Most people get tattooed and bitterly regret the decision later on. What seemed like a good idea at the time can cause a major problem in later life. For some people having a tattoo can mean psychological distress.
For others it can mean difficulty in securing employment or going for a promotion.
Those who at some stage regret getting a tattoo have three choices; hide it, cover it with a better tattoo, or have it removed professionally.
Laser is the treatment of choice for tattoo removal as it has the ability to remove the tattoo pigment completely without leaving any scarring. Our clinic offers treatment with the Q-Switch, Nd:YAG C6 Medlite laser system which can remove tattoos containing black, dark and light blue, green and red pigments.
This specific laser is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. These wavelengths are either absorbed, reflected, or simply pass through objects. Tattoo ink is removed by using a specific wavelength which passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink.
The rapid absorption of light energy causes destruction of the tattoo ink, and it is removed by the body’s natural filtering systems.
The Q-Switched, Nd:YAG 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 or specks of hot bacon grease on the skin. A large majority of patients do not require anesthesia.
You may return to work immediately. There is no down time for this procedure. On average, professional tattoos require 8-12 treatments or even more, while amateur tattoos require 4-6 treatments with an interval of 6-8 weeks in between sessions.
The number of treatments depends on the age of tattoo, the amount and type of ink used as well as the depth of the ink in the skin. Rarely, even more than ten treatments may be needed.
Do all colours of ink disappear equally as well?
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.
After the procedure the area may be red or swollen, as if mildly sunburned, for five days to several weeks. There may be some bruising, and with deeper tattoos bleeding is not uncommon. Usually there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment given to you by your laser therapist.
A shower can be taken but you must keep the skin clean and dry for 5-7 seven days and the treated area should not be scrubbed. Recovery times depend on the extent of the treatment and the individual’s capacity to heal. Redness, sensitivity or even blistering may continue for several weeks, and there may be discolouration and a change in skin texture in the area, which will gradually improve.
You can choose to benefit from the ‘Multilase’ system, which is specifically designed for reducing the inflammation, redness and discomfort, and in general quicker recovery after your laser procedure (optional).
We are now equipped with Zimmer Cryo 6 system that is designed to blow cold air on the skin and to cool down the treated area whilst undergoing laser procedure , to – 30 degrees to minimise possible side effects and heat generated by laser. The cold air will also numb and sooth the skin, making it as comfortable as possible.
You should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun, as this may retard healing and hyper-pigmentation. You may not notice significant results until several treatments have been completed. Most people are satisfied with the pigment removal achieved through laser treatment. It is important to remember, however, that your skin will never look as it did before you had the tattoo, even though the tattooed pigment has been removed. At the end of treatments, in most cases hyper or hypo pigmentation or even mild skin irregularities can occur.
* Please note: Receive a 10 % Discount on any pre-paid package of 8 consecutive bimonthly sessions! (Must be for the same area and is not transferable).
The average cost usually starts at $90 per session for removal of a small tattoo (intentional or trauma tattoo)
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