R20 Laser Tattoo Removal

A colourful tattoo can probably attract a lot of attention on the street. Yet when it comes to tattoo removal you will need pay a lot of attention in the removal. We have mentioned previously in the Factors Determining the Success of Tattoo Removal that the colour of tattoo is an crucial contributing factor for a successful tat removal. The reason is that different colours of ink absorb different wavelengths of light. It is not difficult to imagine how many different wavelengths of light are needed to remove the sexy tattoo below. Are you thinking about a tattoo removal but are afraid of the long treatments for up to as long as a year? Journal of American Academy Dermatology back in Feb 2012 revealed that new research might bring about a breakthrough in tattoo removal which can significantly reduce the time for the lengthy sessions. In this post, we will write about those new research, including the introduction of the R20 method.

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A colourful tattoo is very difficult to be removed


New technique on laser treatments

Dermatologists are finding ways to enhanced traditional laser tattoo removal method so that it become safer and more effective, according to Dr. Arielle Kauvar, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. Even though removing all tattoo colours remain difficult, the new enhancements appear to remove tattoos more effectively with fewer treatment sessions.


One of the new studies, which is called the “R20 method”, attempted to treat a tattoo four times a day with Q-switched YAG laser instead of one single treatment. Each treatment are separate by 20 minutes to allow time for the dissipation of tiny whitening bubbles produced during each session. This method shows a faster removal of the inks without having extra side effects on the tattoo. Another research uses fractional ablative laser together with traditional laser and has half of the tattoo ink removed just in one single session. One more study conducted by Dr. Kauvar is looking into treating a tattoo twice a day with a number of different laser wavelengths to remove different colours. This study has shown increase in effectiveness in getting rid of blue, green, and black colours.


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R-20 laser tattoo removal before and after

The researches are still at the baby stage but the findings could potentially eliminate the extremely long time needed for a laser tattoo removal. It comes to no surprise that this could bring about savings on cost of having a tat removed, as well as reduce the pain a patient has to suffer. The healing period will also be shortened and the cost of after-care will also be smaller. Those who used to be scared of having a tattoo removal due to time or financial concerns can now re-consider about changing their decisions.

Can those new methods shorten the whole tattoo removal process from as long as years down to months? Time will tell and we will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date information.


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