There is a saying that goes “The right tool for the job”. If you use a hammer when a hammer is needed for a certain job, you get good results. If you use a hammer when you should be using a wrench, things do not turn out so well. The use of lasers for tattoo removal consistently provide excellent results, but the choice of the laser may vary depending upon the ink used and the color of the patient’s skin. There are different lasers for different inks and skin types. At Remove A Tattoo in Mequon, we use the right laser for the right job. If your skin tone is very light, the Duality Nd:YAG 1064/532 laser or the Eternity 694 Ruby laser can be used with a great degree of efficacy and minimal potential side effects.
But what if you have brown to black skin, called Type III-VI skin types? Can we still remove your tattoos? The answer is probably yes. We mainly use of the Duality laser for tattoo removal in dark skin, because the 1064 wavelength can hit the ink while sparing the skin pigment (melanin). Black ink on black skin responds very well to Duality laser treatments. If the tattoo is green and does not respond to the Duality 1064 laser, it will likely not be able to be removed. We could use the Ruby laser, which would have an excellent effect on green ink, but would also likely hit the pigment in the skin, resulting in a higher chance of hypopigmentation. Laser tattoo removal in darker skin may cause hyperpigmentation (skin being darker after treatment) or hypopigmentation (skin being lighter) after treatment. These changes in skin color are transient most of the time, but can be permanent. The other potential problem is keloid formation; if you easily form keloids (large raised scars) when your skin is injured, laser tattoo removal must be approached very cautiously. Before starting treatment, Remove A Tattoo thoroughly counsels each patient so they are fully informed about the treatment regimen they are about to begin. Give us a call today at 414-617-2849 to arrange for a free consultation for laser tattoo removal.