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Laser Tattoo Removal Glossary

Laser tattoo removal is an exciting area of medicine, combining the satisfaction of a cosmetic procedure with the latest technology. Here is a glossary of terms we at Light Touch Laser Clinic use when discussing tattoo removal.

  • Absorption

in the field of laser tattoo removal, the process by which the energy of a photon is taken up by something else, in this case by an atom in the pigment of your tattoo

  • Anesthesia

a substance used to block the feeling of pain or other sensations

  • Antibiotic

a pharmaceutical that inhibits or eliminates the growth of bacteria, fungi, or protozoa

  • Color

the frequency of visible light; a phenomenon of light that enables differentiation of objects

  • Cream

a water-soluble substance added to the skin; in laser tattoo removal this can take the form of an antibiotic used to prevent infection

  • Cryosurgery

a surgical procedure where liquid nitrogen or other liquid is applied to skin and layers are peeled away

  • Harmony QS laser

a Q-switched Nd:YAG dual frequency laser designed specifically for laser tattoo removal

  • Dermabrasion

a cosmetic medical procedure where layers of the skin are removed by sanding with abrasives

  • Excision

a surgical procedure that removes a portion of skin; before lasers, a painful form of tattoo removal

  • Homemade tattoo

a tattoo made outside of a professional studio – often using India, pen, or other ink

  • Hyper-pigmentation

excess pigmentation/color

  • Hypo-pigmentation

loss of pigmentation/color

  • Laser

an acronym meaning “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”; in tattoo removal, a light of a specific wavelength to remove particular colors is passed through a gain medium and amplified, then directed towards the tattoo pigment

  • Pigment

a substance used a coloring – in a tattoo, the most common pigment is black, but thousands can be mixed

  • Professional tattoo

a tattoo applied at a professional tattoo studio by trained staff with professional equipment

  • Tattoo

also known as dermal pigmentation – is a mark on the body

  • Tattoo Removal

a procedure to remove unwanted tattoos – most recently using highly-specific lasers to break up tattoo ink

  • Wavelength

the distance between two crests or troughs of a wave of light – laser tattoo removal uses several different wavelengths to address different colors of tattoo ink

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