Everything You Need To Know About Tattoo Removal!May 16, 2017
How does it work?
The skin has 3 layers, the epidermis or outer layers, the dermis or middle layer and the hypodermis or bottom layer.
When you get a tattoo, the ink is placed into the dermis. Lasers send the energy through the epidermis with enough energy and heat to fragment and break up the ink in the dermis.
What is the procedure?
When the ink is broken or shattered into small enough particles, it is able to penetrate through the hypodermis. Once through hypodermis, it is seen by your body as a foreign object. Macrophages, large cells that remove foreign bodies, encapsulate the ink and it is eliminated from the body by the lymphatic system.
The healthier your immune system, the better the results. Studies have shown that those who exercise regularly and drink large amounts of water see a more positive result. Those who smoke or ingest other toxins tend to need more treatments over a longer period of time.
How long does it take?
Depends on the size of the tattoo and areas to be covered, the larger the tattoo the longer it takes.
We usually recommend 1-2 hours of our numbing cream application before the treatment to make the treatment go smoothly, this can be purchased at our clinic.
What are the results and how long does it take for results to show?
The results vary for each individual and the treatment works well.
How long do the results last for?
Results are permanent
Are there any maintenance treatments required?
We usually recommend 6-10 treatments. More are needed if there is stubborn ink in some areas.
Do any other treatments compliment or work well with this treatment?
Yes, the Co2 Laser can be treated over the tattoo prior to treatment to help reduce downtime.
What are the comparative advantages of this treatment as opposed to other options out there?
The QSwitch Lasers we use are suitable for all tattoo colours and varying skin colours. Due to the wavelengths and pulse duration this allows less risk of hypo-pigmentation.
Is there any pre or post care needed?
Pre; numbing cream application 1-2 hours before treatment and no sun exposure to the area for two weeks prior to treatment
Post; bepanthen cream for about 5 days post treatment to assist with healing. No scrubbing for 1 week. No sun exposure for two weeks post treatment to the area.
Are there any side effects or down time?
Redness, inflammation and swelling are all expected after treatment but don’t last long. Can last from 2-7 days depending on each individual.
What areas can be treated?
Predominantly all body areas
Who can be treated?
All skin types.
What is the cost?
Starting from $250 per treatment, packages are available.
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