Tattoo Laser Treatment Reviewed

by admin on May 26, 2011

Arm after laser treatment

Arm after laser treatment

Many years ago I had some tattoos done on my arms and years later regretted them.

After doing some research, I decided upon some laser treatment to get them removed.

You can see the results on the photo to the right. I used a clinic called SK:N, who had a ruby switched laser and a YAG laser.

In case you are interested YAG stands for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet – quite a mouthful, I think you’ll agree. Basically the neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet is a crystal that is used as a laser medium.

Apparently the ruby and YAG lasers are used for different colored tattoos and skin colors.

My tattoo treatment involved both ruby and YAG laser treatment and lasted for approximately 30 minutes.

Most of the treatment consisted of the YAG laser and let me tell you – this treatment was extremely painful. It was more painful than having the tattoo in the first place (over twenty years ago) The pain was I should imagine similar to  plunging a red hot needle into your arm at a frequency of approximately two times per second – not that I’ve ever tried that! After the initial shock of the pain that this treatment delivers, it is possible to sort of detach yourself from the pain, but it is still extremely painful.

After receiving the pain of the YAG for approximately 20 minutes, my practitioner switched to the ruby laser to target some of the green areas of the tattoos. Compared to the YAG laser, the ruby laser was like a breathe of fresh air and the pain was similar to snapping a rubber band onto the arm.

I’ll post the results from the treatment once the inflammation has settled down. I hope I haven’t put off anyone who is thinking of having their tattoos removed – it’s worth putting up with the pain for twenty minutes or so if it gets rid of an unwanted tattoo.

Laser tattoo removal is supposed  to be a scar free method of removal, however there are other methods of tattoo removal such as surgery or injection of chemicals etc.

When I had my tattoos done, I was really young and probably quite immature. If someone had advised my not to get them done, I wouldn’t have listened, but for any young people out there who are considering having tattoos done – think on.

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Richard June 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Mate, firstly they should have shaved the area. with the yag it wil get better, I have had several laser sessions with various lasers and i gets easier. Let me know how you get on. I have been a bit of a geek and studied lasers and their wavelengths etcs and really love when i hear people say oh yes we can get rid of that ……. the laser will only do so much and only certain laser will work and its all to do with th ink that was used at the time of tattooing.


admin June 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm

They shaved my arm for the first treatment but then I was told that it wouldn’t make any difference to the effectiveness of the treatment to leave my arm unshaven.
I have had approximately 7 or 8 treatments now, but the greens and yellows seem to be the hardest colors to remove.


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