What Is Laser Tattoo Removal?
In recent years, body art or tattoos have become more than a fad. It is a way of expressing emotions through art done via ink on the skin. However, there are many instances when the art that meant something deeply meaningful at one point of time has lost its value over the years. It is at such times that it becomes imperative to remove the tattoo. Using lasers to break up the pigmented colours with a high intensity light beam is an effective and sure shot way of removing tattoos. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest colour to treat. Other colours can only be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment colour.
At your first consultation, a trained professional will evaluate your tattoo and advise you on the process. The number of treatments you will need will depend on the age, size, and colour(s) of the specific tattoo to be removed. The colour of your skin, as well as how deep the tattoo pigment goes, also affects the removal technique.
What To Expect?
To begin your session, you will be given a pair of protective eye shields and a technician will test your skin’s reaction to the laser to determine the most effective energy for the treatment. The technician will then use laser to pass pulses of intense light through the top layers of your skin so that it will be absorbed by the tattoo pigment only. Smaller tattoos will require fewer pulses while larger ones will need more to remove them. It is important for you to note that removing tattoos effectively will take several treatments. The procedure is a bit uncomfortable but most patients don’t need anesthesia. Depending on your location of the tattoo, your technician might apply a local anesthesia before starting with the treatment and after consulting you on your pain threshold.
Immediately following the treatment, you will be asked to use an ice pack to soothe the treated area. An antibiotic cream or ointment and bandage to protect it would also be used.
It is very essential that you cover the area treated with a good sunblock whenever you step out since the skin at that area is extremely sensitive and needs protection from the harmful UV rays.
While the laser treatment for tattoo removal is safe and effective, you need to be aware that the tattoo removal site is at risk of infection and that there is a slight chance that you may have a permanent scar. You might also end up with hypopigmentation, which means the skin that is treated is paler than the skin surrounding it or you may have hyperpigmentation, which leaves the affected skin darker than the rest of your skin. These would then need to be cosmetically covered.
Cosmetic tattoos like lip liner, eyeliner, and eyebrows may actually get darker after treatment. However, they do fade with additional sessions. At Musk Clinic we believe in helping you set realistic goals for yourself and our technicians would only begin the process after having gained a good understanding of your skin so that optimal results can be achieved.
At Musk Clinic, We use state of the art Alma Q. Switch ND: YAG Laser for laser tattoo removal and believe in helping you set realistic goals for yourself. Our technicians would only begin the process after having gained a good understanding of your skin so that optimal results can be achieved. All laser treatments are done under the supervision of treating physicians.