Laser Tattoo Removal
Perhaps your tattoo has faded, and you’re left with something you would rather hide away. In fact, according to a recent U.S. study, roughly 25% of the population has a tattoo, and about 50% of them will eventually want to have it removed.
Currently, the use of a laser is the most effective method of drastically reducing the appearance of tattoos. The alternatives are becoming less and less appealing to clients and practitioners. For instance, while there are many creams on the market for treating tattoos, none have boasted results on even a similar scale; calibration and chemical peels have also been employed for tattoo removals, but both pose the risk of burning skin. As a result of continuous medical advances, lasers have become safer and even more targeted to individual tattoos than they have been in the past.
MedLite® C6 Laser
Most practitioners of tattoo removal use a technique of focusing tiny bursts of laser at the tattooed area. Among the newest and best models of lasers is the MedLite® C6 Laser, which employs wavelengths of 1064nm. The wavelengths create light that is converted into heat energy when it comes in contact with skin. The intensity of the beams allows it to break down the ink into many minute particles. Due to the more manageable size, the body’s lymphatic system is able to process the particles and flush them out. Engineers have specifically designed the laser to only target ink, rather than skin. As a result, the laser does not break the skin at all, minimizing the risk of scarring.
Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure
Removing Different Coloured Ink
While the laser can break down all colours, it is the most efficient with darker colours, such as black and blue. Lasers tend to react very effectively with red and dark orange as well. Other pigmentations present slightly larger challenges. If your tattoo includes a wide range of colours (such as green and yellow, for example), your treatment may simply require a few more sessions.
How Many Sessions are Required?
Since each tattoo is unique, it may take anywhere for 2 to over 20 sessions to fully remove the appearance of your tattoo; the typical number of session, though, is between 5-15. The number of sessions required depends on certain factors, such as the size and colour(s) of your tattoo. Tattoos also vary in terms of how deep into the skin the ink has extended – this has a clear impact on how quickly the lasers are able to break down the particles. During your consultation, your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon should provide you with an accurate estimate of the number of sessions your tattoo will require.
How is a Laser Tattoo Removal Performed?
Before the procedure, your practitioner will likely apply an anaesthetic cream on top of the area of the skin where the tattoo is located: the purpose of the cream is to numb the skin, thereby diminishing any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Just prior to beginning the treatment, your practitioner will instruct you to wear protective eye shields, to ensure your eyes are safe from high-intensity wavelengths. The doctor will then begin targeting the area with the unwanted tattoo. During this process, clients often compare the sensation to that of a rubber band snapping against their skin. If this experience makes you uncomfortable, you should advise the practitioner ahead of time. You should also bear in mind that as the multiple sessions progress, the intensity of the pulses will become lighter and lighter.
After Treatment Care
At the conclusion of the treatment, your practitioner will apply an ice pack to soothe the area on which the laser was applied. Next, he or she will gently rub ointment on the site and cover it with a bandage. The bandage helps prevent you from picking at the sensitive area, and protects the site from any environmental irritant, such as sun exposure or friction
Keep in mind that the standard time in between each session is between 4-6 weeks. Therefore, given the typical necessity for multiple visits, be advised that it may take a while for the tattoo to fully disappear from sight. While in between sessions (and following your last session), make sure you follow your practitioner’s instructions for caring for the treatment area – most recommend the use of an ice pack to prevent or reduce swelling and redness. In less common scenarios, treated areas can develop spots of blood the size of pin-pricks: this provides even more cause to attend to your bandages with a reasonable level of care.
Cost & Financing
Typically, surgeons charge around $100 per session. That being said, discounted rates are often available. For example, many practitioners offer price breaks depending on the number of sessions; additionally, students often receive a discount of at least 10%. Generally, a variety of payment methods are available, including credit cards, cheques, or cash.
If you are thinking of getting rid of your body art, you should consider booking a consultation with the skilled specialists at Clinic 360 in Toronto. Let us give you back your blank slate!