LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Tattoos have become a mainstream practice which has greatly increased the percentage of the population who have issues with those tattoos and, as a result, the need for safe and effective tattoo removal continues to grow.
The process of Laser tattoo removal with SKinTEGRITY is accomplished by the usage of the dual wavelength Q switch Yag. These 2 wavelengths allows us to remove blue and black inks as well as colors.
When the laser pulse is targeted into the tattoo, the ink ball is shattered. Some particles of the ink will travel upwards and be carried away by the body’s natural eliminations systems, some of the ink will travel down into the skin where it will be less visible or unseen completely. The ink that travels sideways is the subject of the subsequent treatments that are required to diminish or clear the tattoo. When the laser pulse hits the ink the reaction will be a frost bump which appears over the pulse. The laser will be set at the lowest point possible to produce this reaction and will need to be increased over time as the tattoo clears. There may be pinpoint bleeding and tenderness at the site.
The number of treatments required depends on many factors. The size of the tattoo, where it is located, the color, your skin type, if there is scarring and if it is a layered tattoo (one tattoo over another). The Kirby Desai Scale, which assigns a number to each of these parameters, gives the patient an approximate number of treatments that will be required to remove the tattoo. Your laser specialist will go over this scale in your consultation prior to treatment so that you will now approximately how many treatments you can expect to require and the cost per treatment. Treatments are usually spaced within 4-6 weeks apart depending on the tattoo and your overall general health. There is some discomfort associated with tattoo removal as was the case when the tattoo was applied. A topical anesthetic can be applied 30-40 minutes prior to the treatment and will be removed immediately before the removal begins.
The term “frosting” as it relates to laser treatments for tattoos and other types of pigmented lesions is not a medical term. However, it is a term that is frequently used amongst practitioners to refer to a more aggressive treatment of pigment using Q-Switched lasers.
When using specific settings with this type of q-switched laser has the ability to cause a temporary gas reaction on the surface of the skin when the melanocytes (cells that hold color) rise to the surface in response to the thermal energy. This very temporary appearance looks like a light coating of powdered sugar which is what we refer to as “frosting” of a lesion. This is the clinical end point of the treatment and in tattoo removal, once that frosting is no longer possible, it means the ink has reached the point where it can no longer be removed.
Post Treatment Care
Post treatment the area will be covered with a dressing which can be removed that evening. Bathing and showering can be done as usual but avoid exfoliation of the area until completely healed and comfortable. If there is any bleeding post treatment, an antibiotic cream can be applied to the area prior to the dressing. Keeping the area clean and following post treatment instructions will help to prevent the risk of infection.