How it Works
How it works
There are other methods of tattoo removal such as dermabrasion and cryosurgery, but laser removal is widely regarded as being the most effective method to remove tattoos. A laser injects the skin with intense light, which penetrates the skin to break up the ink particles. The body’s immune system will then remove these pigments over time.
The laser energy is harmless, and only targets the pigmented skin, leaving the un-inked surrounding skin unharmed. Similar to laser treatment, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) uses bursts of light as opposed to the concentrated light of a laser to achieve the same effect.
Multiple sessions are needed to break down the tattoo, the number of which depends on the size and scope of the affected area. As the body needs to remove the fragmented pigment (using scavenger cells), treatments are normally scheduled at least six weeks apart.
At Tattoo Removal Manchester the removal of your tattoo is carried outusing the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.
Q-switching refers to the process of producing short laser pulses very quickly (some as fast as a nanosecond). This type of laser has developed over the past few decades to produce a high-quality removal that leaves behind little scarring.
The Q-switched Nd:YAG produces both green and red light, making it effective in treating dark tattoo pigment as well as colours such as red, yellow and orange found in newer tattoos.
What are the Side Effects?
New technology and lasers are reducing the side effects of tattoo removal. That said, the risks haven’t been eliminated completely.
The biggest danger is a risk of infection and scarring. This risk can be reduced by keeping the area dry, clean and covered. There is also a risk for changes in pigment to the skin, making it appear noticeably lighter or darker than the surrounding areas. Your laser removal technician will go over your medical history before beginning the procedure, as there can be increased risks if you have certain auto immune diseases, acne, diabetes or other skin conditions
How Effective is it?
Laser removal is an effective way to remove tattoos, although some will react to the treatment better than others.
Black and dark blue inks respond best to lasers as they absorb all the wavelengths, compared to other colours that absorb only selected light from the laser. Factors such as how long you’ve had the tattoo can also make a difference in the healing process. The tattoo application can have an impact too; if the tattoo was applied correctly, an even amount of ink will be distributed in the same level of skin, making it easier to remove evenly. If not, the removal can appear blotchy and uneven, taking the ink out the same way it went in. The FDA classifies tattoo inks as ‘colour additives’, listing over 100 that are available for use. As a removal technician is unlikely to be able to discern which of these inks were used, this can also have an impact on the level of removal.Advantages of laser removal
The laser beam is very narrow and easy to target only exposure lesions. It doesn’t hurt or injure the surrounding systems: at the same time laser has the effect of “hot welding” to the vessel. It can close the vessel. Therefore it will be less likely to bleed.
It has less pain
On the one hand because of the thermal coagulation, the nerve ending is damaged and reduces the feeling of pain. On the other hand the treatment area is small and the treatment time is short. Therefore, patients feel less pain. This treatment doesn’t need anesthesia, although some patients may prefer to apply a topical anaesthetic or numbing cream to the skin surface before any treatment.
The quality of surgery is high
Because there is minimal bleeding during treatment, it leaves a clear view to remove target. Of course it also needs the quality assurance and responsibility of the operator.
The time of surgery is short
The energy of laser is large and centralized. Completing the point of the treatment only needs a few nanoseconds and a few milliseconds.
As following the advanced “the principle of selective absorption” to finish laser beauty, it won’t cause normal tissue irreversible damage, so there is no scar.
As the laser treatment to the lesions is complete, the injury to the surrounding normal tissue is minimal. Therefore, the rate of the recrudescence is much smaller than traditional therapy.Aftercare
- Cold compresses (not ice) and recommended skin care products may be useful to reduce swelling or discomfort.
- You may take over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication. Hydrocortisone (steroid) cream may decrease any itching or skin irritation. Antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin) may be used if skin is broken to prevent infection.
- Your skin will be fragile for 2 to 3 days. Use gentle cleansers, but do not rub the skin vigorously and avoid hot water during this time. Skin moisturisers may be used and make-up can be applied if the skin is not broken.
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning creams during the entire course of treatments. Use SPF 30 or greater on the treatment area at all times.
- The treatment area may be left open and uncovered. Do not scrub the area. Do not use any products on the treated area without first consulting our staff.
- Avoid soaking for 24 to 48 hours. No hot tubs, whirlpools or baths, but showers are okay.
- Avoid excessive sweating for 24 to 48 hours. No saunas or vigorous working out.
- Keep areas well moisturised and allow scabs to fall off on their own. This is an expected occurrence with tattoo/pigment removal.
- Avoid irritants such as Retin-A, Retinol, Renova, glycolics, bleaching creams and exfoliants for one week.
- Refrain from alcohol for 3-7 days.
- It is best avoid smoking for a period of several weeks before and after your procedure, as smoking constricts the capillaries and taxes the immune system, thereby slowing healing and results