Using our state of the art equipment the laser energy is directed at the ink in your tattoo for a fraction of a second. The laser energy passes harmlessly through the outer layer of your skin to target the tattoo ink directly. The laser fragments the ink into smaller components, which allows your body to absorb the ink and process it naturally.
Is Laser tattoo removal painful?
Pain is a personal thing that is different for each individual. Tattoo removal treatments are uncomfortable but easily tolerable. They are also completed very quickly. The laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band on the skin. Numbing cream is available at our clinics. In addition, during your treatment, we cool your skin to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
How Many Treatment Sessions will it take to remove the Tattoo?
On average, amateur tattoos require 3-4 treatments, but some complex professional tattoos might need 6-12 sessions, all spaced approximately 6 - 8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Medical Advice is a minimum of seven weeks between treatments to give you the best results. The lasers fragment the ink in your tattoo so that your body's immune system can finish the removal process, and this takes time. When your tattoo is exposed to laser treatments too frequently, the risk of discoloration and scarring increases greatly rather than shortening the time of removal.
Do all colours of ink respond well to Tattoo Removal?
No, dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading. Because each person and every tattoo is unique, everyone responds to laser tattoo removal treatments differently. Some people notice a distinct visual change with every single treatment, while other people may not see any change for a couple of treatments. When you follow our clinical staff's advice, you ensure yourself the best results as soon as possible.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo. We can remove most colours completely. While some colours require more treatments than other colours, even the most challenging colours will usually fade to a point where they're nearly impossible to see. We can also remove just part of a tattoo so that you can have it redone correctly and have it look the way it should have to begin with.
What type of post-treatment care is necessary?
There could be very fine pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. The treated area should be kept clean. If your skin is very sensitive and if required an antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area, after the treatment. After treatment, you can resume most of your usual activities as long as you avoid excessively scratching or rubbing the treated area. Strict sun avoidance, by covering the treated area when you're in the sun until your skin has healed. Be sure to follow your treating clinician's instructions, keeping in mind that these instructions may vary from one treatment to another.
Why doesn’t the laser remove my normal skin pigmentation?
The laser light was designed for its properties that selectively target dark concentrations of melanin. If after the abnormal concentration of melanin was removed, and treatment continued on normal skin, some whitening could occur. However, your body's natural regenerative system would replace the normal melanin after a period of time returning the melanin to its natural state.
Is the process painful?
The laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a slight sunburn. Typically, within a day or so, any discomfort disappears. The area may remain reddened for one to two weeks. After the redness clears the skin is returned to its natural smooth colouring and texture.