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Alexandrite laser tattoo removal

The alexandrite laser is one of the most useful devices for removing unwanted tattoo ink.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

The alexandrite laser is one of the most useful devices for removing unwanted tattoo ink. Operating at a wavelength of 755 nm, alexandrite lasers are one of the only lasers that can effectively remove green tattoo ink, though it can eliminate blue, yellow, and black inks too.

What It's Good For

Alexandrite lasers is the go-to laser for eliminating green ink in tattoos - in fact, it's the only laser tht can significantly reduce green ink in the body. It can also strip away black, yellow and blue ink.

Who it works for: Alexandrite lasers should only be used on individuals with light to medium-toned skin. qualify for treatment with alexandrite lasers.

Recommended age range: Most tattoos are obtained between 18 and 29 years old, and by the age of 40, 50% or more of inked up persons regret their body art. Enter the alexandrite laser.

When will I see results?: Alexandrite lasers have a "whitening" effect on your skin, so the colors of your tattoo should become increasingly lighter, fading more after each treatment. An elevated crust usually forms right after treatment, which can take up to two weeks to dissolve.

How long it lasts: Tattoo removal is permanent, but the alexandrite laser isn't a magical eraser. The device may not remove every last droplet of ink from under the skin, resulting in what's known as "shadowing."

Key benefits of alexandrite laser tattoo removal: Alexandrite lasers can remove blue and yellow colored tattoo ink. It can also tackle the most stubborn ink tone of them all - green - with minimal damage to the skin.

Licensed uses: The FDA approved Q-switched lasers for tattoo removal in the early 1990s. The alexandrite laser is Q-switched (pulsed) and a popular choice for tattoo removal.

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