Pulses of high-intensity laser light remove your tattoo by breaking up the tattoo ink into extremely small particles. Your immune system’s white blood cells fight off the ink particles, and are naturally carried out of the body, resulting in a tattoo that is lighter in color or completely removed. Recent advancements in technology introduced new laser devices that can safely remove tattoos efficiently regardless of skin color or skin type.
Quanta Laser Technology enables tattoo removal of a variety of ink colors, and can remove stubborn pigments like red, purple, and green. The laser zaps the skin with intense concentrated light, which penetrates the skin to break up the ink particles without harming the surrounding skin.
At Undo Laser Skincare Clinic, we use only the best and most advanced technology to make the tattoo process easy and painless! The Quanta Q-Plus laser is the gold standard for producing excellent laser tattoo removal outcomes. The Quanta Q-Plus C laser uses three true laser wavelengths, Q switching and high consistent laser beam power to effictively break up a wide range of colors, even difficult dark blues and greens. Utilizing square beam technology, the Quanta Q-Plus C laser is able to distribute energy evenly throughout your tissue allowing for a more efficient breakup of ink particles while avoiding leaving hot spots which cause irritation and scarring.
There are other methods of tattoo removal such as dermabrasion and cryosurgery, but laser removal is widely regarded as being the most effective method to remove tattoos. A laser injects the skin with intense light, which penetrates the skin to break up the ink particles and leads to tattoo fading. The body’s immune system will then remove these pigments over time. The laser energy is harmless, and only targets the pigmented skin, leaving the un-inked surrounding skin unharmed. Similar to laser treatment, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) uses bursts of light as opposed to the concentrated light of a laser to achieve the same effect.
Multiple sessions are needed to break down the tattoo, the number of which depends on the size and scope of the affected area. As the body needs to remove the fragmented pigment (using scavenger cells), treatments are normally scheduled at least three weeks apart.
Tattoo removal is carried out using one of three Q-switched lasers, the Ruby, Nd:YAG and alexandrite lasers. Q-switching refers to the process of producing short laser pulses very quickly (some as fast as a nanosecond). This type of laser has developed over the past few decades to produce a high-quality removal that leaves behind little scarring. The Q-switched ruby laser is the most effective when removing black and dark blue inks, while the Nd:YAG produces both green and red light, making it effective in treating dark tattoo pigment as well as colours such as red, yellow and orange found in newer tattoos. Alexandrite lasers are successful in treating dark pigments, brightly-colour pigments as well as green, which can be a problematic colour and is often the only hue left behind after a treatment. Depending on your tattoo, your technician will assess which is the most fitting to use for the best results.
Taking over the counter products such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can help alleviate laser tattoo removal pain, although the product should not contain aspirin as it can cause severe bruising afterwards. Your laser removal technician may administer a local anaesthetic before beginning the procedure to help with the pain. Depending on the size and scope of the tattoo, multiple treatments can potentially result in blistering. You should keep your tattoo treated with antibacterial ointment and covered with a bandage after a treatment to reduce this risk.