What is laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal is a medical process that employs targeted laser light to break down tattoo pigments. This process typically requires multiple sessions, varying based on factors like tattoo size, colour, and skin type.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser tattoo removal targets the tattoo’s pigments with high-intensity laser light. The laser energy heats up and breaks down the pigments into smaller particles, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream and then gradually removed by the body’s immune system, leading to the fading and eventual elimination of the tattoo.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
Laser tattoo removal is often compared to the feeling of a rubber band snap. Pain tolerance varies, but we can mitigate discomfort using numbing cream or cooling methods.
How many sessions are typically needed to remove a tattoo?
The number of sessions required for tattoo removal varies based on factors such as the tattoo’s size, colour, depth, and the individual’s skin type. On average, several sessions, usually around 6 to 12, are needed to achieve significant fading or complete removal.
Are all tattoo colours equally removable?
No, certain tattoo ink colours respond better to laser removal than others. Dark colours like black and blue tend to be more responsive, while lighter colours like green, red and purple can be more challenging to remove completely. The effectiveness also depends on the type of laser technology used and individual factors like the depth of the ink.
How far apart should sessions be scheduled?
We recommend a minimum of 8-week intervals between sessions. This allows the body enough time to process and eliminate the fragmented pigments from the previous session.
Are there any risks associated with laser tattoo removal?
While laser tattoo removal is generally safe, some risks include potential scarring, skin discolouration, and infection.
Who is a good candidate for laser tattoo removal?
Most people are suitable candidates for laser tattoo removal. However, factors such as skin type and the tattoo’s age can influence the success of the procedure.
Can all tattoos be removed entirely?
While significant fading or complete removal is possible for most tattoos, complete removal may only sometimes be achievable, especially for heavily pigmented tattoos.
How long should I wait after getting a new tattoo before starting laser tattoo removal?
It is recommended to wait at least 12 weeks after getting a new tattoo before beginning the laser tattoo removal process. This interval allows the skin to heal correctly and the tattoo ink to settle. Removal too soon after getting a new tattoo can disrupt the healing process and hinder effective removal.
Can massage help with the tattoo removal process?
Yes, we encourage clients to massage the area for at least 5 minutes a day between sessions. It helps stimulate blood flow, contributing to the faster removal of tattoo ink. This technique can help facilitate the fading process of the tattoo.
Are there any precautions I should take before a laser tattoo removal session?
Yes, several precautions are advised. Avoid tanning before and between sessions to reduce the risk of pigmentation issues. If you’ve tanned between sessions, you might need another patch test on the tattoo. Additionally, refrain from using oil or moisturiser on the treatment day.
How should I care for my skin after a laser tattoo removal session?
After the session, keeping the medical-grade Tegaderm bandage in place for as long as possible is essential to minimise friction and scarring risk. Avoid picking or popping blisters or scabs, as this can lead to scarring or pigmentation problems. Properly cleanse the treated area after 48 hours, pat dry, and apply VASELINE twice daily for one week to protect the skin.
Can I use certain products to aid in the healing process?
Bio-oil can be applied with a light massage once the area has healed. This helps stimulate blood flow, facilitating faster removal of the newly broken ink particles. If you notice any skin discolouration, hydrocortisone 1% cream might be helpful.
What should I do if I have concerns about the healing process or progress?
If you’re concerned about healing or treatment progress, you can send a photo to us at [email protected]. We will assess the situation and provide you with appropriate feedback. Book your consultation at Pulse Light Clinic. We will provide you with expert advice and skin care support.