If you have a tattoo which you now regret, laser tattoo removal is the most effective way to eliminate the ink from your skin without causing scarring.
What does this treatment do?
The non-invasive removal of tattoo ink uses a Q switched laser which can produce several wavelengths to target a range of tattoo pigments. When the ink particles absorb this energy, they instantly break into miniscule fragments. Once the laser has broken the ink into smaller pieces, your body’s immune system works to remove the ink over the following weeks, flushing it away from the tattooed area.
Black is the easiest pigment to remove. Some coloured pigments respond well to laser tattoo removal, however green does not always respond well.
Laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective way of permanently removing a tattoo. Where some other methods, such as tattoo removal creams, dermabrasion and surgery, may result in scarring and infection, laser tattoo removal at Stratum Clinics and our partner clinics is safe and proven effective.
Professional tattoos typically require six or more treatments, whereas amateur or traumatic blue-black tattoos may only need one or two sessions. Coloured tattoos can take many more sessions. Studies have shown that 85% of amateur tattoos can be completely removed after just three treatment sessions.
Professional tattoos take longer with 70% removed by six treatments. More treatment sessions in both tattoo types will result in further clearances. Tattoo removal treatments are usually scheduled at six to eight-week intervals. Each laser pulse has been likened to that of an elastic band hitting the skin.
Immediately after treatment, there may be swelling, bruising or crusting and scabbing, which can last up to two weeks. Some of the tattoo pigment is lost during this scabbing process.