Laser tattoo removal
The process of tattooing introduces coloured pigments deep below the surface of the skin. To remove tattoos, a laser beam strikes the pigment and breaks it down through tiny “blasts”. In the weeks and months that follow, the broken down pigment particles are eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. In some cases, it can take up to six months before the pigments are gone. The surrounding non-tattooed skin remains virtually unaffected by the process.
The laser treatment has to be repeated several times, and the number of sessions can vary greatly. Even if the current laser research and clinical reports have demonstrated the reliability of laser treatment, there is no guarantee that your tattoo can be fully removed. Darker pigments commonly used in tattoos, such as black, blueish black, dark blue and red are the easiest to remove. Brighter colours, such as light green, turquoise and light blue are more difficult. The process feels similar to the tattooing process itself – like a very fine needle prick or the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. Cooling before, during and afterwards with cold packs is the best way to relieve pain. After the treatment, patients may experience swelling, bruising, crusting and scabbing. It is not uncommon to see fluid discharge from the lasered spot. These symptoms go away in one to two weeks. The individual treatment sessions are carried out at intervals of six to eight weeks. For the duration of the treatment, the area of skin must be protected against exposure to sunlight.