Ah, tattoos. They can seem like a such a good idea at the time. A funny tattoo on a whim, a drunken decision to get your friend’s name on your ankle, or something that at that moment held a lot of value to you. These are all tattoo types that are bound to change as time goes on. Maybe the joke tattoo causes you more frowns than laughs, you’ve drifted apart from the name etched on you, or your ink no longer represents the person you are. If you find yourself looking at a tattoo and wishing you could turn back time, then this might not be the first time you’ve considered laser tattoo removal. How does laser tattoo removal work, and could it help you with your unwanted artwork?
How laser tattoo removal works
Laser tattoo removal with the Private Skin Laser Clinic in North London uses Q switched Nd:Yag and Ruby laser technology. Basically, a concentrated beam of light is used at three different wavelengths to deliver energy into the treatment area. The laser is absorbed by the tattoo ink and heats it up so that the pigment particles break apart and are flushed away by your body. This leads to the tattoo eventually fading over a full course of treatments.
Which inks work the best?
Laser tattoo removal delivers highly charged light energy to the ink that is then absorbed by the pigment. This means that some inks and colours perform better than others as they are more susceptible to absorbing the laser light. Black ink, for example, is the best coloured ink at absorbing this energy and so is very susceptible to laser tattoo removal. Amateur tattoos, commonly known as DIY tattoos or ‘stick and poke tattoos’, typically respond well to treatment too because the ink isn’t deposited as deeply under the skin as professional tattoos are. Coloured tattoos, especially those that use green ink, are less likely to disappear altogether after treatment because their ink is less receptive to laser light absorption.
Laser tattoo removal aftercare advice
- A sun tan gets in the way of laser light and inhibits its absorption into the ink pigment. Avoid the sun and use strong sun protection before, during, and after treatment. It’s important that the area is kept as pale as possible.
- Be gentle with the treatment area until it has settled down to minimise the risk of scars. Try not to pick, scratch, or itch at the treatment area. It should not need a dressing as long as you can avoid irritating the area.
- Sometimes blisters form, and this is normal, but they should be left well alone if they do. Don’t pop or squeeze them as this could hinder your healing and open the door to infection. If you do encounter blisters, protecting them with a dressing would be wise.
- If you’re concerned about your treatment area for whatever reason, then contact the clinic for further advice and our medical professionals will be more than happy to support you.
Laser tattoo removal in North London has helped many people regain their confidence and stop hiding behind long sleeves, plasters, and strategically placed makeup. To find out how long your treatment will take and how susceptible your unwanted ink will be to laser treatments, simply book a consultation with us by enquiring online or on 020 7435 7521 today.