How do tattoo removal lasers work?

These pigment specific tattoo removal lasers fade or remove tattoo ink with the energy of light. The laser removes the ink by using a specific colour of light that passes through normal skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink without damaging surrounding tissue. Rapid absorption of laser light energy causes the tattoo pigment to break into smaller granules so it can be removed by the body’s natural filtering systems.

An important note about tattoo removal

There is no safe method of removing a tattoo in one treatment. All single treatment methods such as infrared coagulation, surgical excision, dermabrasion and acid de-tattooing will damage the skin and leave a scar.

What does laser tattoo removal feel like?

The laser light pulses produced by the tattoo removal lasers feel similar to being flicked by a rubber band. Most people do not require anaesthesia, but topical anesthetic is available for those who find laser tattoo removal treatment uncomfortable.

How many treatments will I need to remove my tattoo?

The number of laser tattoo removal treatments will depend on the amount, colour and type of tattoo ink, the depth of tattoo ink into the skin and the method of tattoo application. Tattoo removal treatments are conducted at six to eight weekly intervals.

Will the tattoo disappear completely?

In many cases, greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be achieved with laser tattoo removal treatment. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible to predict the extent of laser removal treatment in any individual tattoo.

Does laser tattoo removal leave a scar?

The vast majority of patients treated by laser tattoo removal have not developed any scarring. It is, however, impossible to guarantee that no scarring will occur given the enormous differences between individuals. Some people may experience minor textural change on areas treated by tattoo removal lasers. If you have any evidence that your healing capacity makes you especially prone to bad scarring, please bring this to our attention so a test laser treatment can be carried out on your tattoo.

What happens after laser tattoo removal treatment?

There may be some pinpoint bleeding with scab or rarely blister formation. An antibiotic dressing must be applied daily until the area is healed. You may bathe normally but we do suggest you minimize vigorous activity for a few days to optimize healing after your laser tattoo removal treatment.

Once you have decided on laser tattoo removal treatment, remember the most important things about our clinic – the expertise of the laser operators and our “state of the art” laser tattoo removal equipment. You may be aware that many “laser” and “IPL” centres are offering tattoo removal, amongst other treatments. Unfortunately, no matter how good the equipment, it will only be as good as its operator. Scarring and changes to skin pigment can result from improperly applied light treatments for tattoo removal treatments.


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