Skin & Face Treatments


Tattoo Removal

Tattooing is a process of inserting inks, dyes, and pigments into the dermal layer of skin as a form of body art. Q-switched lasers that deliver a high-intensity pulsed beam to the inked area are the commonly used lasers for tattoo removal treatment.
The tattoo removal works by breaking the ink pigments into very small particles which can then be easily carried away by the immune cells into the lymphatic drainage and hence out of the body.
The actual removal of a tattoo with the help of a laser treatment takes less time than getting a tattoo and it starts fading with the initial treatment. This procedure cannot be completed in just one sitting as the body’s natural drainage and waste processes must be given time to act on the ink. One might need to space out the treatment in 5 to 8 weeks.
The Helios III is one of the latest, upgraded Q-switch Nd-Yag laser used in our clinic for tattoo removal.
1Can all types of tattoos be removed?
Both professional and amateur tattoos can be removed. Nearly all colors can be effectively removed usually in 6 to 8 sessions depending on the method by which the tattoo was placed, the types of dyes used, and the length of time the tattoo has been present. Black and Blue inks are usually the easiest to remove while colors like red and green take a number of sessions and may still not be removed completely.
2How effective is the treatment?
In most cases, the laser can remove up to 90 percent of the tattoo. It is important to remember that the ultimate result will depend on many factors such as the type of dye or ink used, how old the tattoo is, location, skin type and if there is any scarring from previous removal attempts.
3Is tattoo removal safe?
Yes. The laser we use is specifically designed for treating tattoos and hyper-pigmentation. It is a homogeneous beam, meaning there are no hot spots and adverse effects are minimal. Unlike other techniques, laser tattoo removal treats without causing purpura, and the risk of scarring or changes in skin texture is greatly reduced. We use the third generation HELIOS III which is an FDA approved Laser machine.
4Is the procedure of tattoo removal painful?
Most people compare the laser to the feeling of having a rubber band snapped very gently on your skin. We usually apply a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure for 30 to 45 minutes.
5What is my skin like after a removal treatment and what should I do?
You may experience some temporary reddening and crusting of the treated area and there may be some lightening or darkening of the skin for a few days afterward. Typically, your skin will return to normal, minus the tattoo, of course. Immediately after a treatment, you can apply an ice pack. Between visits, avoid scrubbing the area.
6How long are the treatments?
Depending on the size of the tattoo, treatments range from 5 to 30 minutes. Most people will need multiple treatments generally varying between 8 to 10 sessions.
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