Laser Treatments for Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is simple, safe, and produces fantastic results. The state of the art technology works by allowing the light produced by the laser to pass through the skin and break up the tattoo ink into small particles. The body then disposes of these fragments via its immune system. It usually takes 6-8 treatments to ensure success, with minimum 6 week intervals between sessions.
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There are several factors you need to consider before removing a tattoo. Dermabrasion and removal creams won’t be effective enough to take off the whole tattoo, while other methods involving incisions or burning can cause extreme pain and scarring.
The colours used in the tattoo, as well as its size and density, where it is located, how close to the heart, your immune system, color of your skin can all affect the suitability of a laser removal treatment, how long it will take, which laser to use, and how effective it will be.
It might be that you’re only looking to fade your tattoo so you can have a different design? Or you would like to get rid of it all together, It is essential to discuss these elements with a trained professional, who can ensure your tattoo is removed in the safest and most effective way for you.
MYTH’s About Tattoo Removal
MYTH 1: IF YOUR TATTOO IS NEW, IT WILL BE REMOVED EASILY
The ink particles of the tattoo will have been injected deep into the dermis (the second layer of skin). In order to reverse this process effectively, the pigment within the skin needs to be broken down using targeted lasers. Don’t think that if you changed your mind shortly after getting your tattoo it can be easily removed.
MYTH 2: YOU DON’T NEED LASERS – YOU CAN COMPLETELY REMOVE YOUR TATTOO USING A SPECIAL CREAM
For some people creams can reduce the visibility of a tattoo. But in most cases the tattoo only fades slightly as the cream can’t access the dermis – the deep layer of skin where the ink is. Tattoo removal creams can also cause burning, swelling, itching, scabbing, discolouration, infection and permanent scarring, and, as they are often used without the advice of a medical practitioner, they are not necessarily the safest option. sk:n’s practitioners will take the time to assess your tattoo and decide on the best treatment course to achieve the results you want.
MYTH 3: LASER TATTOO REMOVAL IS PAIN FREE
Unfortunately, no method of tattoo removal is completely pain free. Laser tattoo removal has been likened by some of our clients to the feeling of having a rubber band snapped against the skin. Others describe it as a rapid succession of sharp pin pricks, or a warm, prickly sensation. Your skin will also need 6 – 12 weeks to recover between treatments. But most importantly, laser therapy at skin is administered by trained experts, in a clinical environment, minimising the chance of complications and infection.