When erasing does not help any more…
„Michael 4 ever“ is long gone? Or have you had enough of your old tattoo?
Latest laser technologies make it possible to remove your tattoo or dirt inclusions gently, scar-free and almost completely. In the case of a tattoo, it can also be brightened in such a way that it can be replaced by a new one (cover-up). Another application of this all-round laser is the removal of age spots.
Pigments are simply pulverized
Upon application of a tattoo, pigments are inserted into the skin’s dermis, remaining there in a depth of 0.5 to 2 mm. Since the pigments cannot be absorbed by the human body due to their size, they are isolated from the surrounding tissue and encapsulated by the connective tissue.
The laser makes it possible to bundle a very thin beam of light with highest precision and to break down the encapsulated ink particles into smallest fragments so that, consequently, they can partly be eliminated by the lymphatic fluid of the body and then excreted with the urine. Most of the ink fragments, however, are to be found in the crust that appears subsequent to the treatment and sloughs off after a short period of time.
The laser beam is especially effective when dealing with artificial pigments as well as the melanin in the skin (e.g., age spots on the back of the hand). Directed absorption can reduce side-effects as well as healing time.
Video of a laser treatment
In my office, I use the COSJET TR Laser, a high-energy Q-switch Nd:YAG laser of the latest generation. Thanks to the two different wavelengths available, even multi-coloured tattoos can be removed. Treatment with this technology must only be done by a physician.
Will it hurt? Are there any risks or side-effects?
Treatment is fast, usually bloodless, effective, and does not leave any scars. In order to make the treatment with the laser as comfortable as possible, a local anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin about 20 minutes prior to the session.
After the laser therapy, you will experience some redness and crust building in the treatment area. Other than after the application of a new tattoo, the crust may be treated with creams and removed.
Shortly after the treatment, a temporary white discoloration or hyperpigmentation may be observed. Both will normally disappear after a short period of time.
In very rare cases, small scars can become visible after removing the pigments. Usually, they were caused when the tattoo was applied.
What can be removed by laser treatment?
– Dirt and gunshot tattoos
– Permanent make-up
– Lentigines – age spots
How long will it take to remove my tattoo?
As individual as every tattoo, so is its removal. Thus, I will provide you with extensive information prior to your first session. Depending on the quality and the size of your tattoo, it may take between eight and twelve sessions before it is completely removed. It also depends on which pigments where used upon application. Self-made and dirt tattoos are easier to remove than professional ones with a lot of yellow and green.
Between the sessions, your skin will require about ten to 14 days of rest so that it can heal well. It might take up to a whole year from the beginning of the laser therapy to the complete removal of the tattoo.