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If you are reading this, you are probably in the tattoo regret phase, and we feel your pain! Before you make moves to get that unloved tattoo removed, we created a list of helpful tips on laser.
Tattoos are formed by introducing ink particles into the skin. These are too large for the body to break down, so instead it encapsulates them in a network of collagen fibres as the skin heals, trapping the ink and creating the tattoo.
Using the Allwhite3000 Nd Yag laser can safely and effectively remove tattoos, permanent make up, and skin pigmentation such as Nevus of Ota, age spots, sunspots, and birthmarks. Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibres. Q-switched lasers produce noticeably short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body can remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin does not overheat and there is no lasting damage.
ND YAG stands for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) which is a crystal that is used as a medium for laser treatments. In Q-switched mode, Nd YAG produces 2 wavelengths, one in the infrared range (1064 nm) and a second beam of 532 nm wavelength which is useful for superficial skin lesions. Q switching refers to the technique of making the laser produce a high intensity beam in noticeably short pulses.
We use Nd Yag to remove tattoos safely and effectively, permanent make up, and skin pigmentation such as Nevus of Ota, age spots, sunspots and birthmarks
We can treat all skin types with the Allwhite3000 ND YAG Q-switch technology. If you are in good health (no serious health concerns) and do not have hypo/hyper- pigmentation, tanned or Keloid scarring in your family or personal history.
In principle the laser can remove all kind of tattoos. Since all tattoos are not the same in terms of colour, depth of ink deposition as well as their chemical composition some may respond differently. Black, red dark orange and dark blue tattoos will typically respond better to treatment with laser. However, Brown, purple, green, light orange, neon, and light blue colours are harder to remove and will require more sessions.
Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibres. Q-switched lasers produce noticeably short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body can remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin does not overheat and there is no lasting damage.
Customers will see a reduction after the first treatment however to completely remove a tattoo depending on the ink colour and how deep it is in the skin, it could be between 3-5 treatments with intervals of 6 weeks between treatments. In some clients this more sessions may be necessary for complete removal.
Results can be observed immediately after the first session.
This depends on the size of the tattoo; a small tattoo might take 5 minutes, where a large, or multiple tattoos could take an hour or more of treatment. Again, the assessment will provide this information
The level of pain felt will depend on the type of tattoos, the amount of treatment required and your own pain threshold. Some clients would describe it as no more than uncomfortable, where others will describe it as an elastic band flicked against the skin. The truth is that you will only know how painful you find it until you try it! We can offer advice on pain relief, which will be given during your assessment.
Although there is a risk of scarring with any laser, in most cases, scarring is not a significant risk for tattoo removal with the ND Yag laser. Tattoo removal has become associated with scarring because the older generation of lasers used for tattoo removal were overly aggressive and carried a very high risk of scarring. The ND Yag laser does not heat the surrounding skin significantly and the risk of scarring is much reduced. The risk of scarring is mainly associated with a genetic pre-disposition to forming scar tissue and the presence of resistant, green pigment. To reduce the risk, we carry out an extensive medical evaluation to identify high-risk clients; we also have an adjunct treatment that can stop scar tissue forming and even improve existing.
Before undergoing laser tattoo removal, there are several important steps you should take to prepare and minimize the risks of complications. Here are some pre-treatment advice for laser tattoo removal:
Following these pre-treatment advice can help ensure the best results and minimise the risk of complications during and after laser tattoo removal.