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Tattoo Removal

Decorative tattooing is a form of bodily adornment known in almost all cultures and dating at least 5000 years. Most probably the wish to remove them has also existed as long.The development of pulsed lasers has now enabled removal of most pigment with very low risk of scarring.

The Q Switched ND Yag laser is the most recent development and is particularly efficient in removing blue black and red ink pigments.

Lasers use light energy to remove the tattoo ink. This is done by selectively targeting the ink colours with a specific light wavelength. The light passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink resulting in its destruction. Natural bodily cleansing processes then remove this.

The short high energy pulses of the Q Switched ND Yag laser enable minimum skin damage with optimal disruption of the ink.

Is treatment painful?

The laser emits light energy in short pulses. The sensation of the light impact is similar to a rubber band or mosquito sting. In the large majority of patients no anaesthesia is required.

How many treatments will it take to remove the tattoo?

The average professional tattoo may require 5-8 treatments. Amateur tattoos have considerable variability in ink type density and depth of application. Some may disappear in 4-6 treatments, others may be longer.

In either case rarely up to 12 treatments may be required.

Do all the colours disappear equally well?

No dark blue black and red inks fade well, orange and purple moderately well however green and yellow inks are the most difficult.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?

In many cases, yes greater than 95% tattoo removal is achieved. However it is worth remembering there are about 120 different types of tattoo inks used. Not knowing which ink depth or density of the ink makes prediction difficult. It is often noted in early treatments the fading seems more rapid than later, this is because the target ink becomes less as treatments progress and there is less absorbtion because there is less ink.

Complications are uncommon, but there may be slight bleeding or crusting, temporary redness or swelling. Loss of pigment in the skin which is usually temporary or scarring is uncommon.

For an assessment or further information please contact us.