Tattoos no longer need to be permanent. Laser Tattoo Removal effectively and safely hides mistakes from your past.
It’s no secret that the stigma surrounding tattoos has greatly faded and there’s been a surge in acquiring these permanent marks of body art. As we know, however, tastes change and tattoos are permanent. Maybe the artist wasn’t as amazing as you expected and you want your tattoo gone forever. It’s also very common for clients to desire to fade their old artwork for a cover up (re-tattooing).
How does Laser Tattoo Removal work?
The Q-Switched Laser has become the gold standard treatment for tattoo removal, with the least chance of scarring compared to other methods. The laser works by creating a short high energy light pulse, that is absorbed by tattoo ink, causing it to break down into tiny particles that are then absorbed by the body and naturally removed by the body’s lymphatic system.
Some colours are more stubborn than others and require varying wavelengths of light, the Q-Switch operates four varying wavelengths: 1064 nm, 532 nm, 585 nm, 650 nm. Some laser machines brag a single wavelength for all colours, however, this is ineffective. The Spectra by Lutronic uses multiple wavelengths, enabling it to reach a range of colours.
Is Tattoo Removal painful?
Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable. Some clients liken the tattoo removal process to the feeling of rubber bands being rolled over the skin. It is not required, although if you are concerned about discomfort, local numbing agents such as topical anaesthetics can be used.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
After your treatment, it is normal to experience white discolouration, red or swollen skin. This disappears over time, along with your tattoo. You can expect skin tone to return to normal within 6-12 months of your last treatment.
Your doctor will provide you with information on what to expect, and aftercare procedures to minimise infection.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will be specific to your tattoo removal wants. Some clients may require fading for a cover-up, while others are looking for complete removal.
Typically, tattoo removal takes 5-10 sessions performed at roughly 4-8 week intervals. This is, of course, a case by case basis. Factors such as the location of tattoo, colour, size and age all affect how many treatments you will need.
Tattoo removal results are case relevant and depend on size, colour and age of your tattoo. Not all tattoos can be completely removed – even after several sessions, however, all tattoos can be lightened.