Living with an unwanted tattoo can be a constant struggle; not only can it make you feel embarrassed about the tattoo itself but it can also have an impact on your daily life – whether that’s the clothing you feel comfortable in or the impact it might have on your employability. Our views on the world change as we get older and so do we as people, so tattoos that may have felt like a good idea at the time might not be representative, or even appropriate, any more. If you feel an unwanted tattoo is holding you back, laser tattoo removal treatment might be the solution for you.
Laser tattoo removal is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of unwanted tattoos by breaking down the artificial pigments within the skin that form the tattoo. At Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we harness the technology of a Q switched Nd:YAG laser. This laser penetrates the skin with several different light wavelengths, in order to effectively break down different shades of pigmentation.
The results of laser tattoo removal depend on the quality and colour of the tattoo in question. Blue and black pigments are usually the easiest pigments to eliminate from the skin, while green pigments are often the hardest. The quality of the tattoo can also impact the number of sessions a patient may have to have in order to gain the best results; patients wanting to remove a small or faded tattoo may only need to have laser treatment once or twice, whilst removing large, dark or coloured tattoos may require 6 sittings or more of laser tattoo removal treatment.
There are a wealth of benefits that lead patients to undergo laser tattoo removal treatment – the most obvious of which is the longevity of the treatment. Laser tattoo removal might seem inconvenient at the time, but it is one of the few cosmetic treatments that lasts forever. This is a huge plus for people currently living with unwanted tattoos – patients can begin to live their life without self-consciousness.
Although there are obvious and dramatic benefits to laser tattoo removal treatment, it’s also important to consider the potential risks and side-effects to the treatment too. Immediately following treatment, many patients experience swelling and bruising, which frequently develops into crusting or scabbing skin. This is nothing to be worried about – it is a routine consequence of laser tattoo removal and will subside naturally within two weeks of treatment. During the ‘scabbing’ period, patients may begin to notice the fading of pigment and the treatment beginning to work.
“When considering laser tattoo removal treatment, it is important to choose the right cosmetic professional for the job. There are many professionals that provide this treatment, and it can often be hard to know which provider is right for you. It’s important that patients undergo treatment with a fully qualified and experienced cosmetic professional, preferably with a background in dermatology. Cosmetic professionals with a knowledge of dermatology will have a greater understanding of the skin and ‘how it works’, and are therefore more likely to provide you the desired results in a safe way. Here at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, all of our cosmetic doctors, dermatologists and beauty therapists have a background in dermatology and are dedicated to providing the best results for all of our patients.”
If you would like more information on laser tattoo removal, book a consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic to speak to an expert. We have clients from all areas of Kent including Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Thanet and Kent.