to ensure you choose an effective tattoo removal method which delivers the results you want with minimal risk.
So what are the options?
Tattoo removal using chemicals.
There are various methods of tattoo removal using chemicals. These can range from Rejuvi tattoo removal to deep chemical peels. Rejuvi tattoo removal involves injecting a cream in to the skin which bonds with the tattoo ink and expels it from the body.
Deep chemical peels: Not recommended. The aim is to burn away a layer of skin in order to get rid of the ink.
Disadvantages: ineffective removal of the tattoo. Severe potential scarring.
Rejuvi tattoo removal:
The product claims to be able to remove light ink colours like yellows which are either difficult or impossible to get rid of with laser tattoo removal. Can be effective if administered correctly. Avoid tattoo parlours offering this treatment. Rejuvi tattoo removal is an art form in itself and is not necessarily best administered by a tattooist.
Advantages: can remove colours like yellow which cannot be removed with laser tattoo removal.
Disadvantages: The high risk of scarring is the biggest disadvantage of this tattoo removal option.
Laser tattoo removal
There are 2 types of laser which can be used for laser tattoo removal. A ‘passive’ laser and an ‘active’ laser tattoo removal system.
Laser tattoo removal using a passive laser: these are on the cheaper end of the laser tattoo equipment scale and as such tend to be purchased by tattoo parlours or beauty salons.
Advantages: These cheaper machines may enable a beauty salon or tattoo parlour to pass on the savings to you. However as most people do not know the difference between a ‘passive’ or ‘active’ laser (to most people a ‘laser’ is a ‘laser’), a lot of businesses will not offer a cheaper treatment.
Disadvantages: laser tattoo removal using a passive laser will not remove the tattoo completely. It will only partially fade it. A beauty clinic or tattoo parlour may take advantage of the fact that you, the consumer do not know the difference between an active or passive laser and may well charge you the same price you would expect to pay for a medical grade active Q-switched laser.
Laser tattoo removal using an Active Q-Switched laser:
This is the single most effective way of removing tattoos of nearly all colours. The laser light is delivered in nanoseconds meaning a Q-Switched laser tattoo removal machine will literally shatter the pigment in the skin, breaking it up in to small particles which are then eliminated by the body’s immune system.
Advantages: Laser tattoo removal using an Active Q-Switched (AQS) laser is considered the gold standard treatment by dermatologists for effectively removing almost all tattoo colours with minimal risk of scarring. An Active Q-Switched tattoo removal laser will, in most cases, remove all traces of the tattoo. Because it requires several treatments, it is also possible to fade a tattoo if this is the desired effect. Unless you are prone to scarring anyway (e.g. keloid scarring) there is very little risk of any scarring if the skin is allowed to heal properly and aftercare advice is followed.
Disadvantages: Will not remove certain colours like yellow or light blue. Not suitable for people prone to scarring problems e.g. keloid scarring. However the same would apply to any tattoo removal methods.
At Laser Skin Solutions Bournemouth we offer laser tattoo removal using an Nd:YAG Q-Switched (AQS) laser. We only operate medical grade lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems, the same ones used by the NHS. We offer a FREE no obligation consultation. Book in today by calling 01202 29 69 69
Always do your research. If in doubt, do not treat.