What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal has become the standard treatment for tattoo removal because it offers an effective, safe and fast solution for removing unwanted tattoos. With the right laser, all common tattoo colors can be removed — black and dark tones, blues and sky blues, reds and tans, and greens. At Louisiana Laser Tattoo Removal (LLTR), we utilize Fontana’s QX MAX, which is state of the art when it comes to tattoo removal. This laser is solely designed for laser tattoo removal and is the most powerful and fastest laser for this purpose currently on the market. There are currently only three other Fontana QX MAX’s in the US. We have the only one in the Southeast.
Why is LLTR different?
The QX Max laser affects the tattoo with very short and strong laser pulses that penetrate deep into the skin, without injuring the top layer. These pulses are then absorbed by the pigments in the ink and as the laser light is transformed into photoacoustic waves, it mechanically breaks up the ink into smaller particles. These are then naturally absorbed by the body’s own immune system.
The number of treatments depends on the size of the tattoo as well as its location, depth and color. Amateur tattoos are the easiest to remove whereas professional tattoos may require more treatment sessions. The tattoo will fade slowly between treatments as the body remove the remainders of the tattoo pigment.
Why is wavelength important?
Fotona’s precisely controlled Nd:YAG laser 1064 nm wavelength is the ideal tattoo removal tool. The Nd:YAG is the optimal modality for conversion into 532 nm, 585 nm and 650 nm wavelength, allowing effective removal of all types of multicolored and complex tattoos. Also, because of its selective nature, the Nd:YAG can not easily be absorbed in melanin.; therefore, this wavelength can be safely used on all skin types.
Why is the QX MAX perfect for laser tattoo removal?
Fotona’s Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, the QX MAX,combines four wavelengths in an advanced, high-powered solution:
- KTP 532 nm for red, tan, purple and orange inks.
- 650 nm for green inks,
- 585 nm for sky blue inks.
Thus it provides the ideal combination for treating colored tattoos.
The system’s OPTOflex articulated arm increases precision and safety. OPTOflex generates absolute uniform beam profiles. Its ergonomic design allows easy and natural hand movement during procedures.
Advantages for Patients?
Laser tattoo removal is easy to perform and has an unsurpassed treatment success rate compared to alternative methods. With easy-to-follow protocols and an “at the touch of a button” treatment setting, practitioners are able to treat patients with confidence and high success rates. Removing tattoos with the laser is the least invasive and most patient friendly method possible.
What is Laser Removal of Pigmented Lesion?
Laser treatments are simple, fast, effective and a safe tool for removing a wide variety of benign pigmented lesions, such as freckels, age spots, birthmarks, moles, certain vascular lesion, ephelides, melasma, seborrheic and actinic keratoses.
How does it work?
Laser removal of pigmented lesions works by restoring the pigments in the skin without the need for excision. This process in completed in 3 simple steps:
Step 1 – LIGHT ABSORPTION:
The laser produces short nanosecond pulses of intense light that passes harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the melanin pigment in the lesion.
Step 2 – PIGMENT BREAK-UP:
The laser is transformed into photoacoustic waves, which mechanically breaks up the melanin pigment into smaller particles.
Step 3 – PIGMENT REMOVAL:
These particles are then removed by the body’s own immune system as the skin’s macrophages clear the excess pigment from the area.
Why is wavelength important?
The laser wavelength is what determines which chromophore will be predominantly targeted by the laser to be selectively removed. Clinical studies show that superficial lesions can be treated most effectively with the KTP 532 nm wavelengh, while the Nd:YAG 1064 nm wavelength can be used to target deep-lying chromophores. Additionally, Q-switched light, available with Fotona’s QX MAX laser system, is especially effective due to its high peak powers and selective nature, enabling it to break apart pigments only and not cells. This means that pigment destruction can take place without harming the skin.
Why is the QX MAX perfect for laser Removal of Pigmented Lesions?
It is widely recognized in the medical community that the Q-switched laser is the ideal tool for effectively removing benign pigmented lesions. Combining four laser modalities in an advanced, high-powered solution, Fotona’s QX MAX laser system effectively removes all common pigmented lesions.
Fotona’s innovative R-HX handpiece produces a completely flat laser beam profile that is hexagonal in shape to allow for more percise and uniform coverage. Homogeneity of the laser beam profile is important in the pigment removal treatments and skin whitening. It ensures that the laser is evenly distributed across the treated area.
The system’s OPTOflex articulated arm increases precision and safely. OPTOflex generates absolute uniform beam profiles. Its ergonomic design allows easy and natural hand movement during procedures.
Advantanges for Patients
Laser treatment of pigmented lesions is quick, sutureless, has a rapid healing time and produces excellent results. It is suitable for all ethnic skin types. For example, Asian skin is highly sensitive to heat and often hyperpigmentation can result from using the wrong laser sources, or as a result of poor administration of the laser treatment. The Nd:YAG or KTO Nd:YAG laser sources, on the other hand, have been generating desirable treatment results to all ethnic skin types.