What is worth knowing before laser tattoo removal ?
Interestingly, the idea of removing a tattoo is scarier than the idea of applying it. Our doctors often face such anxiety from clients, because the laser is a relatively new method in cosmetology. For example, you can remove a mole with a laser , perform waxing, or perform other skin smoothing procedures. We will tell you why laser tattoo removal is worth it right now, how safe it is, and what the risks may be.
Everyone has the right to make a mistake and, a tattoo is no exception: believe me, making a “inscription” on yourself is not fatal and correctable at all. Someone corrects the situation with the help of a “cover” (and very successfully), while others “fill” unsuccessful tattoos with black. And someone is even ready to give up on the happened masterpiece or wears it “for memory”.
Today we are interested in the most uncompromising solution – laser tattoo removal. It should be noted right away that people who decide to get rid of a tattoo pay large sums and pain for such a procedure . And since tattoos are now at their peak of popularity, it is not surprising that laser removal is also relevant.
Let’s figure out what the procedure for laser removal consists of, what secrets envelop it and who is it suitable for.
How does a laser work?
The laser has a wavelength that can reach the ink without affecting the skin. Under the influence of the laser, the pigment granules are crushed into tiny particles and removed by the lymph. The beam affects only the top layer of paint. So each session only one layer is removed, and there can be 3 to 8 of them. On average, the tattoo becomes 10-15% lighter in one procedure.
It is no more painful than getting a tattoo. In fact, with the help of a laser, even laser facial hair removal is carried out – this area of the skin is very sensitive. It all depends on your pain threshold: during the procedure, slight tingling sensations are felt. According to patients, this can be compared to burning with nettles.
How many procedures are required?
The pigment fades in layers, so the tattoo is removed in several procedures, layer by layer. The number of sessions and the final result depends on the quality of the paint, the depth of its application, the type of skin and also the master who painted it for you.
What result can you expect?
Beautiful and clean skin after a course of procedures. You can remove a tattoo of any size and complexity. We use a neodymium laser.
Removes tattoos for medical reasons or upon request.
- pregnancy and feeding
- strong tan
- cool tattoo
- light tattoo
- blood diseases
- infections in the body
Contact a serious company (you can see some in the ads on this site) for an individual consultation prior to laser tattoo removal. The specialist will prescribe the necessary tests and give recommendations.
How else can a tattoo be removed?
At the moment, a laser is the safest and highest quality way to remove pigment from human skin. However, there are other methods:
- Leather sanding. During the procedure, the skin is scraped in layers at the tattoo site. This is one of the earliest and most obvious ways to remove a tattoo. A wound remains on the body, which must be treated with an antiseptic. And even after its complete healing, the scars and scars remain in place.
- Surgery. Surgery can cut the layers of the epidermis. These operations can be performed for urgent medical reasons. Benefits: The tattoo is removed in one go. Disadvantages: scars and scars.
- Remover – It was popular in the past due to its relative safety. The skin is pierced with a fine needle and a biochemical solution is injected. No scars or scars will appear, but the risk of hyperpigmentation is high.
- A liquid nitrogen. You’ve probably heard of it if you’ve ever wanted to remove a mole or wart. A tampon moistened with nitrogen is applied to the tattoo, the skin is frozen until a scab forms, after a while blisters form that open and “wash” the paint. But the downside is that the paint goes unevenly and not completely. Very often, the procedure is repeated and this injures the skin.
IMPORTANT: do not try to do any of this yourself.
Laser removal is currently the most advanced method of removing unwanted patterns from the body. It does not harm the skin and allows to achieve a one hundred percent cleaning.
How many sessions does it take to remove a tattoo?
If you think it is enough to come to the studio once to mix a failed tattoo, we will disappoint you. Laser removal is not a complicated process, but it is time consuming. Several sessions will be needed with an interval of 30 days.
Why so long? To answer this question, you need to know how the laser works. The device acts on the deeply embedded pigment in the middle layer of the skin, the dermis. Under the influence of heat energy, the pigment is heated and destroyed, which promotes the removal of paint particles through the lymphatic system of the body. Use the laser on the layered tattoo, therefore, to completely remove the pattern, several sessions are required. The duration of the session depends on the area of the tattoo.
The speed and cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors:
- drawing area;
- type and color of pigment;
- location of the tattoo;
- skin type;
- laser wavelength.
The latter factor directly affects the comfort of the procedure. The new generation lasers have a wavelength adjustment function. It is matched to the type and color of the skin, reducing the duration and increasing the effectiveness of the sessions. There will be no scars or scars at the tattoo site.
Many people practice partial flattening, when a drawing is lightened or some of its elements are removed for further overlap with a new tattoo.
Preparation for the procedure
No complicated preparation for laser tattoo removal is required. We only recommend following some rules:
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight before and between sessions, as the tattoo may become more sensitive to the laser.
- Reduce your smoking dose.
- If there are inflammations and wounds on the skin, the procedure should be postponed.
Removal is not carried out during the exacerbation of chronic diseases, at elevated body temperature.
Contraindications to laser tattoo removal
- Infections, skin diseases.
- Herpes in the acute stage.
- Predisposition to the formation of keloid scars.
- Malignant formations.
