Colour and size of the tattoo, effects, number of treatment sessions, and safety
The colour of the tattoo is very important when it comes to choosing the parameters and technology that must be used to obtain the effect. Many clinics using cheap Chinese Q-switch lasers only have a 1064nm laser. This wavelength is only suitable for dark colours such as black and brown. However, a wavelength of 532 nm must be used for bright and very bright tattoos. What’s interesting is that even if you have a black tattoo, it also fades after a few treatment sessions, so if the tattoo is removed in a clinic where there is no proper technology for bright tattoos, there will not be any possibility to completely remove it. The laser works on the principle of capturing colours and so far there is no technology that would remove white. The laser reads this colour as lacking.
Can very large tattoos be removed?
Even the largest tattooed surfaces can be removed, but you have to divide them into several treatment sessions. A tattoo with an area larger than 150cm² should not be removed during one treatment session due to the invasiveness of the procedure and the potential inflammation. A further piece of tattoo removal can be performed after a two week wait, which is the period during which the area after the first treatment session will heals. The same applies to removing the tattoo freshly after having it done. You have to wait until the area where the tattoo was carried out heals. Intervals between laser tattoo removal procedures should not be performed in the same area sooner than after 6 weeks. It’s the time the dye needs to dissolve.
How many treatment sessions do you need for laser tattoo removal and what are the effects?
The amount of treatment needed to completely remove the tattoo depends on many factors.
1. Tattoo parlours use different dye colors The dye to make a tattoo, and each of them reacts differently to laser light.
2. Depth of the tattoo: the deeper the tattoo is made, the harder it is to remove. Failed permanent makeup is usually very shallow, so it can be removed with fewer treatments.
3. The colour of the tattoo: bright colours are more difficult to remove.
4. Professional or amateur tattoos: professional tattoos are usually done deeply, and the dye used is very strong, therefore the number of treatment sessions needed increases.
Of course, the power of the Q-Switch laser also has a big impact. You will find one of the strongest Q-Switches in the global market in our clinic. From our experience, 4 treatment sessions are enough for removing permanent makeup, and 6 – 10 treatment sessions are usually sufficient for tattoos. You can of course remove the tattoo “under the cover” – then about 4 treatment sessions are sufficient.
Is laser removal of tattoos and permanent makeup safe?
Although recently, in some circles there are statements that laser tattoo removal causes the body to absorb the entire dye, without its discharge, it is absolutely the opposite. All clinical trials indicated that after the tattoo was completely removed, the dye was discharged from the body. However, more and more scientific publications indicate that some types of dye are carcinogenic and are to be banned. Therefore, it is worth benefitting from laser tattoo removal despite the fact that probably the price of its removal is greater than actually carrying it out.
The procedure itself is noticeable despite the local anesthesia used previously. This is an invasive procedure, so it is very important for the person performing the procedure to select the parameters carefully and precisely. If the parameters are too low, no effect will be achieved, and if it is too high it can cause burns and even keloids. Therefore, when choosing a surgery, it is worth checking the quality of the laser, opinions and even asking if there are pictures available during or after the removal of the tattoo.
Q-switch before and After
Q-Switch post-Treatment Recommendations
- Sauna and swimming pool use are not allowed for 14 days after the surgery
- protect the treatment area from the sun’s rays
- avoid physical exercise for 7 days after treatment
- use creams with a UV filter and lubricate the skin
- skin irritation with cosmetics containing alcohol
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
- skin inflammation
- the use of photosensitizing drugs and herbs
- strong tan
- uncontrolled diabetes
- tendency to develop keloids
- bacterial or viral infection
- the use of self-tanning and bronzing balms