Tattoo Removal has always been a challenge for the field of Dermatology, as each tattoo is unique and requires individualized treatment. To date, many methods of tattoo removal have been tried, including the use of Causative Acids (e.g. TCA), Dermabrasion, Diathermy, Cryosurgery and local surgical removal of the design with Plastic Surgery. In the majority of cases, these methods resulted in an unsightly aesthetic result, such as scarring, discoloration and burns that plagued the patient for a long time after treatment.
In the last 20 years, the entry of laser into the field of dermatology has revolutionized a multitude of therapeutic and aesthetic applications and the problem of Tattoo Removal could not be one of them.
Laser Tattoo Removal requires more than one session. The number of sessions that may be required varies depending on the size of the tattoo and the area of skin it occupies, the pigments that have been used, the depth of their penetration into the skin, the amount and type of material, how recent and professionally done the tattoo is and the skin color of the person concerned. Most commonly, it takes about 5 - 8 sessions.
The time between sessions should be such that the body has time to naturally eliminate the degraded pigment granules - indicatively 5-6 weeks - while the number of sessions needed to achieve complete removal of the tattoo is determined by the dermatologist after taking all the above factors into account.
At Cosmetic Derma Medicine we use the Q-Switched ND:Yag Laser which is the most specialized and dedicated laser for tattoo removal.
3 wavelengths are used Q-Switched ND:Yag Laser at 1064 and 532 nm and Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser at 755 nm.
It works through the photoacoustic effect, breaking the microspheres of the tattoo pigment into smaller fragments which are then removed naturally by the lymphatic circulation.
Before the Laser Tattoo Removal treatment, a topical anesthetic cream is applied so the procedure is practically painless. Laser Tattoo Removal treatment does not cause a breakup of the skin continuity and does not cause scars and marks.
In some cases, especially when the tattoo is large we can apply an injection anesthetic. Then the color appears a little more intense and the tattoo lines are palpable, and then the pigment is gradually removed.
With Laser Tattoo Removal we can "erase" tattoos of various sizes and colors on any part of the body. Dark colors such as blue, black and gray are most easily removed. But with the modern Q-Switched Laser and the multiple wavelengths contained in this machine, we can get excellent results on lighter colors such as red, yellow, green, blue.
This laser can also be used to remove eyebrow tattoos, as well as permanent makeup removal such as on the lip contour, for example.
The Q-Switched ND:Yag Laser can be applied to spots, blemishes that are resistant to Fractional Laser and CO2 Laser with excellent results.