Tattoos may be lightened and removed with specific lasers. Depending on the color and density of the ink, the type of laser and number of treatments required varies.
What is a traumatic tattoo?
Traumatic tattoos result from the deposition of dirt, gravel, or debris in the skin following a scrape or injury to the skin. The traumatic tattoo is typically blue to grey in color and is permanent. The Q-switched Nd:Yag laser is the treatment of choice for these types of tattoos.
The tattoo is first numbed with local anesthesia and the laser is pulsed against the blue-grey color. The skin turns white to grey and is allowed to heal over the next week. Unlike professionally applied cosmetic tattoos, traumatic tattoos may respond to treatment within one to two treatments (but may need more).