What to expect from my laser tattoo removal treatment?
After your Chi skin therapist conducts a comprehensive consultation to determine the number of treatments needed to achieve the desired results they will begin the treatment. You will be required to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from the laser beam. Pulses of energy are directed at the tattoo by the laser to break up the ink. This may be uncomfortable and a little more intense than the original tattooing. As the treatment is conducted the you will notice that the ink starts to ‘blanch’ (whiten) and the tattoo seems to “disappear” before your eyes. The ‘blanching’ disappears slowly over a few hours as the tattoo colour begins to reappear. This is a normal reaction. The skin in the area of treatment will become a little inflamed and swollen as part of the treatment reaction, but this will slowly settle over the next few days.
Post treatment you will be recommended to use a collioal silver anti -microbal spray to minimise any chance of infection and assist healing. You will notice that the over the following period of six weeks the tattoo will begin to ‘break up “ as your body removes as much of the pigment as possible. It may take several treatments for the tattoo to begin to fade. Amateur and black tattoos generally require 6 to 8 treatments whereas professional and colourful tattoos, which have more pigment, usually need approximately 10 to 12 treatments. Some tattoos which are extremely dense, with a lot of tattoo pigment, may require many treatments. The costs per treatment depends on the size of the tattoo.
What is laser tattoo removal?
Your tattoo probably seemed like a great idea at the time, but maybe you’ve started to rethink your decision. That’s okay; tattoos are not as “permanent” as they once were. Previously, people who wanted to remove tattoos had to undergo treatments with CO2 or argon lasers, which often left visible scars. Tattoo removal by surgery also leaves scarring that most people find aesthetically unacceptable.
Fortunately, there’s a new technique that can remove tattoos without scarring. The medical-grade Q-switched solid-state laser offers a safe and effective way to remove tattoos using the body’s natural defence mechanism to cause the tattoo pigment to fade away.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Most tattoo inks are made of compounds from heavy metals. These metals give tattoos their permanency – but they have also been known to cause reactions such as eczema or scarring. As soon as the tattoo needle deposits ink into the skin, the immune system goes to work dispatching white blood cells to engulf the foreign intruder. The white blood cells then attempt to carry small ink particles off to the liver, where they can be processed and excreted.
The problem is that most of the ink particles are much larger than the white blood cells. This means that the white blood cells are unable to carry these large ink particles to the liver for excretion. Because the white blood cells can carry away the small ink particles but not the large ones, tattoos do tend to fade over time but will not disappear completely.
That’s where laser tattoo removal comes in. Tattoo removal lasers use extreme heat and speed to break up the ink particles into smaller pieces. The ink particle is heated so quickly that only one side of it expands; this rips the ink particle apart into smaller chunks that the white blood cells can handle. Usually, several treatments are needed to completely remove a tattoo.