Q-switched ND Yag lasers are considered by dermatologists to be the most advanced and effective way of removing multi-coloured tattoos and pigmentation with consistently predictable results and little chance of side effects. They are widely acknowledged as the gold standard.
The laser delivers light in a billionth of a second applying a powerful pulse of energy that is absorbed by the unwanted tattoo. The resulting heat penetrates through the top layer of skin and shatters the tattoo ink into small pigment particles. Your body’s immune system recognises these particles and gradually absorbs them into the body via the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system flushes out the ink particles and naturally disposes of them.
Every tattoo responds differently due to variations in ink colours, chemical compositions, depth and density of ink placement, skin type and individual immune system factors. Predicting how many treatments a tattoo will require is an educated guess. During your consultation, your clinician will make an estimate of the number of tattoo removal sessions that are needed. The ink will continue to evacuate the body for approximately four to six weeks. For this reason, treatments are scheduled no closer than four weeks apart. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs during the treatment programme.
A patch test is always needed at least 48 hours before treatment. Please shave the area 24 hours before treatment and avoid any creams, lotions and perfumes. A reduced blood sugar level can make you feel faint or queasy, so it is essential that you eat something about an hour before treatment. Sunbathing and sunbeds should be avoided at least four weeks before treatment takes place.
Protective eye glasses are provided and the skin will be cleaned, the laser head is then passed over the
tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. A clicking noise is often heard as the ink particles break down.
An instant whitening or blistering of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quite quickly. The area will be tender for up to 48 hours. A bandage or patch may be used to protect the area. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will start to fade over the following four to eight weeks.