Tattoos are created by inserting coloured materials into the skin. Once the wound heals, the tattoo mark will be visible. Today people do tattooing as a fashion statement ,sentimental reasons (lovers) memorial, religious and to symbolize their belonging or identification with particular groups including criminal gangs or a particular ethnic group..Various methods are being used for this purpose. Tattoos are cool at 20yrs of age, but inappropriate when above 30yrs.For some, the job opportunities may be denied due to their tattoo especially in gulf countries. Some religious communities do not allow people
with tattoos to enter their places of worship. Political party emblem or logo used to be tattooed on the body of their followers. For them change of parties may require removal or change of tattoos.
While tattoos are considered permanent, it is possible to removes them. Older methods for removal include dermabrasion, salabrasion, liquid nitrogen cryotherapy,
and surgical removal.. These methods have their own limitations, side effects and may leave a scar that is more difficult to treat than the tattoo itself.
At Dr. Thaj Laser Skin – Hair clinic, complete removal or up to 95% removal is possible with the newest FDA USA approved lasers especially tattoos with black and darker colored inks. At Dr.Thaj LSHC we use Q switched Nd- Yag laser for tattoo removal . Now the expense and pain involved in removing tattoos have become less compared to earlier days. Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using lasers that treat the ink in the tattoo and break it down. In general laser treatment requires repeated visits at monthly intervals, though some tattoos can be removed even by one or two sittings.
Q switched laser with FDA approval removes black , blue tattoos,..Purple and red tattoos are difficult to remove. Side effects include redness, swelling and peeling of the skin but for 4 – 5 days . This same laser (Q- switched Nd-yag) is also very effective for treating black colored birth marks, moles, and pigmentation. .