In this treatment, all areas of the face and body with tattoos can be treated. The lasers of today are made to deal with the various tattoo colours & ages, as well as the different skin types. Some people worry that tattoos on finer skin or bonier parts of the body cannot be treated with laser, but all these can be considered for treatment. How does Laser work for Tattoo Removal?
An optical device that emits light, by a process of light amplification, work on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic light waves. Lasers emit monochromatic (single color/wavelength) light. Laser tattoo removal treatment utilizes the high-powered wavelength of an optical device that penetrates deep into the skin and is able to permanently demolish the ink particles within the cells that give colour to the tattoo. There are many kinds of lasers that can be used to removal of tattoos, depending on the color of the ink of the tattoo.
Here, at MK Aesthetics clinic, we use the Lynton Q-switched laser, which produces powerful light rays in short pulses that pass through the skin. The advanced Q-Switched technology safely penetrates the skin and targets each type of ink colour with its specific wavelengths. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, hence the black colour of the tattoo can be removed easily. Other colors can be treated with selected laser wavelengths. The whole treatment can be performed without harming the surrounding skin.
The wavelength of laser light is able to break the inked pigment into tiny particles which are then removed by the body’s lymphatic (immune) system, in the safest and most natural way possible. The skin then gently heals itself as it understands that a type of trauma has occurred. The healing process is crucial to restore the desired appearance of pre-tattooed skin.
What is the Q-switching Laser Device?
The term “Q-switch” refers to the type of pulse which is given by the laser. Unlike common laser devices that create a continuous laser beam, Q-switched lasers create laser beam pulses that last mere billionths of a second. Q-Switched is a non-invasive laser that creates high-intensity pulsed beam light. The energy emitted from a Q-switched laser is in the form of very powerful pulses.
There are two key benefits of Q-Switched lasers:
They have the power to shatter tiny fragments of pigmentation or ink, stimulate collagen production or kill fungus.
Secondly, because their contact with the skin is less than other lasers, they are known for not damaging surrounding tissue and are less likely to cause unwanted side effects.
Who should get laser tattoo removal?
The best candidates for traditional laser tattoo removal are those with lighter skin. This is because laser treatment can change the colour of darker skin.
Older tattoos tend to fade or completely disappear with laser treatment. Newer tattoos can be a bit more difficult to remove.
The procedure for the tattoo removal will depend on the characteristics of the tattoo and the person’s skin type. On average each session can take time between 15-60 minutes. A laser technician will numb the area to be treated, or tattooed, skin with a local anaesthetic. Then, they’ll apply the laser to the skin. The laser sends out energy in one strong pulse. This pulse of energy heats up the ink in your skin to dissolve it. The skin may bleed, blister, and swell following each procedure. This process is repeated over multiple sessions until you’re happy with the extent to which your tattoo has faded.
How many sessions are required?
Most people would require a series of short sessions 1-2 months apart to get rid of the tattoo, although the exact number of sessions cannot be predicted in advance. Usually 5-10 sessions are required, although up to 20 may be required in some cases. The variability depends on several factors, such as size, color, location and age of the tattoo. Tattoos with many colors are more difficult to remove. They might require treatment with different lasers and wavelengths to be effective. The average course of treatment varies from person to person.
Risk and Complications:
The risks of laser tattoo removal are very low. An infection on a treated area can be a risk, but when post-treatment instructions are followed, infection can usually be prevented. Also with a Q-switching Laser Device for tattoo removal, chances of infection is very rare.
Immediately after every treatment, the treated area may feel sunburned, and it is extremely important to keep it covered until it heals. The treated area becomes paler in shade or may be white. Cold compresses are advised to reduce any burning or swelling. If you fail to follow this, both your recovery and the results of the treatments may be negatively affected.
Scabbing is normal which may last for about two weeks but remember your skin is going through a healing process so it is acting naturally. It is rare for adverse side effects to occur but allergic reactions can happen.
Recovery and Downtime:
Most patients can resume their daily activities instantly following a laser tattoo removal treatment. But there are a number of things you will be advised to do to avoid complications and to get the best out of your treatment:
This Laser Tattoo Removal process is much safer and less invasive than older, primitive treatments such as Excision or Salabrasion, which often left people with unsightly scars and extended periods of excessive pain.
The different colours used in tattoo inks have different strengths and life spans. Some colours such as green, yellow and aqua usually take the longest to fade and can, therefore, be the most stubborn to eliminate. Shades of red and orange respond particularly well to this treatment and dark blue to black ink can be treated well too. Full removal of your tattoo with little to no blemishes can rely on your skin type too. Most people are happy with their results with this advanced technique of tattoo removal, and are often surprised at just how good the skin can look after the last few sessions.
Our prices are very competitive considering the laser equipment we use is of the highest manufacturing standard, made in the UK and is officially CE marked. What you will eventually pay will depend upon the colours used and size of your tattoo.
Dr Goyal, the lead GP, runs the MK Aesthetics clinic in Milton Keynes. He is also a dermatology doctor/GP partner at a practice in Milton Keynes and a part of the dermatologist team in Bedford Hospital. Dr Goyal is Harley Street trained and certified to carry out all the treatments offered at MK Aesthetics. A specialist in the field of Cosmetic Medicine, you can be sure you’ll be in safe hands.
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