What is the history of Tattoo Removal?
The market for effective tattoo removal has grown greatly over the last ten years. Tattoos are created by injecting coloured pigment into deep, small holes made in the skin. Until the discovery of lasers, dermabrasion and surgical excision were the only methods of removing these relatively permanent tattoos. These methods were invasive and posed a big risk for side effects and infection.
In the last decade, laser systems have been developed and improved to safely and effectively remove pigment from the layers of the skin. A tattoo is a denser form of pigment, one that is artificial compared to freckles and dark spots. If tattoos are to be removed properly, only tried and tested technology must be used. Among these, the Pastelle Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and the Cosjet ATR are the Gold Standards in their class.
How does the Pastelle and Cosjet ATR remove tattoos?
During treatment, fast pulses of light from the Pastelle are directed on the tattoo, breaking up the pigment molecules into smaller particles. Tattoo ink and natural pigmentation, like melanin in freckles, absorb these Q-switched pulses so quickly that they create a photo-acoustic effect within the pigment clusters without harming any of the normal tissue surrounding the pigment. This effect breaks down the ink into much smaller particles that are eventually removed by the body’s natural filtering system.