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Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal Q-Switch YAG Laser
Q-switched lasers are widely considered the gold standard for tattoo removal, with excellent clinical results, impressive predictability, and a good safety profile. The generation of giant pulses by the method of Q-switching is responsible for the unique laser-tissue interaction that is seen with our tattoo removal.

A test patch is required before full treatment is given, this is to assess your response to the laser, to identify any adverse reactions.

The Treatment
The practitioner will apply some anaesthetic cream to the area for patient comfort. The patient will be fitted with protective eye goggles then laser is passed over the tattoo, you may experience some mild discomfort as the laser begins to breakdown the colour pigments. Patients often describe tattoo removal treatments like 'being pinged with an elastic band' but this varies from patient to patient. Ice may be used during the treatment to cool the skin to aide with comfort. The length of time of each treatment will vary depending on the size of the tattoo.

Tattoo Removal

Post treatment
After the treatment the tattoo may turn white or red in colour. The tattoo will then be protected with a suitable covering. The area may feel tender and the skin sore, regular analgesia may be taken. You will be given an after care advice sheet to take home.

How Long Will It Take to Remove My Tattoo
The average time to remove a tattoo using the Q Switched ND YAG lasers is 4-8 treatments. Treatments are best spaced at of 4-6 week intervals. However this does vary for each client and their tattoo, as different factors such as ink type and colour, skin type, and age and location of the tattoo play a role. At your laser tattoo consultation, your practitioner will be able to give you a better indication of how many treatments you personally need and answer any other questions you may have about laser tattoo removal.

Post-Treatment Care
The area must be protected with application of gauze for the first 24 hours, and then protected from sun exposure to prevent changes in pigmentation between treatments.

Side Effects
For most people, any side effects from laser tattoo removal are short-lived, minimal and to be expected. Some of those possible are: darkening of the skin due to inflammation, the area may itch, or feel like a minor sunburn that hurts if chafed. If you have a history of scarring easily, poor wound healing, or suffer an immune problem you should discuss this at your initial consultation. There is a low risk for developing scars if you have these issues. A not common, but possible side effect for those with darker skin is the lightening of the skin due to the loss of melanin (a substance that gives the skin it's colour).