If you feel it is time to get rid of a tattoo, we now have the solution. Modern lasers are here to erase all that you want to leave in the past. Tattoos fade away leaving no signs at all. The results are highly satisfactory. The degree of difficulty depends on the number of colours and the technique used when the tattoo was made.
Q – Switched YAG laser produces a beam that is absorbed only by the pigment colour of the tattoo. The pigment is broken down in microscopic particles that are eliminated from the patient’s body since they are absorbed by phagocytes in the blood. In other words, the patient’s body is forced to excrete the pigment that is considered a foreign substance to the skin.
The duration of the treatment is usually 15 – 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo.
The patient feels slight hits on the surface of the skin. These are usually painless and no local anaesthetic is required.
The area of the skin with the tattoo becomes slightly swollen after treatment and small crusts may develop. With the use of the appropriate antibiotic ointment, skin irritation quickly subsides and the pigment colour fades away within four weeks.
This depends on the pigment quantity and how deep it was applied. Amateur tattoos usually require two to four sessions with one month interval while professional tattoos may require six to eight sessions or some times more.
In many cases, yes. Blue, black and red tattoos are easier to remove while green tattoos take longer to fade away so more treatments may be required. Yellow pigments are also not responding well to treatment. Some times, tattoo pigment may be applied so deep into the skin that the body is unable to excrete it completely. However, with treatment the tattoo pigment may fade to a significant degree.
The use of this special type of laser greatly reduces – but does not eliminate – the possibility of hypertrophic scars.
No. The patient may resume daily activities straight after treatment.