Dr. Thomas Chu, MD, PC - Dermatologic and cosmetic surgery

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Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal with the Medlite IV™



Dr. Thomas Chu offers laser tattoo removal with the Medlite IV™ laser. The Medlite IV™ laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. Tattoo ink is removed by using a specific wavelength of light which passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to destruct, where it is then removed by the body's natural filtering systems. The Medlite IV™ uses a light wavelength which passes through skin, but is absorbed by most inks. The Medlite IV™ also delivers the light in a very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. The use of this specific combination of wavelength and rapidly pulsed light results in minimal damage to the skin while providing maximum tattoo ink removal.

Is the process painful?
The Medlite IV™ laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulses of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band or speck of hot bacon grease on the skin. The large majority of patients do not require anesthesia.

How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?
On the average, professional tattoos require 6-8 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 4-5 treatments, all spaced approximately one month apart.  The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin.

Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
No, dark inks (blue or black) and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?
In most cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.