While some tattoos tell a unique story, others do not. If you are one of the many people with a tattoo they’d rather forget, we can help!

Thanks to the cutting-edge technology of the Nd:YAG laser, tattoo removal is now easier and more pain-free than ever. That said, every tattoo removal process is different and how well the tattoo fades can depend on several factors. 

In this article, we will dive into how Nd:YAG laser tattoo removal works, tips to help you achieve better results, and the overall benefits of choosing the Nd:YAG laser for your tattoo removal treatments. 

How Nd:YAG Laser Tattoo Removal Works

The Nd:YAG Q-switch laser is the best of the best when it comes to tattoo removal. That’s because the type of light created by the laser treats only pigments in the skin below the surface, meaning the laser does not damage the surface of the skin or leave behind any marks. This kind of laser treatment is referred to as non-ablative. 

High energy levels from the laser cause the pigments in the tattoo ink to shatter, and the fragments that are left behind are then absorbed and removed by the cells through the immune system. This process results in minimal discomfort, which at the time of the session can feel somewhat like a rubber band snapping against the skin. 

Pre- and Post-Session Tips to Aid in the Tattoo Removal Process

While the Nd:YAG laser is one of the most effective tattoo removal lasers to date, everyone’s experience is different. The number of sessions it can take to fully remove the tattoo can vary depending on the ink colors, the size, and the location of the tattoo. Most patients will need to undergo multiple sessions with breaks in between until the tattoo is fully removed. 

That said, there are some things you can do before and after your sessions to help aid the process. 

Tips to Prepare for Your Laser Tattoo Removal

Before your first appointment and all subsequent sessions, follow these tips to help ensure your skin is well-prepared for the laser process. 

  • Minimize UV exposure: You definitely do not want to show up to your appointment with tender skin from sun exposure as this will likely increase pain in the area during the process. So wear sunscreen and avoid the sun as much as possible. The paler your skin is before the procedure, the easier it will be for the laser to target and destroy the tattoo ink. 
  • Eat and stay hydrated before the appointment: To ensure you are feeling strong and healthy before your session, make sure you are well hydrated and have eaten a nutritious meal. 
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen ahead of time: Taking these mild pain relievers before your appointment can help reduce any pain and inflammation you might experience. 
  • Stop smoking: Smoking is known to slow the tattoo removal process because it constricts your blood vessels and hinders the ink particles from moving through the body. It will also slow down the healing process. So it’s best if you can stop smoking well before and even after your sessions. 

Tips to Help Recovery After Laser Tattoo Removal

In addition to things you can do before your sessions, you should also do the following after your tattoo removal to aid in the fading and healing process.

  • Wear sunscreen: Too much sun exposure can darken the skin, which will cause the fading process to take longer. So wear good quality sunscreen, especially around the tattoo area, and avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. 
  • Keep the area clean: To aid the healing process and prevent infection, make sure to keep the targeted area clean. This also means avoiding perfumed moisturizer and make-up. 
  • Exercise: Regular exercise helps boost the immune system, and as this system is responsible for helping to rid the body of the tattoo ink particles, it’s important to do what you can to help it.  
  • Refrain from smoking: Again, smoking can significantly hinder the healing and fading process. So avoid smoking for as long as you can after your sessions. Perhaps this is a good time to quit altogether. 
  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking plenty of water is important because it helps flush the toxins out of your body, such as the broken-down ink particles. Staying hydrated is also important for healthy immune function. 
  • Get enough sleep: Another thing that aids in healing and boosting your immune system is getting adequate sleep. During the healing process, you should be getting at least seven hours of good sleep a night to help speed up the healing process. 
  • Reduce stress: Guess what else hinders your body’s natural ability to heal? Stress. If you want your tattoo removal to be successful, try to keep your mind and your body happy and free of stress. Try some meditation, do some yoga, spend time in nature, or whatever else helps you feel more relaxed.  
  • Eat immune-boosting foods: We obviously can’t stress this enough but a healthy immune system is key to a faster tattoo removal process. So if you really want to help your body out, eat nutrient-rich immune-boosting foods, such as those high in antioxidants and Vitamin E.  
  • Follow aftercare advice: Though the Nd:YAG laser tattoo removal process is safe and effective with minimal discomfort, it’s still important to follow aftercare instructions. Follow your technician’s instructions carefully and don’t hesitate to call them for advice if you have any questions once you’re home. 
  • Keep to your session/appointment schedule: Lastly, if you want to speed up your tattoo removal process, stick to your appointment schedule. If you skip sessions or wait too long in between, it can take longer for your tattoo ink to fade. 

What Are the Benefits of Nd:YAG Laser Tattoo Removal?

To date, the Nd:YAG laser is one of the safest and most effective laser tattoo removal treatments available. Many benefits come from choosing the YAG laser, including:

  • Superior precision
  • Minimally invasive
  • Little to no discomfort
  • Works on diverse skin types
  • Works on all tattoo colors
  • Quick treatment and fast recovery
  • Safe for delicate areas

Again, everyone’s tattoo removal experience can be different. For example, some people have a higher pain tolerance than others, which means for some the process might seem nearly painless and for others, they might experience a little more discomfort. Someone with a strong immune system might also experience a faster healing and recovery process than someone with health issues. 

However, overall, the Nd:YAG laser tattoo removal process is quick, easy, and will result in very little discomfort. As long as you follow the tips above and your aftercare instructions, you should be satisfied with the experience. 

Achieve Optimal Results with the Ink-B-Gone Experts

When you’re ready to say goodbye to your tattoo, the professionals at Ink-B-Gone are here to help. Our knowledgeable staff are highly trained using the latest techniques and technologies to treat even the most stubborn tattoo inks. From consultation to aftercare, we offer compassionate service and customized plans to help you achieve optimal results.