Laser Tattoo Removal – How It Works
Laser Tattoo removal – How it works
A tattoo is a containment of ink trapped within the underlying dermis layer of the skin. The tattoo process uses a needle to place ink pigments into the dermis layer of the skin. During the healing process, after a tattoo procedure, the body sees the large ink particles as a threat to the system. As a natural way of defence the body encapsulates the ink with collagen fibres which then holds the tattooed ink particles firming in place within the dermis. Normally the human body’s natural healing process would remove any foreign objects in the dermis, the tattoo ink trapped within the collagen however is too large a particle to be removed and is therefore held permanently in place. Laser tattoo removal break up this ink.
Redeem’s Laser tattoo removal service uses a device called a Q-switch laser. This device creates a very short pulse of laser energy that is emitted every 10 nanoseconds (1 nanosecond=1 billionth of a second). These very short, intense pulses of light energy are absorbed quickly into the ink pigments causing them to shatter and break up. The selective targeting of ink pigment means that no damage is done to the surrounding skin tissue. The lasers wavelength is configured so that exactly the right amount of skin penetration is achieved to best target the ink pigment in the dermis.
Two different wavelengths of laser light can be emitted by the laser enabling it to break up different coloured ink pigments. The infrared wavelength used breaks up black and dark blue inks whilst the green wavelength breaks up the red inks.
Immediately after treatment the top layer of the skin will appear white/opaque, this is the effect of the laser heating the fluid in the epidermis layer of the skin and will subside within 15 minutes of treatment. Because people cannot see the tattoo ink at this point and just the white/opaque area they often think the tattoo has been instantly removed, yet as explained above this actually happens over a course of several weeks after the treatment. Once the white/opaque area has subsided the skin will usually have some redness to the treated area. Entirely normal blistering, blood blisters, bruising and scabbing may also occur up to 8 hours or more after the treatment and should generally sound no cause for alarm. This is the body’s natural defence to the process being used to remove the ink pigments and shows that the immune system is working properly. An effective immune system is critical to ensure the fractured pigments can be expelled from the body to give the best possible results. Over the several weeks after the treatment it is important that the patient stringently maintains the aftercare procedures to reduce the risk of scarring whilst also reducing the redness more quickly.
After a single laser tattoo removal treatment the tattoo should start to fade. Redeem advise to wait at least 6-8 weeks after the area has been treated and wait until the area has fully healed before booking a further laser treatment. The longer you leave the area to heal the lower the risk of scaring on the next treatment and the more effective the immune system will be at removing the inks. Dependent on the tattoo location, size and pigment density etc it can take as little as 3 treatments to fully remove an amateur tattoo and up to 12 treatments to fully remove a large professional tattoo.
Tattoos containing colours other that black, blue, browns and reds can prove somewhat more difficult to break up, so for more complex tattoos Redeem clinic also provides the Rejuvi non-laser tattoo removal procedure that is able to remove all colour ink pigments.
This specialist tattoo removal treatment allows clients to have Rejuvi tattoo removal in Hull, Rejuvi tattoo removal in Sheffield, Rejuvi tattoo removal in Leeds, Rejuvi tattoo removal in Halifax and Rejuvi tattoo removal in our Leeds clinics. The laser tattoo removal service is only available in Hull.
With the introduction of a new Ruby laser machine Redeem Clinic are now also able to remove ‘green’ pigments using Ruby laser technology and are consequently one of only a very few clinics in the country capable of doing this