Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser directs an intense beam of light at the tattooed skin in short bursts. These pulses of laser light pass through the top layers of the skin to reach the ink of the tattoo, which absorbs the laser. This breaks the ink up into tiny particles. The body then can eliminate the dispersed ink naturally by the immune system, much in the same way it eliminates toxins and excess fluids. Therefore, age and overall health play a role in the laser tattoo removal process.

The type of tattoo, size, colour of ink, and its depth will all influence how many sessions of laser tattoo removal are required. For example, darker colours like black, red and blue will require less sessions than lighter colours like yellow and green. These factors may also influence how long the body takes to naturally rid of the fractured ink particles. Although you may not notice an immediate reduction in the appearance of the tattoo, it will gradually fade over the course of a few weeks with the body’s help. However, several sessions are most likely required to achieve desired results. During your consultation, the patient consultant will be able to give you a better estimate, but as a general guideline, expect to book anywhere from 4-15 sessions spaced several weeks apart.

Currently, laser tattoo removal is considered the safest and quickest treatment available in the field of cosmetic surgery. The method is much unlike other treatments that often required surgically removing the tattooed skin through abrasive means. Laser tattoo removal also results in the least amount of scarring, if any.

Laser tattoo removal can remove any colour or type of tattoo, whether it was done by a professional or amateur, or was the result of trauma or surgery. The unwanted tattoo is targeted by the device which emits a beam of intense light at a specific wavelength. This breaks down the ink into manageable particles that are then eliminated naturally by the body’s filtration system. Only the dye is targeted by the laser – not the skin. As a result, there is very little risk of scarring or damage. In fact, the laser is so safe and effective that even pigmented lesions can be treated!

Over the course of a short series of sessions, the targeted tattoo will gradually fade then disappear. A rainbow of colours can be targeted. Though the Laser works best on darker colours such as black and blue, lighter colours such as green and yellow can also be targeted effectively. However, more sessions may be required.

The Procedure

The laser will direct short bursts of light at the unwanted tattoo. Each pulse may create a sensation that is similar to a quick snap from a rubber band. Though the procedure is relatively painless and does not require anesthesia, a topical anesthesia may be applied at the onset of the session to reduce discomfort. Most who have undergone the procedure believe that getting a tattoo is actually more painful than getting rid of it with the laser.

The length of the procedure varies depending on size, colour, and depth of the ink. Recovery from a session is fairly quick. The treated area will be dressed with antibacterial ointment immediately following the procedure and the area should be kept clean to reduce the risk of infection. Pinpoint bleeding in the treated area may occasionally occur. Any scabs that form should not be picked or scratched.