What to know about Color Tattoo Removal

by Hannah Mitch
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Blue, green, and purple inks are thought to be hard to erase using laser tattoo treatment (or at least very difficult to remove). Although several other laser tattoo removal clinics do not have the correct wavelengths to target these colours, this is not the case at our clinic. We’ve invested in the newest and most up-to-date technologies to clear any colour of ink from any skin type as soon as possible.

The Best Lasers for Removing Color Tattoos

Our best lasers are cutting-edge Candela PicoWay┬« (wavelengths between 730nm and 785nm) is ideal for removing and extracting blue and green tattoos, as well as their shades of teal, turquoise, lime green, and other colours. It’s also ideal for removing particularly stubborn colours of black that most hospitals can’t quite get rid of.

Any tattoo that undergoes laser tattoo removal is new, much like every client. Our mission is to remove all unnecessary tattoos, regardless of the ink colours used in the logo, and to do so, we use a combination of laser wavelengths.

Some tattoo pigments absorb certain wavelengths of light more than others, according to the principle of light absorption. If you want to have successful tattoo removal treatments, make sure your tattoo removal facility has the right wavelengths that would be well-absorbed by the tattoo inks you’re removing.

Our aim is to absorb as much information as possible. Tattoo removal operates by breaking up tattoo fragments in the skin, which are then cleared out by the immune system (i.e. the fading process). The laser is pulsed over the tattoo, focusing light energy into the ink, to do this. The energy is consumed by the tattoo ink crystals, which break up into small fragments almost immediately.

The ink does not fragment and the tattoo will not be lost if the ink does not absorb the laser light because an ineffective wavelength was used. That’s what there is to it.

Why lasers will remove the colours blue, green, and purple from tattoo ink?

We handle blue, green, and purple inks with both the 1064nm and 875nm wavelengths. The 1064nm wavelength removes all mud or shadow from the tattoo. Darker pigments, particularly in dark blue tattoos, are also present in blues and greens, and we want to remove them using the 1064nm wavelength because darker pigments absorb the wavelength best, and we also want to use the appropriate amount of energy that is healthy for your skin. The 730nm and 785nm wavelengths would then be used to target lighter colours of blue and green. We’ll decide which wavelength is better for you at each appointment based on your skin’s reaction.

Tattoos sometimes change colour when they are removed. Since we have converted the larger ink particles into “lime,” they may look darker at first, eventually diminishing as you go through your 8-12 treatments. It takes an average of 3-5 sessions to fade a tattoo.┬á

A Few Words about Other Wavelengths

Some wavelengths, such as 585nm and 650nm, are used for tattoo removal. In theory, these wavelengths may also be useful for extracting blue and green inks, but they can’t be generated with the same amount of energy as the wavelengths described above.

The 585nm and 650nm wavelengths are formed using dye-impregnated hand-piece filters, which result in lower energy levels than those provided by a laser.

Be wary of clinics that claim to be able to erase the blue, green, or purple tattoo using certain wavelengths because they can’t. They will be able to initiate the removal, but they may not be able to finish it. Many of our clients have gone down this (expensive and frustrating) path only to find us, where we have the technology to fully erase these ink shades.

If you’ve been to the beach lately, you’ve also found that tattoos have become so mainstream that they’re no longer considered radical. About a quarter of Australian men and women between the ages of 20 and 29 have at least one tattoo, and the number is increasing. Tattoos are still a way to represent oneself, but with better tools and a wider variety of colours to choose from, they are getting more complex and decorative.
However, a disadvantage to using a larger colour palette is that coloured pigments can be difficult to erase as the tattoo’s appeal fades. This article discusses how tattoo ink interacts with lasers during laser tattoo removal and how this will impact the treatment’s ultimate effectiveness.


The coloured pigment and a carrier solution make up tattoo inks. Plant-based dyes, manufactured additives, and dyes derived from metals are all used to create the pigments (iron, cobalt, cadmium or zinc are examples). Alcohol is commonly used as a carrier solution because it keeps the dye solution sterile and the ink fluid, allowing it to pass quickly through the needles and through the flesh.


Lasers operate by delivering high-intensity light pulses onto the skin that are incredibly brief (measured in billionths of a second). The pigment draws in and absorbs light energy, which it then converts to heat. Heat causes the pigment to expand and then shatter into tiny particles, which the body’s own detoxification processes destroy.

The issue with laser tattoo removal is that different ink colours necessitate different wave lengths. Since it is the darkest and consumes the most energy over all wave lengths, black is the simplest colour to extract. Since most wavelengths are not absorbed by green and blues, they are among the most difficult to work with. When you use the wrong wave length and kind of laser, you’ll get poor results. In the past, this meant that multi-colored tattoos necessitated time-consuming (and expensive) treatment regimens involving several lasers to treat individual colours with mixed outcomes.

PicoWay covers a wide range of colours by operating at wavelengths of 1064nm and 532nm. The PicoWay works at picosecond time, which ensures the laser produces a photo-acoustic shockwave to smash the ink rather than the old q-switched lasers, which used a photo-thermal reaction to heat the ink to melt it down.


The PicoWay laser is a modern generation laser with a far shorter energy pulse than conventional lasers (measured in picoseconds, or a trillionth of a second). The PicoWay is 4.5 times more effective at fracturing pigment, resulting in tiny particles that are more easily separated.

The PicoWay laser has a number of advantages over standard lasers, including the ability to strip many tattoo colours at once thanks to its shorter pulse duration and two distinct energy ranges (532nm and 1064nm). Red, yellow, and orange pigments are removed by the higher-energy 532nm laser, while black, brown, green, blue, and purple pigments are removed by the lower-energy 1064nm laser.

The PicoWay laser device is a major advancement in laser tattoo removal and the perfect method for removing or fading complex, multi-colored tattoos. Come in for a free appointment and see the incredible outcomes we’ve accomplished with the PicoWay Laser machine if you’re thinking of getting a tattoo extracted.

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