Tattoo Removal

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL INFORMATION/FAQs


There is good news for those who have an unwanted body design. Laser tattoo removal techniques can eliminate your tattoo with minimal side effects. Here’s how it works: lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colours of the tattoo with a high-intensity light beam.

Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest to treat. Other colours can only be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment colour.

Who can benefit from laser tattoo removal?

Because each tattoo is unique, removal techniques must be tailored to suit each individual case, so please refer to our tattoo removal specialists for an initial consultation.

What can I expect during the laser tattoo removal?

Depending on the size and colour of your tattoo, the number of treatments will vary. Your tattoo may be removed in two to four visits, though many more sessions may be necessary.

Treatment with the laser varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size and type of tattoo (amateur or professional). The colour of the patient’s skin, as well as the depth to which the tattoo pigment extends, will also affect the removal technique.

In general, this is what will happen during a clinic visit for tattoo removal using the newer lasers:

Protective eye shields are placed on the patient.

The skin’s reaction to the laser is tested to determine the most effective energy for treatment.

The treatment itself consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser light. As many patients describe it, each pulse feels like a grease splatter or the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. Smaller tattoos require fewer pulses while larger ones require more. In either case, the tattoo requires several treatments and multiple visits. At each treatment, the tattoo should become progressively lighter.

The patient will be asked to apply a topical antibiotic cream or ointment following the treatment.

What are the possible side effects?

There are minimal side effects to tattoo removal by lasers. However, you should consider these factors in your decision:

The tattoo removal site is at risk of infection. You may also risk lack of complete pigment removal, and there is a slight chance that the treatment can leave you with a permanent scar.

You may also risk hypopigmentation, where the treated skin is paler than surrounding skin, or hyperpigmentation, where the treated skin is darker than surrounding skin.

Cosmetic tattoos like lip liner, eyeliner and eyebrows may darken following treatment with tattoo removal lasers. Further treatment of the darkened tattoos usually results in fading.

Is laser tattoo removal safe?

Treatment of tattoos with laser systems has become much more effective with very little risk of scarring. Laser treatment is often safer than many traditional methods such as excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion (using moist gauze pads saturated with a salt solution to abrade the tattooed area) because of its unique ability to selectively treat pigment involved in the tattoo.

In many cases, certain colours may be more effectively removed than others. It is known that blue/black tattoos respond particularly well to laser treatment – the response of other colours is under investigation.

Remember, the information provided here is designed to provide general information only and is not a replacement for a specialist’s advice. For details pertaining to your specific case, please arrange a consultation with an experienced laser tattoo removal specialist.

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