How laser tattoo removal treatment works

Initial consultation

Before any laser tattoo removal treatments take place Skin Beautiful will carry out a consultation for you. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions, see how and where your treatment will take place, in order for you to make an informed decision. We carry out an evaluation of your skin type to ensure the laser tattoo removal treatment will be most effective. Skin type is categorized according to the Fitzpatrick skin type scale which ranges from very fair (skin type I) to very dark (skin type VI). The two main factors that influence skin type and the treatment program devised are; Genetic disposition. Skin type can be determined genetically and is one of the many aspects of your overall appearance, which also includes the colour of your eyes, hair, etc.Reaction to sun exposure and tanning habits. The way your skin responds to sun exposure is another way to correctly assess your skin type. Recent tanning, whether by the sun or an artificial tanning booth, even tanning creams, can have a major impact on your skin colour evaluation.

We will also need to you to complete a simple medical questionnaire so we can take into account your medical history and any medication you may be taking. By using this consultation we can be better prepared to provide you with the best laser tattoo removal treatment and care.We can also offer a numbing cream to numb the area to be treated and discuss aftercare too. Once a satisfactory consultation is completed a laser tattoo removal test patch can take place.

The Laser tattoo removal Treatment

The laser emits a pulse of light that is preferentially absorbed into certain colours of ink. The light enters the skin at a speed that is too fast to heat the tissues (billionths of a second), instead, it produces a ‘shock wave’ effect and breaks up the ink particles into smaller pieces, the body then recognises these particles as something that shouldn’t be there and attacks it. The particles are then removed naturally via the body’s own elimination system.

Due to the nature of this procedure, it is impossible to predict exactly how many treatments it will take for complete results. It could take as little as 3 treatments for an amateur tattoo or up to as many as 10 treatments for a professionally applied tattoo. After treatment the treated area will most likely be red and feel like it has mild sunburn. This typically goes away after a couple of hours. At times and with certain inks, there may be mild blistering that usually heals in about a week. After each treatment you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your treated area. Your body needs time to break down the tattoo ink pigments after each laser tattoo removal treatment. You will typically schedule each treatment approx of 6-8 weeks apart.

Patients have reported that laser tattoo removal feels like a rubber band snapping quickly on your skin. Numbing cream is available for those that may find the procedure uncomfortable.The type of laser used leaves virtually no scars, however, in rare cases, those with scarring disorders, such as keloids, have an increased risk of forming a scar.

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