First — no, I’m never getting my tattoos removed, and yes, I plan on getting both sleeves! Â A friend sent me a link, and boom — there was a dude getting his tattoos removed. Â Take a moment and check this out, it is actually quite amazing:
This process of laser tattoo removal is called laser ablation, or even better — selectiveÂ photothermolysis. Â That’s certainly a five dollar word, isn’t it? Â If you break it down it’s pretty simple: Â photo means light, thermo means heat, and lysis means destruction. Â So destruction using light and heat. Â Can you dig it? Â To put this into perspective of, say, the entertainment industry, laser ablation is used to make glass and/or metal gobos, and can be done with ridiculous precision. Â Ridiculous. Â Laser Ablation is something that typically uses a pulsed laser because of its high power; when something is laser ablated, the power and temperature is usually at such a magnitude that the material being removed is often plasma-fied or just vaporized altogether.
Wanna get really nerdy with me? Â I also checked out a paper called Optimizing Outcomes of Laser Tattoo Removal, talking about different wavelengths and laser types. Â Yes, it’s interesting!
Hey, did I mention that video above has a guy basically getting his tattoos erased?!