- Blood clotting disorder.
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding.
There is nothing mysterious or unusual about the procedure. The client sits down on the couch, exposes the tattoo site, and the master punctuates the skin with a preset laser. To protect the eyes, both the master and the client wear special glasses. The session lasts 5-60 minutes, depending on the area of the drawing.
Skin care after the session
If you follow the simple rules of care, the treatment site will be restored quickly and without consequences, reducing the waiting time for the next session.
- If the treatment area comes in contact with clothing, it must be insulated to prevent chafing. Bandages and plaster won’t work – they stick to the skin a lot. Use a sterile, absorbent diaper cut to size. It can be worn for 3-4 days until the treatment site heals.
- Wash your skin every 3-4 hours with cool soapy water. To prepare the solution, use boiled water, not tap water – it can contain infectious agents that can easily penetrate through the destroyed protective barrier. After rinsing, apply Panthenol or another healing agent. With a pool, sauna and swimming in the sea will have to wait.
- Try to touch the processing area as little as possible. We understand that this is difficult, especially in the first days after the session, when the skin is very itchy.
Frequently asked Questions
Is it painful to remove a tattoo?
The removal procedure may be associated with unpleasant sensations, but it all depends on the individual sensitivity threshold. Some feel only a slight burning sensation, others – a pronounced tingling sensation, which can be compared with the procedure for epilation. But in general it is quite tolerable and less painful than getting a tattoo.
The use of a modern new generation neodymium laser completely eliminates the formation of scars or scars after the procedure. Moreover, the result does not depend on the method of tattooing – made with modern pigments or by an artisanal method, using burnt, stationery ink, which are introduced into the epidermis and dermis.
In most cases, yes, but depending on the quality of the pigment, the depth of application, individual characteristics, more sessions may be needed.
Difficulties can arise with colored pigments. Overlap may be required for these tattoos.
It is often very difficult to remove a tattoo made by professional paints, many sessions are required, and yellow and green colors are especially difficult to laser removal. In such cases, we advise you to lighten the tattoo with a laser, then overlap with another tattoo.
At least 3-4 weeks should pass between sessions. Most often, a second session is scheduled after a month. But sometimes it takes longer between sessions.
Under the influence of thermal energy, the pigment is heated and destroyed. The body’s own protective cells – macrophages – help in this. They “eat” the pigment and then remove it through the work of the lymphatic system.
The accumulation of pigment in the lymph nodes does not cause harm, does not cause cancer or other troubles, which has been confirmed by scientific medical research.
Pros and cons of laser tattoo removal
- There will be no scars;
- Painlessness – the sensations will not be more painful than when applying a tattoo on the body, a slight tingling sensation may be felt, in some cases anesthesia may be applied;
- High efficiency – the tattoo disappears without a trace after a full course of laser removal sessions;
- Affordable price.
- If the drawing is large and rich, then several sessions may be required;
- Rarely, but complications such as scarring, skin pigmentation or darkening of the pattern may occur;
- Immediately after the session, white bubbles may appear, accompanied by capillary bleeding, which disappear after 2 days.
- As you can see, the disadvantages are not big and not terrible, they arise quite rarely and only if you are doing the removal from a non-professional. Therefore, if you decide to remove the old tattoo of eyebrows, eyelids, lips or eyes, and the tattoo, then laser removal is for you.
What to expect during and after a deletion session?
If you carry out laser tattoo removal in a professional clinic, then the conditions there will be only outpatient – this is sterility, hygiene, efficiency.
If you are very afraid of pain, you will be given a pain reliever. The painful sensations will be akin to hot oil getting on the skin, but quite bearable. Then the doctor will conduct a laser tattoo removal session for 20 minutes. After it, you can return to your business, the procedure is not invasive, and therefore does not violate the integrity of the skin.
After the session, you will experience slight discomfort. This is normal for the first 2 days. If the pain is very disturbing, you can attach an ice pack. On the skin, at the site of a tattoo or permanent makeup, you may notice swelling or redness. Also white blisters or capillary bleeding. After a day, the white bubbles will be covered with a crust, which is strictly prohibited to touch (photo). After 2-3 weeks, these crusts will fall off on their own, in their place will be new, healthy skin (photo). After 5-7 weeks, you will notice that the tattoo pattern has lightened, and the skin has returned to its normal state. For small tattoos, one session is enough, and for larger ones, from 2 to 5, your cosmetologist will tell you the exact number. After the procedure, it is recommended:
- Apply panthenol or its analogs to the skin, and avoid getting water on this area of the skin for 2-3 days;
- Then, treat with panthenol 2 times a day, for 7-8 days;
- Never sunbathe, and use sunscreen (preferably with an SPF effect of at least 35). Failure to follow this recommendation can lead to skin hyperpigmentation;
- Do not touch or scratch the tattoo;
- Do not wipe with alcohol or alcohol-containing products within 5 days;
- Do not bandage or tape the tattoo area.
To reduce the risk of complications, we recommend not using the services of tattoo parlors, but contacting a qualified cosmetology clinic. An artist in a tattoo parlor without a medical education will never perform this procedure efficiently.
We hope we have helped with all your laser tattoo removal questions! Leave your comment or experience! Thank you
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