Although they might seem like a good idea at first, it turns out that as tattoos have become increasingly more common, so too have Tattoo Removals – removing for good what once was considered a permanent mark.
There are several reasons why people get tattoos removed. Unfortunately, times change and so do the vast majority of people’s attitude towards their tattoos, mostly due to poor execution, social, political or religious reasons. No matter what your reasoning, the good news is that you do not have to “just live with it” any more, as Tattoo Removal can now be done in just a few cosmetic treatments.
Tattoo Removal has been carried out with various tools since the ancient times. Nevertheless, it has always been a formidable challenge to match each removal technique with the unique demands of each tattoo. Commonly used treatment methods, including Acetic Acids (e.g., TCA), Diamond Microdermabrasion, Diathermy, Cryosurgery or the physical removal of the pigment and surrounding skin by surgical excision, in conjunction with skin grafts, either involve downtime or lead to poor aesthetic results, including scars rregular pigmentations, or a burn that requires a lot of time to heal.
In the past 20 years, laser technology has revolutionized a variety of Dermatology treatments and Aesthetic procedures and Laser Tattoo Removal – the only Clinically-Proven method of treatment –is one of them, known for delivering excellent, aesthetic results without burns or unsightly scars.
At Cosmetic Derma Medicine, with our high-performance Q-Switched and Q-Switch ND-YAG Alexandrite lasers used for Laser Tattoo Removal, laser light of different wavelengths is beamed into the skin, where it accurately targets the chromophores, causing selective damage to pigment-containing cells and breaking them down into small particles. While surrounding tissue remains unaffected, broken-down ink molecules are cleared away naturally via lymph circulation.
In order to provide effective treatment, the tattoo color and skin type of the patient are highly important considerations when choosing the appropriate laser for Tattoo Removal, as it must be capable of emitting adequate energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment. Darker pigments, such as black, blue and grey are easier to treat, while lighter pigments, like yellow, red and white, are significantly more difficult to remove and thus, require more removal sessions.
A Laser Tattoo Removal treatment program with more than one session will most likely be needed, depending upon the type of tattoo pigment, size and penetration and age, as well as the patient’s skin type and color.
Laser Tattoo Removal is a fully customized treatment, responsive to the individual patient’s needs. During treatment, the device gradually scans the entire tattoo surface. As the beam targets the pigment, the patient may experience a mild burning or stinging sensation. A topical anesthetic cream is applied prior to a full treatment session. After each session, the tattoo gets lighter and lighter, meaning that the laser beam is selectively absorbed by the pigment. The side effects are minimal and involve possible appearance of blood (in areas where the pigments are stronger) and irritation, which require topical treatment by the Dermatologist, but these side effects subside relatively quickly.
Repeat treatments will most likely be required, the number of which will vary depending on the size of the tattoo and the extent of skin it occupies, the penetration depth, along with the quantity and type of tattoo pigment. Moreover, elements such as whether the tattoo is recent or old, whether it is an amateur or a professional one, as well as patient’s skin colour will also affect the number of treatment sessions required to successfully remove the pigment.
Intervals between sessions are designed in a way that will allow the patient’s body to eliminate the decomposed pigments. Generally, the time-gap between two successive sessions is 5-6 weeks.