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.
Tattoos are no longer considered permanent and irreversible designs or marks on the skin. They can safely be removed by laser treatment
A variety of social, cultural and physical life changes may influence the decision to remove a tattoo
What you need to know before removal
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.
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
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
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
Depends on tattoo size but anywhere from 5-10 minutes to 45 mins also if the tattoo is large
Immediately after the procedure there is swelling, redness and pinpoint bleeding points. All this will clear gradually within 3-5 days
The treated area needs to be kept dry and prescribed creams applied. Sunblock creams are absolutely necessary on exposed areas.