People get tattoos for various reasons such as self-expression, artistic, a form of personal narrative, etc. However, some of them may have second thought later and wish to have the tattoos removed. The laser can help you remove unwanted tattoos with minimal side effects.
Lasers remove tattoos by breaking down the ink (pigments) in the tattoos with high-intensity laser energy. The pigment debris is then absorbed and removed from the body. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest color to remove. Generally, black and dark blue tattoos are the easier ones to remove compared to other colors.
Laser tattoo removal typically requires multiple therapy sessions to achieve desirable results. The laser selectively targets the tattoo pigment with relatively low collateral damage to the adjacent skin. After each treatment session, the tattoo will become progressively lighter. Laser treatment is often safer and preferable than many other tattoo removal methods, such as excision or dermabrasion.
Laser System: Q-Switched Nd-YAG Laser (MedliteÒ)
Duration: 20- 30 minutes for each session
Anaesthesia: Numbing cream is used (40-50 minutes waiting time)
Downtime: 2-3 days
Total sessions required: Highly variable. The tattoo colour, the pigment density, the presence of scarring, and tattoo layering all determine the number of sessions needed. Generally, complete tattoo removal may require an average of 6-12 sessions.
The interval between sessions: 1 month
Post Treatment Care
What to Expect:
Mild redness for 1-2 days
Frosting, a slightly elevated whitish discoloration with or without punctate bleeding, is often seen and will gradually resolve over a few days.
A crust may form on the treated area and fall off around one week.
Clean the treatment areas with a gentle cleanser or soap.
Use a high-grade moisturizer to restore moisture in the skin. Adequate hydration of the skin is essential to keep the skin healthy and protect it from damage.
Apply sunscreen at least twice a day in the morning and evening. If the sunscreen wears off due to sweating, face-washing, or swimming, please reapply the sunscreen to provide continuing protection.