Do you have the name of your ex-flame etched on your wrist? Or are you bored with the same old dove tattoo at the back of your neck which you now want to get rid of? Do not hang your head low but instead turn over to us to give you the best solution.
Tattoo removal has been performed with various tools since the history of tattooing. While tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially. Before the development of laser tattoo removal methods, common techniques included dermabrasion, TCA (Trichloroacetic acid, an acid that removes the top layers of skin, reaching as deep as the layer in which the tattoo ink resides), salabrasion (scrubbing the skin with salt), cryosurgery and excision which is sometimes still used along with skin grafts for larger tattoos. Some early forms of tattoo removal included the injection or application of wine, lime, garlic or pigeon excrement. Tattoo removal by laser was performed with continuous-wave lasers initially, and later with Q-switched lasers, which became commercially available in the early 1990s. Today, "laser tattoo removal" usually refers to the non-invasive removal of tattoo pigments using Q-switched lasers. Typically, black and other darker-colored inks can be removed completely.
Tattoos consist of thousands of particles of tattoo pigment suspended in the skin. While normal human growth and healing processes will remove small foreign particles from the skin, tattoo pigment particles are permanent because they are too big to be removed. Laser treatment causes tattoo pigment particles to heat up and fragment into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are then removed by normal body processes.
NO. OF SESSIONS NEEDED FOR REMOVAL
Complete laser tattoo removal requires multiple treatment sessions,typically spaced at least 6 weeks apart. At each session, some but not all of the tattoo pigment particles are effectively fragmented, and the body removes the smallest fragments over the course of several weeks. The result is that the tattoo is lightened over time. Remaining large particles of tattoo pigment are then targeted at subsequent treatment sessions, causing further lightening. The number of sessions and spacing between treatments depends on various parameters, including the area of the body treated and skin color. The amount of time required for the removal of a tattoo and the success of the removal varies with each individual. Factors influencing this include:skin type, location, color, amount of ink, scarring or tissue change, and layering.
Although laser treatment is well known and often used to remove tattoos, unwanted side effects of laser tattoo removal include the possibility of discoloration of the skin such as hypopigmentation (white spots, more common in darker skin) and hyperpigmentation (dark spots) as well as textural changes - Laser removal of traumatic tattoos may similarly be complicated depending on the substance of the pigmenting material. In one reported instance, the use of a laser resulted in the ignition of embedded particles of firework debris .
POST PROCEDURE INSTRUCTION
After laser tattoo removal treatment, person may experience swelling or bruising. The immediate whitening of the treated area is the inks reaction to the absorption of the lasers light energy creating steam within the surface of your skin which usually last for several minutes. Scabs, bruising and crusts are normal post treatment and usually occur 8-72 hours after the treatment, which can last 1-2 weeks or longer. When the scabs separates, the skin in the treated area may look pale or pink. Pigmentary changes due to loss of skin pigment can occur and is temporary except in rare cases. Although times can vary, Complete healing usually takes 4-6 weeks.
- Treated Area should be kept clean and dry, keeping the skin clean with soap and water you can then pat the area dry. A antibiotic ointment can be used up to 3 times a day for 3 days. a sterile dressing should be used to cover the treated area for those 3 days.
- Swelling and slight bruising, occurs post treatment which is a natural mechanism of the bodies immune system. It indicates that the healing process and the removal of the framented tattoo ink has begun. Continue to keep area clean .
- Picking at scabs or allowing the skin to get scraped increases your chances of getting a infection and also increases your chance of developing a scar. Any shaving in the treated area should be avoided until the area is completely healed .
- Soaking in the form of hot tubs, swimming pools or baths are not recommended as this increase the chances of infection. Wait until all scabs are completely healed .
- Exercise is ok after treatment, considering all other after care instructions are practiced. .
- Use a sun block with an SPF of 25 or higher over the treated area for 2 months following the treatment .
- . Due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment, itching is very common .
- If you experience and unusual discomfort or notice any bleeding or the treated area looks infected (yellow or honey colored oozing and crusting) or develop any other complications, please contact .