What is laser tattoo removal?
Here at Laser Beauty Room we are able to offer expert laser tattoo removal in our Leicester clinic within easy reach of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Birmingham.
Laser tattoo removal is a treatment to help fade and remove unwanted tattoos. We are able to remove the following types of tattoos:
- Amateur tattoos – normally formed using single colour Indian ink and sits close to the top layer of skin.
- Professional tattoos – usually multi-coloured tattoos formed using a machine and maple ink
What laser do we use?
Laser Beauty Room use the gold standard Cynosure Medlite C6mTattoo removal laser.
Only a handful of clinics in the country use this laser which is regarded in the industry to be one of the best if not class leading for tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation.
How Do Lasers Remove Tattoos?
Lasers work by producing short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment.
This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body’s immune system.
Researchers have determined which wavelengths of light to use and how to deliver the laser’s output to best remove tattoo ink. (If you’re wondering if the laser might also remove normal skin pigment, don’t worry.
The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin.)
How does the treatment work?
The energy from the laser causes the tattoo particles to heat up and break down into tiny fragments.
Then over a period of 8-12 weeks the body’s scavenger cells ‘mop up’ these fragments causing the tattoo to gradually fade over time.
Amateur tattoos generally respond more quickly to treatment than professional tattoos.
Professional tattoos are more difficult to remove completely as the ink tends to be deeper in the skin. Black, blue and red colours aren’t too difficult to remove, however brighter colours such as green, yellow and purple do not absorb the energy as well and take longer to break down, meaning they may need more treatments.
What are the risks of laser tattoo removal?
- Changes in skin pigment (colour)
- Darkening of the skin (hyper-pigmentation) in the area that has been treated is the most common risk of laser tattoo removal and is more likely to occur in people who tan easily or who have darker skin. Hyper-pigmentation will usually resolve itself in the next 3 – 6 months.
- Whitening of the skin (hypo-pigmentation) can also occur and in most cases this will resolve by itself over a few weeks, but in some rare cases it can be permanent.
- If your tattoo contains iron pigment (usually in cosmetic tattoos) then rarely the treated area can darken immediately after treatment and turn black.
A test treatment will be carried out on your tattoo first so that we can try to predict if this would happen.
Will I have any scarring?
3 in 100 patients develop a scar in the area that has been treated.
To reduce this risk it is important that you do not pick, scratch or aggravate the area as removing a scab or blister can increase your risk of developing a scar.
Not achieving the desired result Unfortunately we are not able to guarantee 100% clearance of the tattoo.
In some cases brighter colours such as green, yellow and purple may not respond at all.What will laser tattoo removal feel like?
Most people feel some pain during the treatment, which they describe as being like ‘a warm elastic band hitting your skin’.
If you are concerned about this you can take paracetamol before your appointment.
Preparing for laser tattoo removal
- At your first tattoo removal consultation a test treatment will be carried out on your skin to check how it reacts.
- Laser tattoo removal cannot be performed if you have a suntan or fake tan and may have to be postponed if you do, so do not use fake tan or get a suntan before the treatment.
- If there is hair in the area that is going to be treated please shave it before you come to the clinic.
- Please purchase Aloe Vera gel (98% or more), Vaseline and sun block (SPF 30 at least) as you will need to use these after your treatment to help your skin heal.
- You can take two 500mg Paracetamol tablets approximately 1 hour before the treatment to relieve discomfort.
During the treatment The treatment will be carried out by a laser aesthetician and takes about 10 – 30 minutes, depending on the size of your tattoo (large tattoos may need to be treated during 2 separate appointments).
Your appointment will last for upto 30 minutes. (duration may vary according to the size of the tattoo being treated)
This is what happens:
- You will be asked to wear a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from the laser.
- The laser will be directed to the area being treated using a hand-held device and applied to the skin.
- When it is safe to do so the aesthetician will ask you to take your goggles off.
- Aloe vera gel is then applied to the treated area to cool and soothe it and a dressing will be applied.
After the treatment
Immediately after your treatment the treated area will be red, slightly elevated and the skin will have a frosted appearance which is due to the release of tiny steam bubbles in your skin; this will disappear quickly.
There may also be some minor bleeding from the area, but this will heal by itself and should not cause any problems.
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