April 6, 2022 13:25 · 3min read

How laser tattoo removal works: Q+A

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Here at NAAMA we have spent a decade making sure our unique patented technology is the most effective laser system in the market.

So, who better to explain how tattoo removal works? We sat down with our team of experts to get answers to the questions you are asking…

So, how does a laser remove my tattoo?

To understand how to remove a tattoo, you have to first understand what a tattoo is.

OK. What exactly is a tattoo?

A tattoo is ink injected into the dermis (the second layer of the skin). The body naturally sends white blood cells to attack the ink because it identifies it as a foreign toxin that it needs to get rid of. The reason tattoos are permanent is because ink pigments are much larger than white blood cells, so they don’t really have much luck shifting the pigments.

And what’s a laser?

A laser is a type of light source that’s especially good at carrying energy. Some lasers are pulsed, meaning they deliver lots of energy in short bursts. Lasers can also remove hair, fix eyesight and scan barcodes. But of course, these aren’t all the same.

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Our low-energy laser significantly reduces any chance of blistering, scarring or lasting damage, which means less downtime between treatments and fast tattoo removal results.

What kind of laser is used to remove ink?

The pulsed kind. There are a few different types, and they work in slightly varying ways. They’re all ultimately trying to do the same thing though - break down the ink pigments so that they’re small enough for the body to process them.

How do they do that?

When a laser hits your skin, it passes through the top layer and reaches the dermis where the tattoo ink is held. When it hits the tattoo ink, it transfers energy to the ink pigments, which breaks them down.

What are the different types of lasers that remove tattoos?

There’s the Q-switch lasers that repeatedly transfer energy to the ink pigments, which expand and eventually break apart. This is what causes blistering and scarring - having heat trapped in your skin. Then there’s Pico lasers, which pulse even faster, repeatedly transferring energy. This causes shockwaves in the skin (called a photoacoustic effect) which shatter the ink pigments. Lots of heat gets trapped in the skin because of the high energy used and that can cause lasting damage.

And what does NAAMA’s new LightSense laser system do?

The lasers we have developed pulse at a much quicker rate than any of the older technology out there, but using far, far less energy. This means we don’t cause long term damage to the skin.

Does less energy mean that mean it does less?

No. Molecules need a very specific amount of energy. We target molecules more precisely, with the right levels of energy, rather than too much energy. It also means they remove more quickly, because we can treat them more regularly - every couple of weeks rather than up to every three months with other systems.

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