LASER TREATMENTS FOR TATTOO REMOVAL
With an increase in the number of unregulated and unlicensed tattoo artists, more and more people are turning to laser tattoo removal to help them erase unsightly tattoos, or to remove tattoo mistakes made when they were younger.
Laser tattoo removal is simple, safe, and produces fantastic results. The advanced technology works by allowing the light produced by the laser to pass through the skin and break up the tattoo pigment into tiny particles. The body then filters out these fragments via its immune system. This can take several treatment sessions to ensure success, with minimum 5 week intervals between sessions.
With over a fifth of UK adults now have a tattoo, and with such huge numbers of people getting inked, it’s little surprise that there will be some regrets or mistakes along the way.
Several factors come into play when considering removing a tattoo. Dermabrasion and removal creams can fail to take off the whole tattoo, whilst other methods involving incisions or burning and can cause pain or scarring. The colours used in the tattoo, as well as its age, size and density, can all effect how long it will take, which laser to use, and how effective it will be. It might be that you’re only looking to fade your old tattoo so that it can be covered more easily with a new one?
EXPERT TATTOO REMOVAL SPECIALSTS
What we offer at London Body Centre :
*Safe and effective solution to unwanted tattoos
*Treatments administered by our professional, highly qualified clinical practitioners
*We follow the strictest medical protocols
*Treatments carried out in a regulated, clinical and safe environment
*We use only safe, high grade laser equipment.
What can you expect upon booking with London Body Centre?
Laser tattoo removal is a relatively simple procedure that can produce some astonishing results, depending on that tattoo and the colour of the tattoo. The treatment works very simply: lasers remove tattoos by breaking down the pigment within the tattoo, lightening the skin and minimising the appearance of the tattoo. With repeated treatments, tattoos can vanish completely. Some tattoos are easier to remove
How Does it Work?
During treatment, a precisely targeted wavelength of light is passed over the tattoo. The pigment within the tattoo absorbs the light from the laser, which causes cell damage. This cell damage breaks the tattoo down into fragments, and over the weeks following the treatment, these fragments are disposed of via the immune system.
What Happens During Treatment ?
Before Laser Removal Treatment
Before treatment, your tattoo will be analysed to see how effective treatment would be. Black tattoos are the easiest to remove as the pigment within them is easily broken down. Tattoos with red in them are usually more difficult and different wavelengths of light will need to be used. If the ink in the tattoo has been put into skin too deeply, treatment might be slightly more difficult.
During Tattoo Removal Treatment
Skin will be cleansed and a local anaesthetic cream may be applied. You’ll be given goggles to wear. The practitioner will then pass the laser over the surface of the tattoo. Treatment can vary depending on the size of the tattoo. After treatment, patients are advised to take care of the skin, using a high factor SPF whilst the skin is still sensitive as well as a tissue repair cream. Patients will experience a mild pricking sensation during treatment, but we can use local anaesthetic creams to minimise discomfort. Over the counter pain medication will minimise any pain following treatment.
How Many Treatments Needed?
The number of treatments that you need differs, depending on the colour of the tattoo and how large it is. Generally, you’ll need treatments every four to eight weeks. A course of six to ten treatments is usually enough to erase the tattoo, although you might need fewer treatments or more treatments.
Facts You Need to Know
There are two types of laser tattoo removal:
A ‘passive’ laser and an ‘active’ laser tattoo removal system. A ‘passive’ laser treatment is much cheaper than ‘active’ one, so don’t be fooled always ask the question.
What colors can’t be removed by laser tattoo removal?
Laser treatment using a passive laser can’t remove the tattoo completely and will only partially fade it, while for Active Q-Switched laser one, Fluorescent colors, like yellow, purple, green and light blue, are nearly impossible to remove.
What kind of people is not suitable for laser treatment?
It’s not appropriate for people susceptible to to scarring problems e.g. keloid scarring.
How many sessions will I undergo? How long will the whole process last?
People should prepare to undergo 5 to 12 laser treatment sessions, in most cases. People will need to wait a month between treatments, so the process is going to last 6-12 months. If people have multiple and complex colors in their tattoo, the process can be longer.
Does it cause allergic reactions? Do I need any safeguard?
