There are so many reasons why people opt to get a tattoo. A lot of the reasons are really good, and people love the tattoo that they get. But a lot of other people come to regret their tattoos. If you wish that you could leave your tattoo in the past, you may want to consider laser tattoo removal.
To understand how the laser tattoo removal process works, you first need to understand what it is that makes the ink in your tattoos “permanent.” Most tattoos have inks that are made of some form of heavy metal. Usually, depending on the color, your tattoo is going to have lead, copper, and in some cases mercury.
When the tattoo artist puts the ink in your skin, your body realizes that there is a foreign object in your skin. And so immediately white blood cells try to destroy the ink and carry the ink off to your liver so that it can be removed. However, the metal particles that make up the ink are a lot bigger than your white blood cells. So your white blood cells cannot carry them away. Of course, there are some smaller particles, and your white blood cells are able to attack these over time. This is part of the reason why most people see parts of their tattoo fading away over time.
What laser tattoo removal does is give your white blood cells a boost by using the power of the laser to break apart the ink particles in your tattoo, making it easier for your white blood cells to carry them away. These lasers act very fast.
The speed with which the laser treats your skin is important for two reasons. First, since the laser only comes into contact with your skin for a short amount of time, you don’t really feel the heat. Second, the speed of the laser causes the metal to partially expand while some of the particles remain cool. This causes the metal compounds in the ink to fracture. This is part of what makes them small enough for your white blood cells to carry them away.
The best way to learn more information about laser tattoo removal is to come in for a consultation at Carolinas Eye Center & Med Spa in Charlotte, NC. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started!