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Treatment

Prior to Our Treatment

It is important to keep the tattoo out of direct sunlight and ensure 30 SPF (or higher) sunscreen is used for four weeks up until treatment. Sun effected skin can result in additional discomfort and slow the healing process. Most importantly avoid any direct sunlight for at least 48 hours prior.

We also recommend that if you smoke to limit or cease smoking for up to four weeks prior to treatment. Smoking causes decreased flow of oxygen and can delay the healing process.
Topical anaesthetic or numbing creams can be used prior to treatment however it is important to apply to the area a minimum of 1 hour before hand to allow for the effect to take place.

Depending on where the tattoo is you wish to get removed, ensure loose fitting clothing is worn to avoid any rubbing or irritation after treatment.

Our laser tattoo removal treatment process

Tattoos are balls of ink that are injected into the superficial layer of the skin. These balls of ink are then stored amongst immune cells in the second layer of the skin (the dermis) where they get stuck and are too large to be carried away.

Extremely short nanosecond bursts of light energy penetrate the skin through the tattoo ink pigment leaving surrounding skin untouched. The laser passes beneath the first layer of the skin into the dermis (the second layer) where the ink molecules absorb the laser energy and are shattered into smaller pieces that are then absorbed into the blood stream. The body will then begin the process of harmlessly removing the ink through the lymphatic system which will take a minimum of 6 weeks for the process to be successful.

tattoo removal process

Each treatment will continue to target the tattoo ink pigment, each time shattering into smaller microscopic pieces eventually dissipating and allowing no visible particles. Just like the sun is attracted to a black t-shirt yet reflects a white one, the surrounding skin with no tattoo pigment will simply reflect the laser and remain unaffected.

During treatment the tattoo will appear to have a white surface layer which is the first initial sign that the process is working. This is caused by the breaking down of tattoo pigment and the reaction to the laser, this colouring will subside within a couple of hours.

Immediately after treatment the surrounding skin is likely to show a red discoloration and mild swelling. The feeling can be compared to mild sunburn where swelling and redness may last for one week. We will continue to cool the area at minus 40℃ using our optimised skin cooling machine.

Post Treatment

We will apply an antibiotic cream to the area and the skin will be covered with a loose dressing. It is then up to you to manage the treated area and encourage the healing process through proper care.

The following steps should be carefully executed:

 

  • Apply an antiseptic/antibacterial ointment to the treatment area and continue to do so 3 times a day
  • Keep the area covered with a new clean dressing for at least 2 – 3 days after to avoid infection. After this time, remove the dressing and allow the area to ‘breathe’ and assist in healing and scabbing. This is a normal part of the body’s recovery process.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure during the entire healing process and ensure spf 50+ sun cream is applied and/or clothing is covering the area (this includes tanning beds). Continue using sunscreen up until your next treatment.
  • Showering is acceptable after 24 hours, however it is advised that you avoid prolonged exposure to water and avoid excessive heat in the skin for 48 – 72hours post treatment. This includes direct water pressure from a shower, exercise, swimming pools, using a bath etc. Excess moisture will hinder the wound/scab from healing.
  • Avoid injury to the area
  • Avoid scratching, picking or touching the direct or surrounding area. Pain of itching can be eased by applying a vitamin E cream
  • Cold packs or a cool cloth may be applied if further discomfort persists. Be careful not to ice the area for too long as this may cause an ‘ice burn’.
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 weeks before your next treatment

We cannot treat you if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Using retinoids, Isotretinon (Roaccutane, Accutane, etc) –Must stop taking at least 6 months prior to treatment
  • Previous strong allergic reaction to the ink injection
  • Taking anticoagulants
  • Excessive skin bronzing/tanning
  • In a generally poor health condition
  • Wanting to treat an area that is in poor condition (abrasions, burnings etc)
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Coagulation disease
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