With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get our bodies summer ready. However, this prospect can leave many people lacking in confidence. For some, thanks to a rash or questionable decision on body art, baring the flesh for summer can be an unsettling concept. Tattoos that were easy to conceal under winter layers are now on show for the world to see, and it can leave people feeling down about their appearance. People who are worried about an unsightly tattoo are ideal candidates for laser tattoo removal.
Laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic treatment that aims to fade and/or remove unwanted tattoos by penetrating the skin with laser wavelengths. Concentrated laser wavelengths effectively break-down pigments within the skin. Many patients report tattoo fading following the first treatment, with the tattoo fading more with each further session.
Results are determined by the type of ink the tattoo contains. Black is the easiest colour to remove, so patients often see a vast improvement in the intensity of their black ink tattoos within one sitting. Green pigments, however, are the hardest to remove.
At Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we use the Nd:YAG laser. It works by penetrating the skin with an array of laser wavelengths that are designed to break down different shapes of pigmentations. The amount of sessions required depends on the design and the quality of the tattoo. Some tattoos can be removed within only three or four sittings of laser treatment, while others may require six or more sittings.
Patients will experience some bruising and scabbing following treatment, which usually last for two weeks following laser treatment. During this period, many patients begin to see their tattoo fading. It is strongly advised that patients wait six weeks between each session, in order to allow the area to heal between treatments and therefore ensure best results.
You should consider the relative merits and drawbacks of laser treatment before undergoing it; there are some potential side-effects. These include the risk of infection, loss of pigmentation and darkening of the skin.
“Laser tattoo removal can be a transformative treatment. It allows patients to start afresh, and maybe undo some bad decision they may have made earlier on in life. If you are considering undergoing laser tattoo removal treatment, it’s important to do your research; patients should know all about what the treatment involves, the risks involved with the treatment and what they should be looking for in a practitioner.
“A great way to find out more information is to have a consultation with a cosmetic professional. Not only will it give you the chance to have any questions you may have answered, but it will also give you an opportunity to meet your cosmetic professional and build a rapport prior to treatment. Feeling comfortable and confident is fundamental to having a good cosmetic experience.”
If you would like more information about laser tattoo removal then book your consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic today; services are available in Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Thanet and Kent.