Tattooing the skin is a widespread practice in many cultures, as well as our own. Despite the fact that most people show off their designs with pride, there are also those who regret the decision, as it can be a barrier to landing certain jobs, or the result of a personal moment in their life that has now passed -- such as a change of taste or an emotional break-up, rendering the tattoo meaningless.
In these cases, the tattoo no longer has to be a life sentence, thanks to a technique that enables the ink injected into the skin to be simply and effectively blurred and removed: laser light.
It is not required
It is not required
Laser treatment allows for the pigment to be destroyed without causing damage to the skin, as the light irradiation only lasts nanoseconds and, therefore, only impacts upon the ink and not the surrounding tissue. The result is no scars or marks of any kind.
Hospital admission is not required and the patient can be given local anaesthetic to ease the pain of the treatment.
Just as several sessions are needed for the tattoo to be created, they will also be required for its removal. For this reason, the process cannot be rushed, and the skin must be given ample time to recover well, trusting in the fact that, after each session, the area will become clearer and clearer. For the most part, patients require an average of between six and eight 15-minute sessions, spread out over a minimum of six weeks.
Laser light is capable of erasing practically any kind of tattoo. However, it must be kept in mind that skin tone, colouring, and the size of the tattoo itself are all factors that can determine the effectiveness of the treatment. Indeed, the removal of blues, oranges, reds and blacks is relatively straightforward, whilst shades of green, lilac, brown and yellow pose additional challenges. Moreover, the lighter the skin tone, the more successful the end result will be.
During the first consultation, the specialist will assess the state of the skin and provide the relevant advice regarding pre-treatment care.
During the sessions, patients tend to notice mild heat and inflammation within the treated area, however, this will subside after a short period of time. Throughout the recuperation process, it is essential to avoid sources of heat and humidity, such as saunas, swimming pools, heaters, and hot baths. These precautions reduce the risk of infection and prevent the scabbing from soaking and falling off ahead of time. Additionally, it is essential to use high-factor sunscreen until the skin tone has fully recovered.