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Laser Tattoo Removal: Everything You Need to Know

Are you considering saying goodbye to an old tattoo? Whether you’re looking to remove a tattoo that no longer suits your style or you want to make room for a new design, understanding the process is crucial. Let’s delve into the intricacies of laser tattoo removal to help you make an informed decision.

What is laser tattoo removal and how does it work?

Laser tattoo removal works by using high-intensity light beams to break up the pigment colors of the tattoo ink. The laser energy penetrates the skin and targets the tattoo ink particles, causing them to fragment into smaller particles that are then naturally removed by the body’s immune system.

What factors affect the tattoo removal procedure?

  1. Contraindications for laser tattoo removal are pregnancy or trying to get pregnant, breastfeeding, active skin infections such as herpes, impetigo, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, recent tan exposure or tanning, cancer, heart condition, asthma, recent cosmetic procedures such as botox or dermal fillers within 2 weeks, facial treatments such as chemical peels, IPL, microneedling,  history of keloid scarring, photosensitizing medications, acne medications such as Accutane within 6 months; stop using Isotretinoin, Retin-A or Retinol 2 weeks prior treatment.
  2. Ink Color: Darker colors like black and blue are easier to remove, while lighter colors such as yellow and green may require more sessions.
  3. Skin Tone: Lighter skin tones generally respond better to laser treatment, as darker skin tones may be at risk of pigmentation changes or scarring.
  4. Tattoo Size and Age: Smaller tattoos tend to fade more quickly than larger ones, and older tattoos are often easier to remove due to natural fading over time.

How to prepare for the procedure?

Preparation steps:

  1. Avoid sun exposure and self-tanning products at least 4 weeks before the procedure.
  2. Shave the treatment are if needed.
  3. Avoid any irritant chemicals, soaps, or lotions on the day of the treatment.

The following aftercare steps are the most critical phase of your tattoo removal journey. Following them carefully will ensure the best possible results:

  1. Keep the treated are clean: Use gentle cleanser or mild soap and lukewarm water.
  2. Pat dry the area with a clean towel.
  3. Apply an antibiotic ointment or topical cream such as Polysporin® .
  4. Protect the area from the sun: Avoid direct sunlight and tanning beds, cover the area with clothing and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 50+.
  5. Avoid picking or scratching the area to prevent infection and scarring.
  6. Moisturize the area with gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer.
  7. Avoid sports activities, pool, sauna, hot shower and bath for a few days after treatment.

What are the potential side effects and risks after treatment?

Laser tattoo removal is generally safe when performed by a trained professional. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential side effects and risks to consider. Some of these include:

  • Redness and swelling
  • Blistering and Crusting
  • Scarring
  • Pigmentation changes
  • Pain and Discomfort
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Infection

While laser tattoo removal is generally safe and effective, it’s essential to understand the potential side effects and risks associated with the procedure. By choosing a qualified and experienced practitioner, following proper aftercare instructions, and managing expectations realistically, you can minimize the likelihood of complications and achieve the best possible results from laser tattoo removal.

How many sessions are required for laser tattoo removal?

The number of laser tattoo removal sessions needed varies depending on several factors, including:

  • Size and color of the tattoo
  • Depth of the ink
  • Your skin tone
  • Your body’s response to the laser treatment

For a more accurate estimate, a free consultation with our laser technician is required. Book your free consultation here.


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