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Laser Tattoo removal is a procedure in which a beam of light at a specific wavelength is applied to the skin and is absorbed by coloured pigments in the skin, including melanin and tattoo pigments. Laser is specially designed for tattoo removal bypass the epidermis (the top layer of skin), applying a powerful blast of energy to the tattoo pigment particle, effectively “blowing them up” and releasing the pigment. The body then absorbs taking six weeks absorbing & clearing released pigments.
PRE LASER TREATMENT
Pre-treatment care is essential before getting a tattoo removed. Clients need to avoid sun exposure for few weeks. Sunlight increases the risk of hypo-pigmentation (skin discoloration). To reduce the pain a topical anaesthesia is prescribed.
DURING LASER TREATMENT
This procedure may cause snapping or stinging sensation. The Laser hand piece is applied to the skin to deliver the laser light. Protect glasses are worn to protect the patient’s eyes from the light. The distance between pistol head and the skin is 3 to 4 fingers long. Different wavelength of laser is used as per black / brown / coffee pigmentation. Higher power laser is used with multiple wavelengths have the capability to target deeper pigment & multiple colours.
AFTER LASER TREATMENT
Following aftercare guidelines is fundamental during the laser tattoo removal process. A proper dressing is done to the removed tattoo area before you leave. This dressing should be removed once home. Apply antibiotic ointment and a band aid to the treated area for one to two weeks as prescribed by Inksanity. Keep the area away from water for a 48 hour. Blistering and swelling is normal over the tattoo, which will go away within 7-10 days. Do not pick any scabbing to the area as this will damage the skin. Once the area is healed, we recommend massaging bio oil into the skin twice daily until your next appointment. The treated area should not be directly exposed to sunlight or sun beds for 7-14 days.
Number of Sittings
Minimum 5-6 sittings required.
DURATION OF EACH TREATMENT
The length of this treatment varies depending on the size of the area being treated. A few age spots may be can be removed in a few minutes. A large tattoo may require 30 minutes or longer. But the large sizes need to be treated by steps. Interval between 2 sessions will be 21 days to 30 days as per skin reaction.
10 Things you should know before doing a Laser Tattoo Removal.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably in the tattoo regret phase, and we feel your pain!
Before you make moves to get that unloved tattoo removed, go through the list we have created to help you understand the process.
1. Set your expectations.
Before going in, know this: No tattoo removal is guaranteed. Set your expectations by speaking with a laser treatment expert — or three. Some tattoos fade only partially after several treatments and may leave a ghost image of your tattoo, as well as permanent raised scarring.
2. One treatment isn’t going to do it.
You probably already realize this by now, but multiple treatments will be required and unfortunately, the number of sessions isn’t something that can be predetermined during your initial consultation. Be cautious of your technician giving you a standard 6-to-10-treatments answer, as on average, the number of treatments actually needed is often much higher. In addition, intervals between treatments are also a key factor. We know you want to remove that unwanted ink as quickly as possible, but treating again too soon can increase the risk of side effects like skin irritation and open wounds. The average time between sessions is 4 to 6 weeks, but of course, everybody is different. In some cases, 8 weeks is the recommended minimum time to go between treatments or longer for patients experiencing textual changes and other side effects.
3. Location of your Tattoo.
In most cases location does matter. Fading is generally slower for tattoos located further down the arms or legs as they are further from the heart. The closer the tattoo is to the heart the better circulation, therefore better results.
4. Professional vs. Amateur Tattoos.
As with removal in general it depends on many factors. Professional applied tattoos penetrate deeper into the skin at uniform levels which can make it easier to treat, but not always, as the ink is usually denser. Amateur tattoos are often applied with an uneven hand which can make the removal challenging but overall they are easier to remove.
5. Educate yourself on the different types of lasers.
No single laser can remove all tattoo colours, different laser wavelengths treat different colours and sometimes you may need multiple lasers to remove the pigment.
6. What to expect after a treatment.
There are a handful of symptoms you might see post-treatment.
Among them are blisters, swelling, and rising of the tattoo, pinpoint bleeding, redness, or temporary darkening. Not to worry, though. These are common and usually subside within one to two weeks.
7. Be aware of the potential side effects.
The most common side effect is hyper- (darkening) or hypo-pigmentation (lightening) of the skin. This usually corrects itself anywhere from 6 to 12 months later. Scars (including keloid scarring) are also a potential risk, as well as infection, burns, and textural changes of the skin.
8. The darkening effect is real.
Some of the ink used in cosmetic tattoos, including colours containing white ink, may darken (oxidize) immediately after treatment because of the presence of titanium dioxide. This can usually be corrected with further treatments.
9. There’s a higher risk of hypo pigmentation with tattoo removal on darker skin tones.
People with darker skin can remove a tattoo with laser; however there is a higher risk of hypo pigmentation because the laser may remove pigment from your skin along with pigment from your tattoo. Your technician should proceed with caution and do a test spot to minimize any risk.
10. Ask questions and ask for photos.
Laser tattoo removal is generally safe when performed by a qualified technician.
Each person’s health, skin, and tattoos are different, so it’s important to ask lots of questions!
During your consultation, don’t be afraid to ask about all the potential side effects and risks based on your own situation. On top of that, you should always ask to see before and after pictures from other clients with similar skin type and tattoos. All of this will help you set realistic expectations of your treatment.