We have been seeing a lot of spas and tattoo removal clinics offering “Red Light” therapy to aid in the tattoo removal process. The question of the day is…..Does LED Red Light Therapy assist in the tattoo removal process?
First, we need to understand what LED light therapy does. LED stands for Light, Emitting, Diode, in simple terms, the light moves through an emitting source the diode which is a one-way valve that allows electrical current to flow in one direction. When the red light is delivered to the injury site it increases circulation, dramatically, reduces inflammation and promotes healing.
Initially, this sounds like the perfect ally to assist in the tattoo removal process. Unfortunately, this is not the case. When treating a tattoo the laser fires a Nanosecond pulse length, this rapid firing creates friction which in turn creates a small amount of heat. Adding additional “thermal energy” from a LED red light therapy can result in more severe blistering and adverse reaction.
Another thought is to potentially use red light therapy after a two-week waiting period when the skin is no longer sensitive to add additional “thermal energy” from the red LED to promote healing after the potential for further blistering has subsided. However, by speeding up the healing process, the bodys primary goal will be to heal the aggravated tissue. leaving the white blood cells less concerned with removing the foreign ink partials. We want those white blood cells to be working on tattoo removal as well as healing the aggravated tissue. Red light will speed up the healing process of tattoo removal but will reduce the amount of ink reduction associated with the treatment. Obviously, if you have less reduction after a session then potentially you will need more laser tattoo removal sessions creating more skin fatigue on the treated area.
Our bodies are amazing machines that are well versed at removing unwanted or foreign entities. Laser tattoo removal was designed to assist the body in the natural process of the ink removal. When healing it is our opinion that it is more efficient to allow the body to do what it does naturally and heal at its own pace.