Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs

An initial consultation before a tattoo removal procedure is vital for every practice and patient. It’s a medium to showcase your experience or knowledge of the tattoo removal procedure, communicate with your clients, and make them trust you so that they can proceed with the treatments.

It is a good practice to provide answers to your patient’s questions and prove your skill in laser tattoo removal. We have put together the most frequently asked questions about the procedure.

What is the mechanism of laser tattoo removal?

The procedure uses a technology in which a very short, high-powered beam of light energy is delivered to the skin at specific wavelengths— 532nm, 650nm or 1064nm. As the pulse of light is placed on the tattoo area, it is absorbed by the ink particles used for the tattoo.

After absorbing this energy, the ink particles in the dermis of your skin shatter instantly into small fragments.

These fragments are then eliminated slowly via your body’s lymphatic system, fading away just the same way an injury fades gradually. The result is visible as the appearance of the tattoo lightens. Every additional tattoo removal procedure breaks down more ink until it is no longer visible.

We make use of Lutronic spectra Nano-Second laser for tattoo removal. Spectra Laser is a gentle laser with various laser light wavelengths that emits nanosecond laser energy to remove tattoos and other skin pigmentation. The Lutronic spectra Nano-second laser is soft, hence, multiple pulses safely and efficiently removes tattoo deep within the dermis.

Who is a good candidate for a laser tattoo removal?

With the perfect laser wavelength, tattoo removal is safe for a lot of people. Ideal candidates for a laser tattoo removal treatment are

  • In good health and without any significant skin reactions, allergies

  • People who want to change their looks

  • Willing to commit a substantial amount of time to the process

  • Candidates without any vividly colorful tattoo, scar formations like keloids around the tattooed area, and lupus.

  • People who have not undergone any cosmetic procedure in the area.

It is essential that you consult a dermatologist before going for a laser tattoo removal procedure.

What laser wavelengths are used in laser tattoo removal?

Different surfaces take in and reflect laser light wavelengths differently – and inks used for tattoos act in the same manner. Our Lutronic Spectra nano-second laser is a multipurpose device that removes tattoos and smooth skin. It has four distinct wavelengths – 1064 nm, 650 nm 532 nm, 585 nm, the wide Spectra can treat different tattoo ink colors.

The most regularly used wavelength for removing dark tattoo ink color is 1064nm while the 532 nm wavelength is effective for yellow, violet, orange, and red ink colors.

What factors affect the efficacy of a laser tattoo removal?

The removal of a tattoo and how they are removed depends on some factors:

  • Quality, color, depth, and quantity of the pigment

Some pigments— red, black, and blue —respond well to lasers than orange, light blue, green, and pink pigments. These brighter ink colors require more procedures to attain the desired results.

  • Age of the tattoo

Burred and old tattoos that have moved from their initial location are not easy to remove.

  • Location of the tattoo

Tattoos on areas where the skin is thin —fingers or ankles—are very hard to remove compared to areas that have thick skin – shoulder and abdomen. Some tattooed areas may have a shadow of the original tattoo, however. It will go away gradually

Does laser tattoo removal procedure hurt?

The process usually involves some pain. Most people feel the procedure is intensely painful; still, most clients compare the pain to the splitting of a rubber band against the skin.  Above all, it’s painful but bearable as we all feel pain differently.

Before going for the procedure, you may take an over-the-counter medication that may help with the pain. Avoid Aspirin products because they increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.

How many sessions are required to erase tattoo completely?

Laser tattoo removal requires about 3 to 12 sessions. The number of procedures depends on the size, depth, age, location, color and the type of the ink. The treatment is scheduled from 4 to 8 weeks apart so the lymphatic system can flush out the shattered pigment particles.

Pre and Post-Treatment guidelines

Pre-Treatment Care

  • Remove any lotion and makeup from the tattoo area.

  • If you have hairs around the tattooed area, shave them 24 hours before treatment.

  • Do not expose the skin to direct sunlight for about three weeks before treatment.

  • Apply a topical anesthetic 40 minutes prior and then wrap with a plastic to avoid oxidization or removal.

  • Before treatment, avoid using harsh products like chemical and mechanical exfoliation in the area.

Post-Treatment Care

  • Apply a cold compress or ice packs over the area to help diminish swelling and bruising.

  • To help avoid infection, make sure you keep the treated part moist using an antibiotic cream until irritation and redness subside.

  • Make sure you use sunscreen (minimum SPF-30) for two months.

  • Avoid strenuous exercise, saunas, and hot tubs for 3 to 7 days.

  • Do not wash the treated area for 24 hours as soap and hot water may delay healing and irritate.

  • Seek medical attention immediately if the treated area has a honey-colored crusting and a spreading redness.

  • Also, if you experience any unusual pain, rash, bleeding, fever, difficulty breathing or any other complications, seek the help of a doctor immediately.

 

2018-02-27T18:56:31+00:00

About the Author:

Ph.D., MSc, CDE, CRE, APA, MBA candidate, Director of Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre INC

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