Extremely short pulse, Q-switched (QS) laser systems can successfully lighten or eradicate a variety of pigmented lesions. Pigmented lesions that are treatable include freckles and birthmarks including some congenital melanocytic naevi, naevi of Ota/Ito and Becker naevi. The QS laser systems can also selectively destroy tattoo pigment without causing much damage to the surrounding skin. The altered pigment is then removed from the skin by scavenging white blood cell.
How will my skin react to the treatment?
During treatment the tattoo will appear to have a white surface layer which is the first initial sign that the process is working. This is caused by the breaking down of pigment and the reaction to the laser, this colouring will subside within a couple of hours. Immediately after treatment the surrounding skin is likely to show a red discoloration and a small amount of pinpoint bleeding may occur. The feeling can be compared to a mild sunburn where swelling and redness may last for one week. Over the next few days a small amount of blistering may occur followed by a scab or thin crust, which should be left untouched to eventually fall off. The skin will remain red for a few days to a week or two and begin to heal on its own.
All of these reactions are a normal response to the removal process and the way in which the body begins to heal.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally the average required number of treatments varies from 3-8 depending on various indications. Dr. Megha Modi will guide you according to your skin condition.
What are post treatment care?
Post treatment care is vital to ensure the treated area heals effectively to achieve your desired results. The following steps should be carefully executed:
- Apply an aloe vera or antiseptic ointment to the treatment area
- Avoid direct sun exposure during the entire healing process and ensure adequate SPF sun cream is applied and/or clothing is covering the area (this includes tanning beds).
- Avoid prolonged exposure to water and avoid excessive heat in the skin for 48 – 72hours post treatment. Excess moisture will hinder the wound/scab from healing
- Avoid scratching, picking or touching the direct or surrounding area
- Cold packs or a cool cloth may be applied if further discomfort persists
Does tattoo removal hurt?
A client can expect to feel a level of discomfort however pain is an individual experience. Most may compare the pain to a flick from an elastic band.