Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattooing is a procedure that especially young people prefer to have with great desire. Permanent or temporary tattoos contain symbols that reflect the person's mood or have a meaning for people.
While temporary tattoos disappear over time, permanent ones last. Permanent tattoos, which were made with great desire and appreciation at first, may cause discomfort to people over time. For this reason, people who want to get rid of their permanent tattoos may need the help of specialists.
Removal of permanent tattoos from the skin surface was not a possibility until recently. People who are looking to remove their permanent tattoos due to issues such as allergic reactions, employment prospects or divorces can easily get them removed thanks to new technologies.
Surgical methods used to remove tattoos have now been replaced by laser applications.
Very successful and highly satisfactory results can be obtained by using Q-Switched Nd: YAG lasers. Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser transforms the ink of the tattoo into small pieces that the immune system can destroy, gradually lightening the color of the tattoo.
Reasons Why People Apply For Tattoo Removal
- Allergic reactions
- Reason for tattooing is no longer important or valid
- The negative impact of tattooing on employment
- Desire to have a new, different tattoo
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
Tattoo removal is done using laser beams, which pass the epidermis layer of the skin and are absorbed by the substances in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue that give color to the tattoo. Laser beams allow these substances to be broken down into smaller bits and be eliminated by the immune system.
Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers are among technologies that are effective in the widest color spectrum of tattoo removal, due to the different colors and wavelengths of its laser beams. While dark tattoos are more comfortable and easier to remove, lighter tattoos are more difficult to remove from the skin surface.
Results are achieved more easily with dark tattoos as they can absorb all kinds of lights.
Although most of the time anesthesia is not needed during tattoo removal sessions, local anesthesia is used for people with sensitive skin.
Can Every Tattoo Be Removed By Laser?
Success of permanent laser removal procedure depends on:
- Color of the tattoo and skin
- Type of dyes used in the tattoo
- Depth, density and application type of the tattoo
- When the tattoo was done
- Laser system to be used
Can Laser Tattoo Removal Be Applied To Everyone and on Every Area?
- Although tattoo removal with laser method is a safe method, it is not recommended in some cases. Laser tattoo removal is not recommended for:
- People who are under the age of 18
- Pregnant women
- Patients with Hepatitis B
- People with skin diseases
- People who have open wounds and scars
- Areas with eczema and fungal disease
- On skin tags
- On nose and ears
- Around eyes and eyelashes
How Many Sessions Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?
Laser tattoo removal is applied at intervals of 6 - 8 weeks. The number of sessions usually varies between 3 - 10 sessions depending on the color and size of the tattoo. The desired outcome is reached to a great extent with intermittent applications of the laser procedure.
Duration of treatment varies depending on when the tattoo was made. There are false beliefs that old tattoos are removed in a shorter period of time. However, the results show that new tattoos can be removed in a much shorter time.
In addition, another factor that affects the duration of the treatment is whether the tattoo is made by an amateur or a professional. Removal of tattoos made by professional people may take longer.
If poor quality dyes are used for tattooing, it becomes difficult to get 100 percent efficiency from tattoo removal.
However, in such cases, methods such as fractional radiofrequency or chemical peeling are used. Compared to light colored tattoos, dark and black tattoos are removed more easily.
Which Tattoo Colors Are Hardest to Remove?
Red, purple, green and yellow tattoos are among the most difficult tattoos to remove. People who have light and non-tanned skin with dark blue or black tattoos have a better chance at a successful laser tattoo removal.
What Kind of Tattoos Are Easiest to Remove?
Small tattoos and linear tattoos are more easily removed than other larger tattoos. In addition, black and white tattoos are removed much more easily than colored tattoos. Tattoo types which are removed the hardest with laser are large multi-colored tattoos.
Can Laser Treatment Remove Eyebrow Tattoos (Contour)?
Eyebrow contour, or in other words, eyebrow tattoo is a permanent make-up application that is applied to people whose eyebrow is sparse or not as desired, but it can disappear on its own over time. There are many methods to remove eyebrow contours, laser method is one of them.
Can Laser Treatment Remove Permanent Make-up?
Dyes with metallic substructure used in permanent make-up may pose some risks during the removal of permanent make-up.
Metallic dyes can darken when combined with laser light. In this case, an appearance that is much more difficult to repair may occur.
In order not to cause such situations, permanent make-up removal with laser peeling would be a more appropriate choice instead of tattoo removal. However, the laser peeling process may also have some risks.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Leave Any Scars On the Skin Surface?
Regardless of the type of tattoo, a small scar will be visible in place of the old tattoo. The scar tends to look like a slight white swelling.
If you want, you can get another tattoo made on this area. Areas which are particularly prone to scarring are the chest, upper arm, and ankle.
Is Tattoo Removal Painful?
Tattoo removal is a bit of a painful procedure, just like tattooing. The pain of tattoo removal performed with local anesthesia is less than the pain of tattooing.
Before Laser Tattoo Removal;
Extremely hot environments such as sunbathing, sauna, hammam and solarium should be avoided. If you have been exposed to such factors, treatment should begin 2-3 days after the exposure.
Warnings After Laser Tattoo Removal
After the application, the treated area is covered. The application area should remain closed for 24 hours and should not come into contact with water. The application area should be moistened daily and the crusts should not be torn off.
The application area should not be exposed to direct sunlight and excessive hot environments should be avoided during crusting and shedding for 2-3 weeks. No other procedure should be done until the wound completely heals (waxing, epilation, peeling, etc.)
What Are The Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal?
Side effects are very rare; patients can return to their daily activities immediately.
When laser light is applied to the tattoo, slight redness and burning sensation can be experienced in the tattoo area.
These side effects will disappear within a few days. In addition, the tattoo will become darker immediately after the tattoo removal session. Then, the color of the tattoo will lighten and fade over time.
Is It Possible To Partially Remove A Tattoo?
Partial removal of a tattoo is possible. The lasers and techniques used during the removal procedure are gentle enough to remove a text or pattern on a tattoo.
What Is The Price of Laser Tattoo Removal?
The prices of laser tattoo removal application may vary depending on the treatment area, size of tattoo and the clinic.
It should be kept in mind that the hygiene conditions of the clinic and the qualifications of the person performing the procedure are much more important factors than the price of the treatment.