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The key requirement for a laser to remove tattoos is for to be short wave. This means that the energy is delivered in a very short pulse-duration which "cracks" the tattoo pigment particles and is effectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The Wells Clinic uses a Q switched Nd:YAG laser which can produce several wavelengths to target a range of tattoo pigments. IPLs and non short wave lasers will not be effective on tattoos, delivering energy that is not effectively absorbed by tattoo pigment and which may damage surrounding skin. Some tattoo pigments respond well to lasers; colours like green do not always response well. These may require a treatment with a Q switched Alexandrite laser.
Multiple treatments may be necessary. Professional tattoos typically require between 6 and 12 treatment, whereas amateur or traumatic blue-black tattoos may only need 1 to 3 sessions. Coloured tattoos can take many more sessions.