DFW Skin Surgery Center
1115 W. Randol Mill Rd
Suite 200
 Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 303-6647 (MOHS)
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DFW Skin Surgery Center, PLLC
1115 W. Randol Mill Road, Suite 200, Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 303-6647 (MOHS)
Fax: (817) 303-6651


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Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoos are composed of various amounts of pigment granules placed deep within the skin. Though most tattoos are acquired by choice, traumatic tattoos – such as those from pencil stabs or road rash – and radiation site tattoos are also commonly seen. Tattoos are divided into professional and amateur types, with professional tattoos typically placed deeper in the skin, with a higher concentration of ink.

Lasers have long been used for various skin conditions, including blood vessels, pigmented lesions, and tattoos. Lasers produce intense beams of light, which can selectively target skin lesions based on their emitted wavelength.

Lasers designed for tattoo removal target pigment particles within the tattoo, breaking them up into smaller pieces and allowing them to be carried away by various cells within the body. The so-called “Q-switched” lasers produce very short laser pulses, resulting in acoustic waves that break up the pigment particles.

Treatments with these devices are well tolerated and patients are generally able to return to their regular activities immediately following the treatment. Mild purpuric color or pinpoint bleeding may occur within the tattoo. Though many ink colors may be treated with Q-switched lasers, some colors may require more than one type of laser for complete removal, whereas some, such as yellow ink, are resistant to treatment. In addition, older tattoos – that is, those placed a year or more prior to treatment – are better candidates for laser removal as compared to freshly acquired ones, as they already have a high concentration of particle-targeting cells trying to carry those particles away.

While significant initial pigment fading can be achieved within a few sessions, complete tattoo removal usually requires multiple treatments. Additionally, due to their higher initial concentration of pigment and deeper location within the skin, professional tattoos generally need more sessions than amateur ones for complete resolution. Dr. Berlin will notify you of the approximate number of required sessions before commencing your treatment regimen.

If you would like to find out more about this or any other procedures or would like to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Berlin, please contact our office today or use the form on the right to request more information.