Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment
How does laser treatment work on tattoos?
Our laser produces a very high power in quick pulses. The light energy produced tends to pass through normally pigmented skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink deep in the dermis laser.
The Pigment is rapidly heated, expands and shatters into tiny particles which are evacuated from the body through normal immune response. As the ink particles are removed, the tattoo begins to fade. Multiple treatments are required.
One treatment isn't going to do it.
You probably realise this by now, but multiple treatments will be required. Unfortunately, the number of sessions isn't something that can be predetermined during your initial consultation.
Space between treatments is a key factor. Applying a laser treatment again too soon can increase the risk of side effects like skin irritation and open wounds. The average time between sessions is four to six weeks, but everybody is different. In some cases, eight weeks is the recommended minimum time to wait between treatments. It can be even longer for patients experiencing textual changes and other side effects.
Professional vs. amateur tattoos.
The success of removal depends largely on the tattoo itself. The colors used and how deep the ink is embedded are two major considerations. Professional tattoos penetrate deeper into the skin at uniform levels, which can make it easier to treat. However, professional tattoos are also more saturated with ink, which is a significant challenge. Amateur tattoos are often applied with an uneven hand, which can make the removal challenging, but overall they are easier to remove.
What to expect after a treatment.
There are a handful of symptoms you might see post-treatment, including blisters, swelling, raising of the tattoo, pinpoint bleeding, redness, and temporary darkening. These are common and usually subside within a couple weeks. As always, consult your doctor with concerns.
The most common side effect is a darkening or lightening of the skin, known as either hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation. This usually corrects itself in 6 to 12 months after treatment. Scars (including keloid scarring) are also a potential risk, as well as infection, burns, and textural changes of the skin.
There's a higher risk of hypo-pigmentation with tattoo removal on darker skin tones.
People with darker skin can remove a tattoo with lasers, 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 doctor should proceed with caution and always do a test spot to minimize risk.
We've learnt that every one of our clients is different, and the consultation will answer any queries so you are fully satisfied with the treatment you will be receiving.
To book a consultation or ask any further questions please call Wynta on 07804 524615