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What Wavelength is Best for Tattoo Removal?

Removing an unwanted tattoo can feel liberating. Laser tattoo removal lets you free yourself from ink you no longer enjoy. This procedure uses specific wavelengths of light to target tattoo pigments for removal. Your Premier Vein & Body team uses the most advanced laser technology with the most effective wavelengths for targeting all pigment colors in fewer treatments. 

What is Laser Tattoo Removal? 

Laser tattoo removal is a procedure that removes unwanted tattoos using light energy. It uses a laser to target tattoo pigments and break them apart, allowing the body to remove them. Laser tattoo removal with a standard laser uses a single wavelength that often struggles to remove some pigments and can burn or injure the skin. Your Premier Vein & Body team uses the PicoSure® laser to ensure better results without these older lasers’ discomfort or side effects.

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How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work? 

The PicoSure® laser uses three different wavelengths of energy to remove your tattoo. It creates rapid pulses of energy that travel harmlessly through your skin and strike the tattoo pigments in the deeper layers. Tattoos stay in your skin because the pigment particles are too large for your immune system to remove. 

The three wavelengths of the PicoSure® laser break apart these pigment particles, shattering them into small pieces that can be removed by the body. Traditional lasers generate significant heat when they break up pigments, while PicoSure® maintains your comfort throughout treatment. 

What Wavelength is Best for Tattoo Removal? 

To understand which wavelength is best for tattoo removal, you should know how these wavelengths affect your tattoo pigments. Each wavelength from a laser is most effective against a particular range of colors. The single wavelength used by most lasers is highly effective against black and dark blue inks but does a poor job of removing brighter or more intense colors.

With three wavelengths, the PicoSure® laser can target the entire spectrum of tattoo colors. This property allows it to remove pigments other lasers can leave behind. The 532 nm wavelength removes yellow, orange and red ink colors; the 755 nm wavelength targets black, green and blue ink; and the 1064 nm wavelength removes black or dark blue shades. 

The PicoSure® system’s rapid pulses create minimal heat, keeping your skin comfortable and making this laser safe for all skin types and tones. Even darker-skinned individuals who may have been told they are not good candidates for laser tattoo removal can safely undergo treatment with PicoSure®.

What to Expect During Laser Tattoo Removal

If you have hesitated to try laser tattoo removal after hearing about someone else’s painful experience, the PicoSure® laser can relieve your concerns. You will feel little to no discomfort during your PicoSure® treatment. Some people report feeling warmth during the process, but the cooling system prevents excess heat. You may choose to have a numbing cream applied, especially in sensitive areas. The length of a treatment session may be as little as 15 minutes for a small tattoo and 30 minutes or more for a large one. 

Is There Any Downtime After Laser Tattoo Removal?

You can return to your usual activities after laser tattoo removal. While there is no downtime, you should protect your skin from sun exposure. You may experience some redness and swelling after treatment that will improve with ice. We will provide you with a five-day aftercare kit to apply to the area to control any peeling or crusting. Sun exposure can cause damage to your skin during healing, so avoid it as much as possible and wear quality sun protection.

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To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

How Many Laser Tattoo Treatments Will I Need? 

The number of treatments varies depending on many factors. These include:

  • The intensity of the tattoo colors
  • The depth of the tattoo (amateur tattoos are usually not as deep)
  • The area of skin where the tattoo is located
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The number of colors

You may need as few as four treatments to achieve 90% clearance of your unwanted tattoo. Others may need more sessions. We will usually schedule your sessions six to eight weeks apart. During this time, your body will remove the treated pigment particles so the laser can target another layer. The PicoSure® laser removes tattoos in fewer treatments than traditional lasers, saving you time and money on repeat sessions. 

Is Tattoo Removal Permanent?

The PicoSure® laser shatters pigment particles, preventing the color from reappearing. Your tattoo will not return. Laser tattoo removal can achieve complete tattoo removal for some people. Others will see significant fading to the point where the tattoo is barely visible. If you have treatment to fade your unwanted tattoo before getting a new one, you can rest assured your old tattoo will never make an appearance to ruin your new ink.


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Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you are interested in laser tattoo removal, please call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO, just past the State Line, and proudly serves Leawood, Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content in this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If anyone has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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