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My embarrassing tattoo–

what should I do?


The reasons why people get tattoos are as interesting and varied as the words and images that they choose. There are those who love their body art and display it proudly whenever possible. On the other hand – or wherever else their tattoos may be located – millions of people deeply regret having had that ex-boyfriend or ex girlfriend’s name permanently emblazoned across their chest or worse.


   Although there was a time when the prospects for those in the latter category were quite bleak, with our new, highly advanced technique for removing tattoos, we can eradicate their radical mistakes.


   Photodisruptive is new technology and has better results with fewer treatment complications. How photodisruption works is that the laser causes a micro implosions under the skin that blow the tattoo ink into small particles that the body can exfoliate or expel. (much the same way a bruise dissipates over time) The microscopic explosion will displace the ink into the epidermis in which case it will be naturally sloughed off because of cellular turnover. The energy is targeted towards the carbon particles or dyes that are found in skin tattoos, allowing selective destruction of the foreign pigment while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin.

  We break tattoos into one of 3 categories:  
  1. Professional Tattoo - Tattoo Parlor  

2. Amateur Tattoo - Usually at home or in jail with inferior ink


3. Traumatic Tattoo - Pigment traumatically placed in the dermis.


   Lasers may be used on professional, amateur, cosmetic, medicinal, and traumatic tattoos. The different colors present in the tattoos may respond differently to laser tattoo removal. Lasers offer a non-invasive and effective treatment for unwanted tattoos. Anyone who has an unwanted tattoo is a candidate to have this procedure done.


   Professional tattoos for the most part are harder to remove. This could be due to the fact that most amateur tattoos are made with dark inferior ink or amateur tattoo may be placed more superficially in the dermis than professional tattoos. Both reasons could play a role.

     Amateur tattoos are just that, amateur! Non-trained individuals will use inferior ink, like that found in a ball point pen to make the tattoo. These tattoos usually respond well to laser energy.  

   Traumatic tattoos are not uncommon, people have all sorts of traumatic injuries that result in the placement of pigments into the dermis. Ex. includes car accidents, falls, getting jabbed with a pen or pencil. These tattoos usually respond well to laser energy.


   How many treatments does it take to get rid of my tattoo? For professional tattoos it may take up to 5-7 treatments. The technician can give you a better idea of how many treatments you will need after the first time. For amateur tattoos, it takes around 3-6 treatments.


   We work with two types of Q-switched laser frequency. Having two lasers, a 532nm and 1064nm. We will work on the tattoo with the first wavelength, then we will change wavelengths to allow us to target some of the refractive ink pigment.


   A common side effect of laser tattoo removal is lack of complete removal. This occurs most frequently with lighter colors such as pink and yellow, but could also be due to the constituents of the tattoo ink, like the titanium dioxide that prevents fading.


Ask our Certified Laser Technician for more information during your next visit to Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa, or call 724-987-3221. Visit us online at


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