Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are artificially placed pigments in the dermis. Depending on the type of pigment injected and the level of injection, tattoos require 2-6 treatments with a pigment laser (Q Switched Nd YAG) to erase. This laser is extremely safe and risk of scarring is extremely low as the laser is fundamentally a non-burning laser. Nonetheless, depending on the laser energy used and the type of pigments in the tattoo you may experience slight blistering or swelling for 3-5 days after treatment. The main problem with tattoo removal treatment is the pain when doing the lasering.

We often have to give local anaesthesia to make it almost painless but the process of giving the local anaesthesia injections especially for a large area is more time consuming then the actual lasering itself. Just using an anaesthetic topical cream is usually not enough for pain control. The laser fragments that large tattoo pigments into smaller pieces each time we laser and the body then able to remove these small fragments. Therefore, the number of sessions really depends on the type of ink used and the level that its been placed.

Tattoo that is done by an amateur is much easier to clear compared to one done by a professional. Most tattoo comes in dark blue color, that’s not a problem to clear. Even red is ok but we have to use a different type of laser that leaves a thin scab on the surface for 3-4 days. But green is a problem. This color requires a special laser – Q switched Ruby laser that is very uncommon. Most centers locally and regionally do not have this laser, so one can almost give up hoping to clear the green part of the tattoo.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 02:33 )