Laser Tattoo Removal

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It’s not an uncommon scenario where one person gets a tattoo with a great interest and enthusiasm and after sometime wants to get rid of it. The reasons could be a required condition for a particular job, dislike for the design of tattoo or other personal reasons. There was a time when tattoo removal was painful and not so effective. However, now tattoo removal has been revolutionized by lasers. Lasers have not only made tattoo removal less painful but have made possible to remove even the professional tattoos which have become so intricate and multicolored these days.

Q. How does laser tattoo removal work?

Lasers are color sensitive therefore a multicolored tattoo might require multiple types of lasers to remove the pigment. All the lasers used are of the q switched mode which breaks the tattoo pigment into very fine, sparing your normal skin, and small fragments which are drained and removed by the lymphatic system and excreted out of the body.

Q. How many sessions will it take to remove my tattoo?

Most professional tattoos take 5-10 sessions while home-made tattoos require 4-6 sessions. Sessions are usually spaced at intervals of 4-8 weeks. The number of treatments depends on a variety of parameters like the ink used, its location, age, etc. After each session, the tattoo keeps fading.

Q. Is the treatment painful?

Minor discomfort may be experienced but that is limited to a mild stinging effect. At SKinhealers, we use a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area to be treated to make you feel more relaxed. Tattoo removal is not designed to hurt you and we take extra care to make sure you feel relaxed.

Q. Will there be any scarring?

The chance of scarring is minimal with the advanced Q-Switched lasers. People report of either hypo-pigmentation (loss of pigment) or hyperpigmentation (excess pigment). This depends on the skin type and different skin types respond differently. But this fades over time, with the original skin tone returning gradually.

Q. Does it remove any type of tattoo?

Laser treatment effectively removes almost all tattoos. Currently, over 100 types of tattoo inks are used with none of them regulated. The results vary depending on the variations in tattoo sizes and the concentration of colors used. Black ink is effectively removed while red, dark blue, pink, and warmer colors respond well. Results with some dyes like white, yellow, orange and green, fluorescent or acrylic dyes are variable.

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