Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo RemovalLaser Tattoo Removal permits the removal of most tattoo inks with a very low risk of scarring. Red inks and dark coloured indian ink tattoo removal with laser gives excellent results, bright green and paradise blue colours are most difficult.  The newest system - Q-switched lasers, are particularly advanced in the removal of dark blue, black and red inks. Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed just a long.

Earlier attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results, leaving behind scars in place of the tattoo. Q-switched lasers can significantly lighten or remove many tattoo inks.

Medical research has taught us which wavelengths of light to use and specifically how to deliver the laser's output to best remove tattoo ink. A light wavelength, which passes through skin, but is absorbed by most inks. The laser also delivers the light in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum ink destruction. This specific combination of wavelength and rapidly pulsed light results in minimal damage to the skin while providing maximum ink removal.

Ask also about our cosmetic surgery to remove tattooed skin.

Is the process painful?

The laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a think rubber band or specks of hot bacon grease on the skin. The large majority of all patients do not require anaesthesia but we will offer local anaesthetic if required.

How many treatments sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?

On average, professional tattoos require at least 6 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 3-4 treatments, all spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Rarely, even more than ten treatments may be needed.

Do all colours of ink disappear equally well?

No - dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?

In many cased, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.

What type of post-treatment care is necessary?

Occasionally there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment give to you by your physician. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should not be scrubbed.

NB The tattoo lasers are only available in Christchurch and Dunedin.

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