Tattoo Removal

MedLite® Laser

The MedLite® Laser is the only Q-Switched laser emitting up to 4 wavelengths, while other Q-Switched lasers (ruby, alexandrite) produce only one wavelength. MedLite® offers the greatest number of wavelengths for more color removal (black, dark and sky blue, red, orange, green).

Tattoo removal with MedLite® Laser


After MedLite® Laser treatment

Tattoo removal with MedLite® Laser


After MedLite® Laser treatment

How does the MedLite® Laser remove the tattoo?

The MedLite® laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. Tattoo ink is removed by using specific wavelengths of light which pass into the skin and is absorbed by the ink. A given wavelength targets only a single color (or a group of nearby colors). For example, the red wavelength removes the green ink and the green wavelength removes the red ink.

The rapid absorption of the light energy (shock wave) causes the tattoo ink to break into tiny particles which can then be removed by the body's natural filtering systems, often referred to as the body's lymphatic drainage system.

How many treatments will it take to remove a tattoo?

Tattoos clear up gradually between treatments. On the average, professional tattoos may require 6-10+ treatments, while amateur tattoos may require only 2-5 sessions. Treatment sessions are usually spaced 4-8 weeks apart. Old tattoos typically come out more easily than recent tattoos. The number of treatments depends on the size of the tattoo, the amount and type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin.

How long is each treatment?

The length of each treatment varies according to the size of the tattoo and to the number of colors which composes it. The MedLite® laser is typically 5 to 10 times faster than most other Q-Switched lasers.

Can the tattoo be completely removed?

Yes, in many cases, if adequate wavelengths are used. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. Black and dark blue, as well as red inks, resolve the best. Oranges and yellows usually fade as well. Purple, aqua and green inks are the most difficult to remove and additional treatments are needed to produce significant fading. However, it is important to know that there are many different types of tattoo inks in use worldwide today. Not knowing which tattoo ink was used, or how deeply it was applied, makes it impossible to accurately predict the degree of removal.

How long after a removal can the same area be re-tattooed?

Rather than covering a tattoo and unnecessarily accumulating ink in the skin, it is recommended to remove or lighten the former tattoo first with the laser and to recreate a new one 6 months after the last session.

What type of post-treatment care is necessary?

Special healing ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area immediately after the treatment. The treated area should be kept clean. It is recommended to ice the area as often as possible in the next 8 hours. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should never be scrubbed. It is vital not to scratch or pick at the treated area. Also, it is advisable to avoid sun exposure on the treated site for the duration of the treatment.