Why are some colors easier to remove than others with laser tattoo removal?
Why the differences between colors?
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Replied on 1/13/2010
By: Celibre Medical Corporation | Laser Tattoo Removal
Different tattoo colors absorb light in different ways. We will relate it to the way a t-shirt absorbs sunlight to illustrate our point. When walking outside on a sunny day with a black t-shirt, you will get very warm because dark colors absorb light very easily. You might get
somewhat warm with a red or green t-shirt and you would be the coolest in a white t-shirt because white reflects light easier than any color. The same goes for tattoo colors. The darker colors absorb laser light most easily. For this reason, blue, black and brown are typically the easiest color to remove. Orange, yellow, green and light blue are the
most difficult to remove because they do not absorb a light easily and they are also best suited for q-switched alexandrite lasers, which are not the most common type of tattoo removal laser.
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