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A tattoo is made by putting deposits of ink into the skin. This ink is a relatively large molecule. Your body’s immune system will slowly over time try and eat the molecules of ink and remove them from your skin. However, due to the size of ink molecules, this process is very slow. Most tattoos will fade over decades and some can even become barely visible, but not most.
Lasers help to speed this process up immensely. By matching a laser’s wavelength closely to the colors in your tattoo we are able to break your tattoo into much smaller molecules making it easier and faster for your immune system to remove the ink from your skin.
The Enlighten device, essentially, allows us to do two treatments in one sitting. It has a Nanosecond setting that breaks large molecules of ink into medium-sized molecules. It also has a Picosecond setting that allows us to break the medium-sized molecules into even smaller molecules. This significantly reduces the ink molecule size and scatters it out allowing your white blood cells to go to work.
Treatments are generally performed at 6-8 week intervals, based on healing. It can take up to 6 or more treatments to get rid of the tattoo, however, some will be gone in three or less. This will depend upon many factors that are outside of your or our control. Factors such as color, depth of ink, the intensity of color, size, and types of ink used all contribute to the speed of clearing. Although it is rare, some tattoos may never completely clear.