Laser Tattoo Removal – Your Questions Answered
1st September 2014
Tattoos are becoming increasingly popular with the younger generation of today, but tattoo removal is also becoming increasingly popular too. Here at sk:n we treat on average over 12,000 laser tattoo removal treatments per year, and it's continuing to rise.
With that in mind, we’ve put together this blog article to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on tattoo removal we get here at sk:n.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Our advanced Q-switched lasers produce extremely short pulses of high-energy light which are absorbed by the ink particles in your tattoo, causing them to break down into tiny fragments. The laser energy is selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink only, meaning that surrounding tissues are not effected so there is no lasting damage to the skin. The minute particles of tattoo ink are then disposed of naturally by the body’s own immune system, resulting in less tattoo pigment and a gradual disappearance of the tattoo.
The full extent of this fading can take several weeks as your body works to take away broken down ink particles. For this reason we usually recommend spacing treatments out every 4-12 weeks to start with, but your practitioner will advise you of the best treatment plan for you at your consultation.
How do I get the best results?
It's been debated that having a healthy immune system can help you get the best results when having laser tattoo removal, as your body is responsible for the disposal of the tattoo ink. Follow these simple steps to make sure you’re in tip-top condition:
- Adequate hydration
- 8 hours sleep at night
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Exercising regularly
- Not smoking
What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?
Redness in the area is common after the procedure, but subsides quickly. Occasionally, tattoos may not be completely removed, even with the most advanced laser technology. In some cases, the tattoo fades dramatically but a 'ghosting' effect remains. The reason for this resistance to laser treatment is not known, but it is thought that the ink remains too deep into the layers of the skin for it to be reached by laser. Some people also experience a slight lightening or darkening of the skin in the treated area, though in most cases this returns to normal after six months.
Why is Laser treatment better than alternatives?
Other methods of Tattoo Removal consist of Excision and Tattoo Removal Cream.
Whilst we do offer Tattoo Excision at sk:n, we always prefer to deliver laser treatments. Tattoo Excision is performed by our dermatologists and plastic surgeons. However, because it’s a minor operation it can leave the client with side effects including; bruising, discomfort and a scar.
Other methods of tattoo removal consist of Eraze and Tattoo Removal Creams. Eraze can cause scarring and hypo-pigmentation and tattoo removal creams are often ineffective in removing the tattoos.
How much does it cost?
The cost of laser tattoo removal treatment at sk:n will depend on the size of your tattoo. We offer value packs of course of six and eight treatments, which offer savings compared to buying individual treatments.