Skin Deep Cosmetic Laser Clinic Tattoo Removal
Whether it was a spur of the moment decision when you were younger or simply something you regret – that old tattoo doesn’t have to haunt you forever. At Skin Deep Cosmetic Laser Clinic in Lower Hutt we offer safe laser tattoo removal to remove your unwanted ink.
Laser tattoo removal is a safe procedure that uses rapid bursts of laser energy to break down the tattoo ink and allow the normal healing process of the body to remove the unwanted pigments of the skin through the phagocytosis process.
Tattoos are designed to be permanent, so clearance may take between four and 10 treatments. Factors that influence the number of treatments necessary include skin type, tattoo colours, location on the body, amount of ink and presence of any scarring in the area.
From Italy, the state of the art Quanta Q-switched laser emits multiple wavelengths to treat almost any type of colour or pigment. Our OPTIBEAM® technology is extremely important for any application where the Q-switched laser is concerned. It assures a perfect flat top beam profile to distribute the laser power homogeneously and thus reducing side effects and healing time.
As with any medical treatment, do not base your decision solely on cost. Paying a low price for tattoo removal can lead to ineffective results. Outdated technology can also mean it takes many more treatments to remove tattoos. We offer competitive prices and the most advanced European laser technology, maintaining the highest standards on safety, efficacy, cleanliness and results.
Results of Tattoo Removal
A Tattoo Removal Treatment
Before and After Tattoo Removal
After 7 Treatments
After 4 Treatments
After 2 Treatments
After 4 Treatments
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
Tattoos are designed to be permanent; consequently, for effective removal it is necessary to undergo a series of treatments. Depending on a variety of factors, clinical endpoints are typically reached in anywhere from 4 to 10 appointments. In order to estimate the necessary number of treatments, your practitioner will consider the following criteria:
Skin Type – darker skin types require more treatments.
Tattoo Colours – black tattoos are the easiest to remove. Multicoloured tattoos require more treatments.
Location of Tattoo – areas with better circulation, such as the head and neck, require fewer treatments than an extremity such as a hand or finger.
Amount of Ink – measured both by the density of the tattoo and if it was done professionally or not.
Layering – if one tattoo has been covered by another, it will take more treatments to remove.
Presence of Scarring – the presence of a prior scar in the area will increase the number of treatments needed.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?
Because each tattoo is unique, removal techniques must be tailored to suit each individual case. In the past, tattoos could be removed by a wide variety of methods but, in many cases, the scars were more unsightly than the tattoo itself. Patients with previously treated tattoos may also be candidates for laser therapy. Tattoos that have not been effectively removed by other treatments may respond well to laser therapy providing the prior treatments did not result in excessive scarring.
DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL HURT?
Most people tolerate the lasers sessions without much discomfort. Every patient gets to experience a ‘test spot’ before starting therapy. You can take breaks during your session if required. Patients will feel the pulses as quick tingling sensations, like very tiny rubber bands snapped against the skin. The tattoo ink absorbs a great deal of the laser energy and some patients may feel mild discomfort as we trace the design. Your doctor could apply a topical numbing ointment to the tattoo in advance of your treatment to numb the skin.
HOW LONG DO TREATMENTS TAKE?
Treatment time depends on the size of the tattoo and the number of colours (multicolour tattoos require multiple passes using a different laser colours), but the majority of treatments are completed in under 5 minutes for a small to medium black tattoo to 10-30 minutes for a medium-sized, multi-colour tattoo.
WHAT DO I DO FOR AFTERCARE?
- For the first 24 hours: A cold compress is recommended to help reduce possible discomfort and inflammation.
- Avoid for the next 24 hours: Physical activity, hot showers and saunas.
- For 7 days: Apply Laser Aid lotion 3 to 4 times a day to accelerate healing
- Direct sun exposure, hot tubs, pool water and salt water is to be avoided 1 to 2 weeks or until the tattoo is totally healed.
- Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area with antibacterial soap if needed and then pat the area dry. Avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area.
- Some scabbing, blistering, light bleeding and itching may occur. Immediately after treatment, there may be erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) at the treatment site. This usually lasts 2 hours or longer. The erythema may last up to 10 days.
- Do not pop blisters.
- Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
- You can apply a topical antibiotic to prevent or treat any skin infection.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
Within a few weeks, you will notice a change in the tattoo. As the ink begins to fade, clear areas will begin to appear in the tattoo. Each treatment will show a lightening of the tattoo. On occasion, the normal skin surrounding the tattoo will be slightly lighter. This almost always comes back to normal after a few months.