A tattoo removal laser utilizes small pulses of light applied to the skin. Tattoo particles absorb the light energy, heat up and break into tiny fragments. Following the treatment, the body’s immune system removes the tattoo ink particles from the body, thereby lightening the appearance of the tattoo. The tattoo will lighten over time after each session until practically none of it remains.
The wavelength of light which is used will depend on the colour of the tattoo. Black ink is the first and easiest to remove, whereas coloured tattoos are more difficult and tend to take longer.
The number of sessions required will depend on the size of the tattoo, location and colour of the ink. Most tattoos need between 5 and 10 treatments for complete removal, with a period of 6 weeks between sessions. A period of time between sessions is required to allow the body to flush away the ink from the area of the tattoo.
Anaesthetic cream may be used for some pain relief before and after the procedure. Don’t let it bother you anymore, the sooner you start, the sooner it can be removed!