FAQ - tattoo removal
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Common questions asked.
Q. How does it work?
A.Contrary to popular belief the laser does not remove tattoo ink. The absorption of high intensity bursts of light shatters the ink into microscopic pieces. The persons own immune system then attacks the tiny pieces and carries them away to be eliminated naturally.
Q. Will the laser remove all of the tattoo?
A. In many cases the tattoo can be completely removed, if not completely it will be significantly lightened (approx. 97% gone). Colours such as (grass) green, (sky) blue and yellow can be difficult to remove. The medlite laser is most effective at removing (dark) blue, black and red inks.
Q. How long does it take?
A. A series of treatments is required to achieve satisfactory results. As a guide, ‘homemade’ tattoos require approximately 1-6 separate treatments whereas professional tattoos require approximately 6-9 but this totally depends on the quality of the tattoo, ink being used and how old the tattoo is.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. The treatments may produce some form of skin reaction such as redness, swelling, pin spot bleeding or blistering. The area is dressed after treatment and normally heals within a few days.
Q. Is there any risk of scarring?
A. International studies indicate that there is a less than 1% chance of scarring. Broken skin can lead to infection which can then increase the risk of scarring, protecting the area after treatment considerably reduces this. Some hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyper-pigmentation (darkening) may occur during the course of treatments but this usually fades away approx within 6 months of treatment completion.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. The treatments can be painful. A local anaesthetic cream applied 1.5 – 2 hours before each treatment significantly reduces any discomfort. This is available at any chemist.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. For an accurate price please contact our lasertechnician for a free consult on 07-8270004