TATTOO MODIFICATION AND REMOVAL WITH LASER
This has become increasingly popular among people of all ages. A tattoo is an indelible mark on the skin where large particles of ink or dye are injected into the skin with a needle or tattooist’s ‘gun’. The depth of the pigment varies but is typically between 0.5mm and 2.5mm into the dermis. The pigment becomes encapsulated by collagen and becomes unresponsive to normal skin repair mechanisms.
How does the treatment work?
The skin is cleaned and then the laser beam is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. The high-powered laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink.The treatment is quite sharp but very fast with most people tolerating treatment well. A Cryo6 cold air machine is used to reduce the level of discomfort felt by some clients, which acts as a topical anaesthetic. Over a series of treatments a gradual fading of the tattoo occurs, between 8 and 12 are often required but speed of success is colour dependent and other factors such as cover-ups.
What can be achieved?
An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses the ink.
Am I suitable for treatment?
All skin types can be treated but extreme caution has to be taken with skin type VI as this can mark and blister easily during the course of treatment.
Is there any downtime?
Tenderness and redness can be expected for approximately 24 to 48 hours. As the number of treatments progress pinpoint bleeding can be experienced and a dressing applied. Following the healing of a graze some skin flaking may be experienced. Some coloured tattoos can produce large blister structures, these are best left in place as they form a protective barrier and aid in repair. The skin may become lighter or darker initially and a tattoo ‘shadow’ may be apparent. Change to the skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any grazes are not allowed to heal naturally. There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, this usually improves with time.
What skin types can be treated?
All skin types will respond however extra caution with ethnic skin types must be applied.