Tattoo Removal with Laser
For a long time, tattoos were considered an “accessory” of skin that would last a lifetime. In the 1990s, this attitude changed with the advent of the first Q-wave laser that made it possible to remove tattoos partially or completely after some sessions. If you once decided to decorate your body in this way, and today you no longer want that image, then the most effective way to remove a tattoo is a help of laser.
Can All Tattoos Be Removed?
Usually tattoos in black or other darker colors such as blue, red, and similar can be removed completely. Amateur tattoos are also easier to treat, as in this case the pigment is not injected as deep into the skin as it is done by the professional artists. Drawings in lighter colors such as yellow, or green are a little harder to remove. Also, it depends on the size of a tattoo, as a result, if the tattoo that you would like to remove covers all your back, then it is possible that some shadows might be seen, or it will take more sessions to remove it.
How Does Laser Light Affect Tattoos?
Usually, the human body breaks down small foreign subjects on its own, but the particles of tattoo as well as permanent make-up paint are too large and complex for this natural process. The pulses generated by the Q-wave laser are so short and frequent that they can break down various pigment particles. They are later removed from the body by our immune system.
Usually, it takes about 8 sessions to completely remove the tattoo from the skin. However, the number of sessions depends on the size, color, the depth of the tattoo on the skin, and many other factors. The exact number of sessions is determined by the doctor during the consultation.
Pain and Skin Condition
The pain threshold is individual for every different person, so it would be difficult to answer whether the procedure is very painful or not. The most of patients say they felt a slight tingling sensation during the procedure, or it felt like ticking with small needles. If necessary, the treated area of body can be anesthetized with a topical, superficial analgesic ointment before the laser session. However, this is not a spa procedure, so you should be aware that it will not be very pleasant.
There is no special preparation before the session, but to protect the surrounding skin, avoid any ultraviolet rays (sun, solarium, phototherapy) for at least two months before the procedure. Immediately after the procedure, the skin fades and that area is visible. Later, a scab is formed, which later falls on its own. It is important to remember that you cannot scrape the scab by yourself. The doctor who is performing the procedure will explain how to take care of the laser-affected skin after the procedure.
When It Cannot Be Done?
Laser tattoo removal cannot be done if you are taking medications or anticoagulants that increase sensitivity to light; you are taking systemic retinoids (isotretinoin, acitretin); you have cancer; you have a live herpes simplex infection at the place of the tattoo; you have epilepsy. Also, the procedure is not recommended when there is a tendency to keloid scars, the skin is burnt and during pregnancy.