Can all tattoos be completely removed by the Laser?
Some tattoos consist of a large amount of deeply penetrated ink which is unable to be reached by the laser beam. Therefore not all tattoos may be removed by the laser.
Scarring can occur in association with laser tattoo removal, however this is extremely rare. A change in the skin pigment can also occur.
Hyperpigmentation (increased pigment) is transient but
Hypopigmentation(decreased pigment) can be permanent.
What other things do I need to know Post-treatment?
Each person responds to treatment differently and in some cases blisters may also appear. Post-treatment it is important to keep the area clean by bathing area when washing and patting not rubbing dry. It is also important to not cause trauma to the treated area until any blistering or redness has subsided. In other words the post-treatment is similar to post tattoo. Keep clean, pat dry, avoid sun and chlorine pools and apply antibiotic cream if recommended, please contact us immediately if you have any concerns at all post-treatment and we will recommend the appropriate action.
Does the Laser treatment leave scarring?
Scarring occurs in less than 1% of cases. Sometimes there may be scars that are not evident from the application of the original tattoo or previously tried tattoo removal methods. Generally the lasers do not break the skin, so provided the after care is followed accordingly you should not have any additional scarring.
How many treatments are required?
Several treatments are usually required for removal of the tattoo. Intervals of 4-6 weeks between visits are recommended as this time is needed for the body to remove the ink. Once a number of treatments have been performed on the same area a longer period of time between sessions may be recommended. For tattoo modification the amount of sessions is reduced. The tattoo needs only to be lightened or changed to suit the cover-up as planned. Each individual modification needs to be assessed and the laser operator will advise on how many sessions is are required. Again it will also depend on factors such as density of ink and technique of application.
Is the Laser dangerous?
The laser penetrates skin to a maximum depth of about 1-2 millimeter, so cannot affect deeper tissues or internal organs with the exception of the eye, which can be readily injured. Special eye shields or goggles are used when the laser is in operation.
Does Laser work the same for everyone?
The color of the skin is also important. Darkly pigmented, suntanned or artificially tanned skin is less suitable for laser therapy, as the laser light cannot pass through the layer of pigment to reach the cells containing the tattoo ink.
What kind of tattoos can be removed with our lasers?
Both amateur and professional tattoos can be removed with our lasers. The difference is that professional tattoos require more treatments as they have a higher concentration of ink, which is deeper into the skin.
What does Laser treatment involve?
The laser traces over the tattoo causing the sensation of hot pricks or being flicked by a rubber band. This discomfort is minimal and usually well tolerated. The treated area is cooled before, during and after with cold air. Immediately post treatment the tattoo may appear red and swollen or there may be a whitening of the area.