How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser energy is delivered to the tattoo, targeting the ink and breaking it down into smaller particles. These particles are eliminated by the body’s natural processes, resulting in a lightening of the tattoo ink.
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
Laser tattoo removal with the PicoSure is the most comfortable laser tattoo removal treatment available. It is usually compared to the pain of an elastic band being ‘pinged’ onto the skin. Ultra-cold air is blasted onto the skin during treatment to minimise discomfort and it is said that the PicoSure is noticeably less painful than when the tattoo was first placed. If however, more is needed to make you comfortable, it is possible to use skin numbing creams or to have injections of local anaesthetic for complete pain relief. Your clinician will work with you on the best option for you based on your individual situation.
How many treatments will tattoo removal require?
The number of laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number of variables such as ink colour and type, size of the tattoo, lifestyle habits, etc. PicoSure laser treatment generally will work 3-4 times faster than any other laser treatment. A large professional tattoo will require more sessions than a small amateur tattoo.
How often will I need treatment?
It is advisable to wait about 8 weeks between treatments, in order to give the body a chance to absorb the shattered ink particles. The healthier you are, the better your immune system will work at clearing the ink from your skin.
Can I have only a portion of my tattoo removed?
Yes, the Picosure laser can provide energy precisely enough so that a small amount of a tattoo can be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo.
Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?
Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. We recommend that you wait six weeks between your last treatment and when you have the new tattoo done.
What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?
Blisters and scabs are a normal response to tattoo removal. These will usually heal over a period of 2 weeks. Keep the skin over the area covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring. Other possible side effects, such as swelling and infection, are uncommon and treatable. It is important to follow the advice that your clinician provides before and after the procedure, as this will improve the treatment’s effectiveness and minimise the risk of suffering from unwanted side effects, such as scarring or changes in pigmentation. Very rarely, this can be permanent, but fortunately there are treatment creams, which should minimise how noticeable this might be and the result is invariably preferable to the unwanted tattoo.
Can I go in the sun after laser tattoo removal?
The treated area should be covered from exposure to the sun for at least 4 weeks. It is also advisable to keep the area out of the sun for 4 weeks prior to treatment.
Is laser tattoo removal suitable for everyone?
Laser tattoo removal is not carried out on pregnant women. Not all cosmetic tattoos (such as eyebrows tattoos), are suitable for laser treatment. PicoSure can only be used on Skin Types I-IV so is unsuitable for Black/Afro Caribbean skin.