How does Tattoo Removal work?
Tattoo removal is performed with a laser that targets the ink and infuses it with heat. This heat, combined with the speed (nanoseconds or picoseconds) of the laser, will break up the ink particles which will eventually disappear. It is therefore possible to remove a tattoo, whether it is colored or not, because the ink particles are destroyed in microparticles that are eliminated by lymphatic way. But be careful, some tattoos are more tenacious because of their size, their location, the ink used (white, deep purple or yellow are difficult to remove) or their thickness (tattoos in relief or permanent makeup).
The course of a session
It is important to choose a reputable and professional clinic for this type of treatment. We want to remove a tattoo and not damage our skin. First of all, the technician tries to find out more about the tattoo and draws up a list of contraindications such as a possible pregnancy, a tan that is too present, an infection, or systemic medication (anticoagulants etc.). The number of sessions varies according to the type of tattoo, the location, the colour used, but we often average 6 to 10 sessions. At BodysculptingRegina, we use the Q-Switch nano laser that has been known for 20 years and is safe. It specializes in targeting black-coloured tattoos. In a cabin obviously well disinfected, we wear gloves and protective glasses to perform the tattoo removal. During the treatment, the pain feels similar to a burning sensation, but fortunately it is extremely fast. At the end we apply a soothing healing cream before putting a compress on the area until you get home. Afterwards, we advise you to leave the area in the open air to dry.
The Do’s and Dont’s of Laser Tattoo Removal
- Choose a reputable and professional clinic
- Wait at least 8 weeks in between treatments
- No sun exposure during the treatment and after the sessions to avoid pigmentation
- Don’t pick on your tattoo or scratch your skin
- Apply water, cream or anything that isn’t prescribed by your tattoo removal technician
How many treatments are necessary to get rid of a tattoo?
The lenght of the protocol depends on:
- The ink that was used during tattoo application
- The colour of the ink
- Your body’s immune system
- The laser machine that is used. Typically, the Pico laser requires fewer sessions than the nano sessions, but is quite more expensive.
Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any side effects to tattoo removal treatments?
Side effects include: peeling, dryness of the skin and temporary swelling. Our laser tattoo removal is 100% safe and most of our clients only experience slight discomfort.