No more regrets
Having a tattoo may seem like a good idea at the time, but many people bitterly regret the decision in later life. There have been many methods available for removing tattoos in the past, for example surgical excision, skin grafting and dermabrasion, but all have major drawbacks, of which scarring is the most serious. However using laser technology developed by scientists and doctors and tested in extensive clinical trials, a new method is now widely available to the public.
What is the Q-switched ruby laser?
The Q-switched ruby laser uses the body's own defence mechanism to make tattoo pigment fade away - with great success as already demonstrated in thousands of cases and an editorial in the British Medical Journal stated that Q-switched ruby laser was the treatment of choice for the removal of tattoos.
How does it work?
Tattoos are made up of clumps of pigment scattered through the dermis, or lower layer of skin. Unable to cast out the larger particles of pigment, the body simply seals them off with a protective collagen wall to isolate them from the surrounding tissue.
The Q-switched ruby laser works by breaking up the collagen capsules and dispersing the pigment into smaller fragments. Following treatment, the body's natural defence mechanisms can then take over to remove the smaller particles gradually, over a number of weeks.
Unlike past attempts at tattoo removal, the Q-switched ruby laser does not cause rupturing, burning or lasting damage to the skin, consequently negligible risk of scarring as the tattoo fades away.
Will the treatment remove all colours?
No one laser will remove the range of colours that can be present in a tattoo, but we at Laserase are fortunate to have a number of lasers that deal with different colours. We have been removing tattoos since 1993 at our clinic. We are very experienced at what we do and our success rate is high.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of sessions required to remove a tattoo depends upon a number of factors including size, colour and type. This would be assessed during an initial consultation and examination at the medical centre, where treatment would be planned and the cost determined.
At each treatment the specialist traces over the tattoo with a laser. An initial 'whitening' above the pigment is the first sign of a good treatment reaction. This fades slowly over a few days as the pigment colour begins to reappear but lighter than before.
Treatments are normally spaced at eight to twelve week intervals to allow the body to remove as much pigment as possible and the tattoo continues to fade over the course of the several treatments.