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A laser that is used for tattoo removal is highly focused and rapidly delivers a beam of light to the skin for the purposes of removing unwanted tattoos. The laser is attracted by darker colours found in the ink of the tattoo in preference to the lighter colour of the skin.
When the beam of the laser strikes the ink in a tattoo it shatters the ink into very fine particles. These particles are then no longer visible to the eye and become small enough to be absorbed and removed by the body’s own natural filtration (lymphatic) system.
The Ultralase Q-Switched Nd YAG Laser is specially designed for the purpose of tattoo removal. This laser allows very high-powered laser light to be delivered to the tattoo in a fraction of a second. This minimises any damage that could be caused by overheating the surrounding skin and hence any chance of scarring is greatly reduced.
Generally treatments are quick and clients experience only minimal discomfort.
A growing number of people get tattooed and bitterly regret the decision almost immediately or later on. What seemed like a good idea at the time can become a major problem later on. For some people having a tattoo can mean psychological distress. For others it can mean difficulty in securing employment or promotion. Some simply want to fade or remove a tattoo in order to make way for new ink.
Our clinic offers treatments with the Ultralase Q Switched Nd YAG Laser, which can remove tattoos containing black, blue, green and red inks within 6-12 treatments.
Anaesthetic creams can be used to numb the skin prior to laser treatment.
It is possible to completely remove or significantly lighten darker tattoos but it is not always possible to totally remove a tattoo comprising lighter inks such as white, yellow and sky blue.