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Laser Tattoo Removal

A tattoo is a form of a body modification where a design is made on a body part by inserting ink, dyes or pigments into the dermis of the skin. It may be temporary or permanent. Tattoo remains on ancient mummified human remains reveal that tattooing has been practiced throughout the world for many centuries. Interestingly some may have served a medicinal or therapeutic purpose.

Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment in Bandra West and Bandra East, Mumbai

Tattoos are no longer considered permanent and irreversible designs or marks on the skin. They can safely be removed by laser treatment

  • Traumatic/Natural: Seen in coal miners due to coal dust getting in wounds. Could be because of accident or trauma when asphalt is rubbed in the wounds
  • Amateur /Professional: Serve as marks of rank or status, symbols of religious or spiritual devotion. Could be for artistic, cosmetic sentimental or magical reasons
  • Identification: Was done forcibly in Nazi concentration camp inmates with identification numbers. Symbols signifying religious sentiments are done in children
  • Cosmetic: A trend in the cosmetic industry for “permanent make-up” or hiding and neutralising skin discolourations
  • Functional: Used for a purpose like identification when an Alzeimer’s patient goes missing
  • Medical: Used where repeated application of radiotherapy required. Additionally used in skin tones to cover Vitiligo, a pigmentation disorder

A variety of social, cultural and physical life changes may influence the decision to remove a tattoo

  • Allergic reaction/ Infection
  • Regrets about the decision
  • Seeking new employment especially the hospitality or aviation industry
  • Replacing one tattoo with another

What you need to know before removal

  • Most professionally made uniform level tattoos can be removed
  • Newer inks and pastel shades may be difficult to remove. Red and yellow are especially challenging
  • Fading will happen with each session. About 4-6 sessions may be required

The laser beam penetrates the skin to break up the ink particles. These particles are removed by the body’s immune system (scavenger cells) over a period of time. This leads to fading of the tattoo. The laser energy only targets the tattooed skin leaving the un-inked surrounding skin unharmed.

FAQS

1. Which tattoos can be treated?

Generally all tattoos can be treated. The regular greenish blue pigment shows a good response. Jet black tattoos may take time to fade as may reds and yellows in a tattoo. Also tattoos which are deep may take many more sessions

2. How many sessions?

Approximately 4-6 but sometimes eight may be required. Will depend on the shade of the tattoo and depth. And also the body’s response to the laser

3. Is it painful?

It can be described as a pricking sensation. We advise the use of a numbing cream around 2 hours before the procedure for maximum benefit and comfort

4. How long does a session take?

Depends on tattoo size but anywhere from 5-10 minutes to 45 mins also if the tattoo is large

5. Any side effects?

Immediately after the procedure there is swelling, redness and pinpoint bleeding points. All this will clear gradually within 3-5 days

6. Any post treatment care?

The treated area needs to be kept dry and prescribed creams applied. Sunblock creams are absolutely necessary on exposed areas.

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