People tend to change their minds about the decisions they make. The same applies when getting a tattoo. Even though a tattoo was conventionally known for its ‘permanent’ or everlasting result, evolution brought a solution for some regretful tattoo decisions. Laser removal is one of the most well-known solutions for clearing your skin of a tattoo.
Laser tattoo removal is a common procedure to eradicate any unwanted tattoo. This technology is used to emit concentrated beams of monochromatic light waves of different wavelengths to target the ink without harming the skin. The tattoo pigment absorbs these quick flashes of stimulated emission and removes the tattoo. The benefit of Laser Tattoo removal is that there is little to no permanent scarring as a result of this process. The types of tattoos that can be removed using lasers are professional, amateur, and cosmetic tattoos.
It is a safe process for all skin tones and can remove almost all ink types. It also has minimal side effects that do not require any downtime. So a person may proceed with their daily activities right after their laser appointment.
This technique requires a laser as its primary source to target the tattoo ink. The laser projects pulses of light on the tattoo ink site, breaking the pigment of the tattoo. These brief nanosecond pulses of light with specific wavelengths target the tattoo’s pigment directly. As a result, this reduces any damage to the skin surrounding the tattoo.
After the ink of the tattoo selectively absorbs the light from the laser, it breaks it into fragments. The body’s immune system carries these ink particles and flushes them. This causes the tattoo to appear faded.
Several lasers can be used for tattoo removal. There are three types of these lasers, which include Q-switched ruby laser (694 nm), Q-switched Nd: YAG laser (532 nm, 1064 nm), and Q-switched alexandrite laser (755 nm). The most popular and effective of which are the MedLite4, MedLite C6, and a Spectra laser.
Spectra is one of the best-ranked lasers. Lutronic manufacturers assemble this specific laser. It uses the Q-Switched laser technology to remove a wide variety of colours. The range of colours varies from dark to light tones.
Hoya ConBio manufactures MedLite4 and MedLite C6. It has a renowned name in its field for over 15 years. The MedLite C6 is a Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser. This type of laser is also used for hair removal treatments because of how gentle it is on the skin. With the wavelength of 1064nm, these laser light rays reach the dermis layer of the skin and ensure a painless procedure.
Each tattoo differs from one another. Every tattoo has a different depth of application, distinctive ink and a variety of different colours. These inks cause the tattoo removal process to vary depending on its specific type. The red and black inks are considered to be the easiest to remove. Green and blue are relatively difficult. Furthermore, yellow or light-toned colours are considered most difficult to remove.
Even though these light coloured inks were tough to break down for complete removal of tattoo’s previously, it is now possible through the multiple lasers available. The precision of the laser in some extra sessions makes it possible to remove your tattoo completely. However, each case is different, and so only a professional will be able to examine to what extent a tattoo can be removed. However, the chances of completely removing a tattoo are fairly high.
Each session takes on an average of 10- 30 minutes, yet this may differ for tattoos that cover a larger surface area. It does not, however, include the time taken for your doctor to apply any numbing agents, and that may consume extra time. The sessions are performed roughly 4 – 8 weeks apart from one another. This gap gives the body just enough time to heal and reduces the risk of damaging your skin. The amount of sessions per tattoo is affected by many factors. However, for professionally applied tattoo’s it can take an estimated amount of 8-15 sessions. Yet there may be more sessions required depending on factors such as the age of the tattoo, colour of ink and the formula of the ink. Whereas, an amateur tattoo can take only about four or more sessions.
There may be another facility available, which is only used for small tattoos done with black ink. This treatment is called the R20 technique. It allows combining your sessions into a single treatment. The laser treatment is spaced 20 minutes apart. Moreover, there are very specific types of tattoos that make an ideal candidate for such a procedure.
Some laser tattoo removal processes do not need any anesthetics. This proves that there isn’t any massive pain due to the lasers. However, local numbing agents may be applied to the skin for patients’ own comfort. Patients can experience a warm sensation on their skin, a prickling feeling or even some stinging following the treatment.
The skin can appear to be whitish or reddish in colour after the laser session. It is recommended to keep the area covered and apply a topical antibacterial ointment as per your doctor’s directions. It is important to note that the process is not as simple as vanishing the tattoo overnight rather, fading it out over time. This fading process can take several sessions.
Prices for laser treatment are set per session. It also depends on various other factors, such as the colours it contains, the tattoo detail and the area the tattoo covers. The average cost of a tattoo that is 2 x 2 inches can be roughly about $75 per session.
Similarly, a 4 x 4 inches tattoo can cost around $150 per session.
Each inch, in addition to the 4 x 4 tattoo, can add about $25 to your session cost.
Laser tattoo removal is an effective way to remove your tattoo without hassle. A tattoo that no longer represents you or your style can now easily be removed through a minor laser procedure.
Here at the Paradise Laser & Botox spa, you can expect great and natural looking results. We rejuvenate your skin, roll the back clock by removing signs of aging and contour your body to your vision.
With fourteen years experience, we offer services for everyone’s beauty needs.