LASER TATTOO REMOVAL

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LASER TATTOO REMOVAL

Tattoos are placed by injecting ink particles (ranging in size from 20–400 nm) into the dermis. During the tattooing process, the epidermis and upper papillary dermis are homogenized, and ink particles are distributed extracellularly and intracellularly. After 2–3 months, the skin layers reestablish, and the ink remains concentrated within fibroblasts beneath a layer of scar tissue in the dermis. Tattoo inks are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and most patients do not know the constituents of their tattoos. There are many different types of tattoos. Decorative tattoos are the most common. They are categorized as either amateur or professional, based on their method of placement.

 
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TATTOO CATEGORIES

• Amateur decorative tattoos are typically tapped by hand into the skin using a wire or needle resulting in a low density of ink particles that are located superficially in the skin. These are usually black in color and composed of carbon-based inks such as pen ink or burnt wood.

• Professional decorative tattoos are placed with a “tattoo gun.” These devices have a single needle or group of needles that rapidly oscillate in and out of the skin. Professional tattoos usually contain organic dyes mixed with heavy metals to give vibrant colors. For example, red is often made from mercury, yellow from cadmium, green from chromium, and blue from cobalt.

• Cosmetic tattoos are commonly referred to as “permanent makeup.” They are typically applied to eyelash margins, eyebrows, and lips to simulate makeup, and are usually combinations of colors containing pink and flesh tone inks that may be mixed with white. Flesh tones often contain iron oxide, and white commonly contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

• Traumatic tattoos result from deposition of pigment in the skin by abrasion. Common causes include trauma from gravel referred to as “road rash,” pencil graphite, or by explosive forces as with shrapnel and fireworks. These materials become lodged in the dermis after reepithelialization of the wound and result in blue/black tattoos.

• Medical tattoos are placed as markers for radiation therapy. These are usually black, carbon-based inks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does TATTOO removal hurt?
Pain is subjective, as what one person finds painful another may not. During tattoo removal a client can expect to feel a level of discomfort however pain is an individual experience. We offer anaesthetic creams. These must however be applied at least 45  prior to your scheduled treatment.

Can I only have part of my tattoo removed? 
Yes! With precision our laser and experienced specialist can target as much or as little of your tattoo as you would like. Our smallest hand piece can target 2mm, so you have the option of removing the most intricate details surrounding or within your current tattoo.

How many treatments will I need? 
It depends on the size, complexity and depths of the ink, as well as several other factors. Generally we recommend
4-6  treatments to fade a tattoo and 6-12 treatments for a complete removal. All treatments are spaced approximately 4  to 6 weeks apart to allow enough time for the skin to heal and eliminate as much of the ink as possible through the body’s lymphatic system.

What can I expect after a treatment?
After the procedure, the area treated may be red or swollen (similar to a mild sunburn) and there may be some bruising, blistering or scabbing for around 3-5 days. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area post-treatment to assist with healing.

What do I need to do after my treatment?
After your appointment, you should keep your dressing on until you next shower (and no longer than 24 hours). The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of an antibacterial ointment over the next week while the skin heals. You should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun, as this may effect healing.

Why do I need to wait 4-6 weeks between treatments?
The longer you wait between treatments, the better, really. AS ink particles are flushed naturally through the body’s lymphatic system, treating a tattoo earlier than the advised time does not speed-up the process of laser tattoo removal. In addition to this, you are more at risk of scarring if you repeatedly have laser treatments while your skin’s surface is still healing.

Why do I need to wait 4-6 weeks between treatments?
The longer you wait between treatments, the better, really. AS ink particles are flushed naturally through the body’s lymphatic system, treating a tattoo earlier than the advised time does not speed-up the process of laser tattoo removal. In addition to this, you are more at risk of scarring if you repeatedly have laser treatments while your skin’s surface is still healing.

How long does a laser treatment take?
Treatments are super quick! With our Q-Switch laser firing 10 pulses per second, most treatments last anywhere between a seconds for a small tattoo and only a few minutes for a large tattoo. Over in a flash!

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