The treatment can be performed more frequently than was possible with previous technology, requires less treatments than the standard laser and the tattoo is often successfully removed in four to six treatments.
Which Types Of Tattoo Can Be Removed?
The laser’s specific wavelength can break down coloured tattoos as well as those inked at different depths. Light tattoos, specifically those that have blue and green ink are more stubborn to remove, while the colour yellow is impossible to remove.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
During the consultation the doctor will recommend a personalised series of treatments, as every tattoo is different. The number of sessions depends on the colour, age of the tattoo and amount of ink used, however, the average number of sessions required to remove a tattoo completely will be between three to four.
After each laser session, the tattoo will fade for a number of weeks. The number of weeks depends on your immune system. It is recommended that you wait eight weeks in between sessions to get the best value from the treatment.
Is Tattoo Removal For Everyone?
At this time, laser tattoo can only be used on skin types I-IV, not V (Black/Afro Caribbean).
Does The Laser Hurt?
Laser tattoo removal is often described as an elastic band snapping on the skin. This new type of laser is designed to minimise discomfort, however, some will still be felt.
Are There Side Effects?
Typically, there are no side effects, however there is a small chance of scarring. You should inform the doctor if you have a tendency to form abnormal scars like keloids. Hyperpigmentation (temporary darkening) is possible due to inflammation, however this should be temporary.
Hypopigmentation (loss of skin colour) is more common in darker skin types.
Following Treatment Sessions
During the treatment the tattoo may turn white, there will be some swelling and redness, and blisters may form. The redness usually only lasts for a few hours, will feel like mild sunburn and typically only hurts when touched. It is important to keep the tattoo covered with ointment and a dressing on the first day following laser treatment.