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Introduction to laser tattoo removal
Laser tattoo removal can be an effective treatment to permanently remove tattoos, though it is important to note that complete removal cannot always be guaranteed, as some tattoo pigments can prove difficult to totally eliminate.
In the past, tattoo removal was lengthy, sometimes ineffective with certain colours, and could – in the most extreme cases – leave keloid scarring. As laser is unregulated in the UK, it is important that you see a clinician who is fully-qualified and trained to treat you with these powerful lasers.
At PHI Clinic, we have three devices specifically aimed at removing tattoos: the PicoWay, Revlite and the Spectra.
What is the PicoWay?
PHI Clinic are proud to introduce the latest device from Syneron Candela: the PicoWay. It packs a powerful punch, but is also safe and extremely effective in its treatment of unwanted tattoos.
The Picoway device is the only one of its kind, delivering ultra-short pulses at high peak power, which in turn breaks down the pigment of unwanted tattoos and lesions. Because of its strength, patients see a more visible result after just one treatment.
By delivering pulses at a picosecond (a trillionth of a second), the PicoWay enables the physician to easily adjust the wavelength and the size of the treated area. This novel machine permits patients of various skin types to be treated, eliminating the risk of burns and keloid scarring.
What is Revlite?
Revlite from Cynosure is the next generation Q-switched laser technology – a multi-purposed, multi-wavelength laser which can deliver a number of different treatments. Its revolutionary PhotoAcoustic Technology Pulse® means that the Revlite delivers very narrow pulse widths at peak energy, whereas many aesthetic lasers on the market use longer pulses, subjecting the skin to excessive and potentially harmful heat.
Revlite has been cleared by the FDA in the US to treat a number of different indications. These include tattoo removal, wrinkle reduction, acne scar treatment and pigmented and vascular lesion removal.
What is Spectra?
All types of tattoos can be treated and with the Spectra laser it is possible to significantly lighten or completely remove tattoos without harming surrounding healthy cells. When particles of tattoo ink absorb the laser light, they are broken into tiny fragments, which are absorbed through the body’s natural cleansing mechanism.
How many sessions of Laser Tattoo Removal will I need, and how far apart can I have them?
Depending on the size, colour and whether it is a professional or amateur tattoo, the need for sessions can vary from 1-8. Some patients take better to treatment than others, but a realistic time frame will be laid out upon examination.
The PicoWay’s state-of-the-art technology means that treatment sessions have been reduced in number. Patients are seeing visible results with fewer sessions, due to its high power.
However, it is advised that patients leave 4-6 weeks between sessions, as ultimately it is the body that gets rid of the tattoo, not the laser. Patients need to allow for the body’s natural healing process to be completed before having their next round of treatment.
Am I a suitable candidate?
Skin types 1-6 can have treatment for tattoo removal at PHI Clinic.
Who will perform the treatment?
PHI Clinic’s Aestheticians perform this treatment for patients, and specialises in laser work for patients of colour.
What areas can be treated?
The device can be used on most areas of the body.
Is there any downtime?
Patients may see some slight redness in the treated area, as the pigment is broken down, but this should not persist for long after treatment. Patients undergoing laser treatment are always advised to protect their skin from the sun and to wear a good sun block.