Tattoos remain on the skin because the ink particles are too large to be broken down by the body. The aim of tattoo removal is to reduce the size of the ink particles and allow the body to flush them away. There are different methods of breaking the ink down, the most prevalent being the use of lasers. PicoSure have replaced Q-Switched lasers as the strongest laser to remove tattoos. The size and colour of the tattoo affects the cost and effectiveness of the treatment. As a general rule the darker the colour the easier it is to remove. Different lights are used for different colours. Gold and white are very unlikely to be removed successfully. Pink and orange usually only fade with treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The laser will address the area covered by the tattoo. A sensation like a rubber band being snapped on the skin is felt. A local anaesthetic or cooling technique may be offered, particularly if the tattoo is in a sensitive area or very large. A session can last between 15 and 40 minutes. There may be redness or swelling after the treatment.
The tattoo may be removed entirely or diminished so it no longer offends.
Partial removal is often all that can be achieved and leaves the client on the one hand without the art of the tattoo while on the other hand not free from it. There may be some skin discolouration although this often fades over time.