Everything you need to know about Laser Tattoo Removal
In recent years, new medical and aesthetic technologies have made incredible progress. Finally, it is now possible to remove our old and faded tattoos! Several innovative methods have been able to completely remove the ink stuck to our skin. This new technique is called tattoo removal. We are now able to remove the ink pigments in our epidermis, leaving almost no trace depending on the method used.
What is tattoo removal?
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 different types of laser that exist on the market
The Q-switch nanosecond laser is a technique that has been known for about twenty years. It is slower and quite painful. Its results are only on black, not on colors and it does not get rid of some resistant tattoos.
The Picosure Picosecond laser is mainly effective on black and red colors and leaves almost no trace on the skin. The Picoway Picosecond laser has three wavelengths (1064 nm for black, 532 nm for red and violet and 785 nm for green and blue) and is the most effective on all colors but also the fastest. It requires fewer sessions and does not leave any scars.
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 color used, but we often average 6 to 10 sessions. In a cabin obviously well disinfected, we wear gloves and protective glasses to perform the tattoo removal. During the treatment, the pain is like a strong burning and deeper with each new flash of the laser, 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.
What to do after a treatment
First, no sun exposure during the treatment and after the sessions to avoid pigmentation. The treated area should be covered with an oily healing cream twice a day for a week, as the healing process can take a couple of weeks. The skin will also redden, swell and form a crust that should not be touched, otherwise it will mark the epidermis. The Picosure and Picoway lasers deliver very satisfactory results because the tattoo can be completely removed without scarring on any phototype.