Laser removal leaves little to no scarring, compared with older treatments, but because people should care for the skin like a burn, applying antibiotic ointment and keeping the skin bandaged, it may cause allergic reactions in some people. In some cases, the skin around the tattooed area can become discoloured or infected, and it is important to shield this vulnerable skin with sunscreen.
The side effects that you should consider about laser tattoo removal:
The skin around the tattoo will be red and inflamed after every laser session, much like a bad sun burn, which has become the most common side effect that people experience. Keeping the skin clean, dry, and protected is usually all that is needed, and this clears up in a few days. Sometimes, the skin will blister or crust over and in this case, protecting the skin is particularly important because the risk of infection gets higher. The most serious side effects from laser tattoo removal are changes in the color of the skin. In particular hypopigmentation, where the skin becomes lighter than the surrounding skin, is a potential side effect, especially in people with darker skin tones. Hypopigmentation from the laser can take months to years to resolve and, in occasional cases, it can be permanent. You will definitely want to discuss the risk of hypopigmentation with your dermatologist before making a determination.
As with any medical treatment, do not base your decision solely on cost. A low price for ineffective tattoo removal isn’t really a great deal. Nor is paying for outdated technology that takes many, many more treatments than the newest state-of the-art technology. We offer competitive prices while maintaining the highest standards in safety, efficacy, cleanliness and results.
Tattoo Removal FAQ
The procedure can cause a stinging sensation but most people do not experience high level of discomfort during the procedure. Local anaesthetic cream can be used (prior to treatment) and/or pain relief, such as paracetamol. You may experience a lightening or darkening of the affected skin, though in most cases this returns to normal after six months. Redness in the area is common after the procedure, but subsides quickly. The skin will be sensitive after your treatment so we recommend a laser removal aftercare product which we can provide you with.
We advise that 6-10 treatments is often enough to remove the tattoo depending on the colour and depth of the tattoo ink.To allow the skin to recover you must wait around 4-5 weeks between treatments.
Tattoo fading is something we are able to offer, this is becoming increasingly popular with clients who have changed their mind about their tattoo design.A tattoo can be faded adequately to re-cover after a couple of sessions, but may vary depending on what kind of design you are looking for in your new tattoo. This can be discussed with any one of our talented tattoo artists at the studio.
Laser tattoo removal may not be suitable if you are a darker skin type; this is due to the potential of the area leaving a ‘ghosting’ effect called HYPOPIGMENTATION. This is where the skin is lighter than the surrounding area. Our technician will assess suitability and explain in detail during your consultation.
There are a number of other methods of tattoo removal available on the market, but they are not recommended as some may cause scarring and have a higher risks of infection. These include:
Tattoo removal creams – these work by dissolving the tattoo using chemicals such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, alpha arbutin and TCA. They cannot completely remove a tattoo, but may reduce its appearance in some cases.
Dermabrasion tattoo removal – this involves using an abrasive device to blast the surface of the skin in order to break down the tattoo and remove the top layers of skin. A local anaesthetic is usually administered as this is a painful method of removal.
Salabrasion – this works in a similar way to dermabrasion but involves applying water and salt in addition to an abrasive device in order to lift and remove layers of skin.
Acid tattoo removal – some people are now using acids, similar to those used in chemical skin peels, to burn away layers of the skin in order to get rid of their tattoos. Many health professionals strongly advise against this method.
Brief Overview Of Your Treatment
Depending on the size and placement of the tattoo, on average treatments take between 5 and 60 minutes.
4-7 days, after treatment redness and scabbing may occur.
DURATION OF RESULTS
Permanent after course of recommended treatments is completed.
Unwanted tattoo removed.
Laser tattoo removal contraindications
As with any cosmetic procedure, safety is important. We cannot conduct a tattoo removal under certain circumstances. These will be discussed in detail when we take your medical history at your consultation.
If you have:
active infections,inflamed skin,immune system disorder,Type 1 diabetes,bleeding disorders,thrombocytopenia,vascular disease,anaemia,Rheumatoid arthritis,chronic disease,renal failure,malignancy,multiple sclerosis,epilepsy,collagen vascular diseases,a pacemaker,metal pins or plates under tissue to be treated.
If you are:
pregnant,breast feeding,tanned in area of tattoo,a user of St John's Wort,wearing foreign substances in the area.
In the last 6 months:
chemotherapy,Accutane,Tretinoin-Retin A,treatment for any dermatological condition
In the last 4 to 6 weeks: