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For a long time, it was thought that tattoos were permanent and once a tattoo was applied, you were stuck with it forever. However, thanks to the introduction of Q-switched laser technology, laser tattoo removal now offers a safe and effective solution for unwanted ink that only takes a matter of minutes to perform.

You may have noticed that tattoos naturally change colors or get lighter after many years. That’s because your body’s immune system naturally recognizes tattoo ink as a foreign substance and tries to remove the ink particles in your skin the moment their placed there. However, the ink particles are too large and deeply placed for your immune system to completely break them down. This means the ink remains trapped in your dermis. Laser tattoo removal speeds up the natural fading process by shattering those large ink particles into smaller pieces that your body can flush away more easily.


Tattoo removal is an advanced procedure because tattoo ink needs to be heated at high temperatures to shatter, yet high temperatures usually cause skin to scar. Astanza Laser Systems feature a sophisticated technology, Q-switching, that effectively breaks down ink particles without scarring.

Astanza Q-switched Laser Systems feature amazingly short laser pulses that only last for nanoseconds (billionths of a second). Because the laser pulse is so brief, the power is high enough to shatter the ink. This also means the energy is in the skin for such a short period of time that there is no risk of damage to the skin.

Laser Skin Interaction

It takes multiple treatments to access all of the varying depths of ink in a tattoo. Our laser first targets the shallowest layers of ink and works its way down to the deepest layers. Professional tattoos with complex materials and ink density typically require more treatments than those amateur tattoos with a lower density of ink. A variety of factors are used to assess the total number of treatments your tattoo will need.

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