Tattoos appear under a microscope as tiny granules of colour (pigment). These granules are located in a skin cell known as a macrophage. Macrophages normally remove foreign objects (for example, bacteria) from the body. The pigment in the tattoo ‘freezes’ the macrophage cell so that it can’t do its job. As a result, the pigment remains in the skin and the tattoo becomes permanent.
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There is good news for those who have an unwanted tattoo. Newer Q-switched laser tattoo removal techniques can eliminate your tattoo with minimal side effects. It is the only clinically-proven method of removing a tattoo without causing scarring. For more than a decade, Q-switched lasers have been designed to create ultra-short pulses of light energy that shatter ink in a tattoo. The production of ultra-short (nanosecond) pulses of the precise wavelengths of light energy best designed to shatter tattoo ink is the guarantee technology. No other manufacturer has made the same commitment to this precise field of lasers, and practitioners worldwide demand the power and reliability of Q-switched lasers.
The Q-Switched Laser:
The Q-Switched Laser has become the gold standard treatment for across all colours of tattoo removal. By creating a very short high energy pulse, the tattoo ink is thermo-acoustically broken up into minute particles that the body can readily absorb. As the laser attacks the tattoo, a light grey “frosting” appears on the tattoo, a signal that the appropriate energy was applied and the removal process will begin.
How does the laser remove the tattoo?
During a tattoo removal procedure, laser light, with a very specific wavelength of light energy, is applied to the tattooed area of the skin. The energy selectively penetrates the skin and targets the tattoo ink particles, leaving the surrounding skin tissue and chromophores unharmed. The tattoo ink particles absorb the laser energy, heat up, and shatter into smaller ink particles.
In the days and weeks following a laser treatment, the body’s immune system flushes away the shattered ink particles, causing the tattoo to fade. Over a series of treatments, more and more of the ink shatters, leaving the skin free of ink.
How many laser treatments are needed to remove a tattoo?
Laser tattoo removal requires several sessions. On average, professional tattoos need 6 to 15 treatment spaced approximately four to eight weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the size of the tattoo, the amount and type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin. The location of the tattoo will also affect the clearance rate.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
After the first treatments, you’ll notice a temporary whitening of the treated area. Over time, the tattoo will fade and the skin returns to normal color. Lasers will generally eliminate about 95% of the tattoo.
What does a treatment involve?
Specialised laser safety glasses are worn to protect the eyes from the laser beam. The treatment is very quick and can usually be done easily within a 15 minute appointment, including all pre and post care. Cosmetic tattoo eyeliner removal is done using sterilised metal eye shields, that sit on the eyeball much like a metal contact lens.
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
The concentrated light beam can be felt on the skin’s surface and varies in sensation. Removing a black tattoo is generally quite a painful procedure, so local anaesthetic can be used if necessary. Other coloured inks are not as painful. The procedure is extremely quick fortunately, so the pain, whilst intense, is very brief! The skin is cooled first with ice or cold air. Topical anesthetic creams can also be used.
What type of post-treatment care is necessary?
An ointment and dressing will be applied immediately after treatment and the area must be kept clean. Follow the post treatment instructions provided to you. You can take a shower the next day, although the treated area should never be scrubbed. If a scab forms it is important that you do not pick or scratch it.
Scarring with the Q-switched is uncommon in comparison with other forms of tattoo removal but, as with other laser systems, loss of pigmentation in the treated skin can occasionally occur. This change is usually temporary and gradually resolves with time. We recommend you avoid the sun after the treatment and use sunblock when exposed to UV light.