What Is The Best Tattoo Removal Method?

In this modern era of information overload, you can find DIY and at-home solutions for everything. From treating health symptoms, to sewing your own clothes, even removing your tattoos at home. While there does exist a wide variety of alternative tattoo removal processes, we highly recommend seeking the help of a professional tattoo removal shop for the best tattoo removal results.

Unlike other methods which remove tattoos by destroying or removing the skin, tattoo removal lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment particles into smaller pieces that can be processed and easily eliminated by the body. This process targets tattoo pigments specifically, and leaves the rest of the skin alone which prevents scarring and unnecessary damage.

Laser tattoo removal really is the best tattoo removal process currently available, and with advancements in laser technology designed to target the full range of pigment colors and remove tattoos at a faster rate, we honestly don’t see the need to look elsewhere. At UnTattoo, we offer the highest quality Oregon tattoo removal services at our comfortable and professional office located in the Pearl District of Portland. Our trained staff of registered nurses and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon offers local anesthetic to ease your body through the process of removing your unwanted ink, giving you a clean canvas with minimal pain.

How Do Lasers Remove Tattoos?

The most well-known and highly reccomended tattoo removal process is laser tattoo removal. But, how do lasers remove tattoos from your skin, exactly? Tattoo removal lasers work by injecting the skin with an intense band of light, focusing on a specific color band that effectively breaks up the pigment in the skin into tiny particles that can be processed and removed by the immune system. Which is why your tattoos will show the most fading over the weeks following a tattoo removal session.

The reason this is necessary can be found by looking deeper. Most tattoo inks are comprised of heavy metals and other particles that stick under the skin. These metals are what provide pigmentation for the tattoo, but they also provoke a deeper reaction from the body. Once this ink is deposited under your skin your immune system gets to work, viewing these ink particles as foreign objects and sending white blood cells to the rescue. These blood cells then engulf and take whatever tiny particles they can find to the liver, for processing. Most tattoo ink particles are much larger than the blood cells, which prevents them from removing the ink entirely and allows the pigmentation to remain under the skin. However, it’s this very feature that makes laser treatment necessary for tattoo removal.

So, how do lasers remove tattoos? Tattoo removal lasers, like the Picosecond and Cutera lasers used in our Portland tattoo removal shop, work to break up these larger particles into smaller ones that can be effectively processed by the immune system and cleared away. The frequency of light that the laser emits is very important. These lasers are very hot, and operate at speeds of a trillionth of a second, which is necessary for the process of breaking up the pigment particles, called photothermolysis. This process works by superheating the large pigment particles, causing them to expand due to thermal expansion, while operating fast enough to leave the other half of the ink particle cold. This difference in temperature causes the particle to literally rip apart, creating smaller pieces that the immune system can then clear away via the liver.

This process is why laser tattoo removal is the most effective method of tattoo removal, and why we recommend this method over any other methods of tattoo removal.

5 Reasons You May Need To Seek Professional Tattoo Removal Services

If you are one of the 17% of people (according to statisticbrain.com) who have regrets after getting a tattoo, you might be ready to explore professional tattoo removal options.

While there are a few at-home tattoo removal options circulating the web, we highly recommend visiting a parlor for a professional tattoo removal consultation and session. You will not only have a better experience than other options for tattoo removal, but you’ll receive better results at a faster speed.

Here are our top 5 reasons why you should seek professional tattoo removal services:

1. Professional Tattoo Removal is Faster

Because of the way that tattoo pigments are processed by the body, pigment particles must be broken up into pieces small enough for the immune system to engulf and remove through the liver. Where tattoo removal creams and other topical applications might slowly fade the tattoo and surrounding skin, professional tattoo removal lasers get right to the source by breaking the particles up with nanosecond bursts of light. This makes the tattoo fade faster than any topical or cream treatment could ever do.

2. There’s a Reduced Chance of Scarring

Some other tattoo removal methods include dermabrasion, salabrasion and excision, all of which are painful and expensive procedures requiring a fair amount of healing time with a high chance of scarring. Whereas, professional tattoo removal lasers target only tattooed skin, breaking up pigments while leaving the skin around it alone.

3. Get the Safest Treatment From Medical Professionals

When you go to a professional tattoo removal shop, like The UnTattoo Parlor, you get the benefit of a medically trained staff. The process of removing a tattoo, even when using professional tattoo removal lasers, is taxing on the body so it’s important to be in the presence of medical professionals who can take your medical history and provide the best care for your skin before and after treatment.

4. Lasers are More Effective at Eliminating All Colors of Ink

Some pigments are more difficult to remove from the skin than others. Professional tattoo removal lasers run on specific bandwidths of light which target particular colors, and help to break up the green and blue pigments that are notoriously difficult. At The UnTattoo Parlor, we use two lasers specifically chosen to target the broadest range of ink colors.

5. You’ll Receive the Least Painful Treatment

Non-professional tattoo removal options like dermabrasion and excision require removal or partial destruction of the tattooed skin, which can be pretty painful and require a lot of healing time. When getting professional tattoo removal services, some people experience pain, but having a physician on staff allows us to offer local anesthetic to make your experience pain-free!