Getting a tattoo can be exciting for some, but it may have also led others to regret it. The usual reasons include dissatisfaction with the outcome, a change in career, a breakup or an angry parent. Whatever your reasons are for finally deciding to have it removed, the good news is that Laser Tattoo Removal is possible in Singapore! But it is not as easy as getting it done in a zap. There are certain things that must be considered to achieve safe and successful results.
At The Aesthetics Centre we base our approach on each patient’s needs and what we find upon your initial consultation. With the proper protocol and precautions, we pair our efforts with the technology that can effectively address your concern.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
A tattoo that is completed by a professional tattoo artist is done with the ink applied evenly on the skin. This makes it easy for the laser light to selectively target the ink and break it down into tiny particles, while leaving the surrounding skin virtually untouched.
The Laser Tattoo Removal machine used will be pre-programmed to deliver certain wavelengths to target various ink colors and shades. Like sugar cubes broken into tiny granules, the shattered ink will be naturally flushed away from the body through your immune system.
2. How Many Treatments Are Needed?
One treatment will not be enough as all tattoos have layers of ink that are stacked up on top of each other within the skin. A single Laser Tattoo Removal session cannot completely break down the pigment particles as some of these usually have thick concentrations.
At The Aesthetics Centre, we aim to address as much ink as possible in every session. Every treatment will result in a certain level of fading, although it is also possible that for some tattoos the fading may not be easily noticeable due to the dense ink concentration. We will be able to give you the number of treatments needed for your case after we are able to personally assess it.
3. What can I expect with this treatment?
Laser skin resurfacing can still be used to treat active acne inflammation and excessive oil production. It dramatically reduces the size and occurrence of nodular and cystic lesions. The procedure may create some degree of tenderness in the treatment area, but we can apply a topical numbing cream to offset any discomfort. Redness and itching are not uncommon after this procedure as it is simply a skin reaction to the heat of the laser. It is nothing serious as it resolves itself in a few days.
4. Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Most patients claim that the process is uncomfortable, but it is also tolerable. We assure our patients that we take measures to lessen the discomfort and any adverse reactions.
5. Will There Be A Darkening Effect After Treatment?
Yes, darkening occurs due to some of the ink that is used. Colors which contain white ink may darken or oxidize immediately after treatment due to the titanium dioxide. Inks that also contain iron will turn gray or darker. Fortunately, this can be corrected with further treatment.
6. Are Dark-Skinned Individuals At Risk For Hypopigmentation After Treatment?
People with dark skin have a higher risk of hypopigmentation because the laser may remove the pigment from your skin while it is getting rid of the pigment of the tattoo. However, it doesn’t mean that you are precluded from treatment, because with caution and the right techniques, hypopigmentation can be avoided.
7. What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Post-treatment symptoms may include swelling, redness, raising of the tattoo, temporary darkening, some blisters or bleeding. These are common and usually subside in a couple of weeks. This is the why downtime between treatments is a key factor for safe and successful results. Exposing the area to laser treatment again too soon can increase the risk of side effects, and may even create open wounds.
8. How Long Is The Downtime After Every Session?
The average time between sessions could vary depending on how your skin heals or reacts to the treatment. Some clinics even recommend a minimum waiting time of 8 weeks in between treatments, and even longer for those who are experiencing other side effects. Consultation is highly recommended.
9. What Should I Do After Laser Tattoo Removal?
It is important that you avoid sun exposure. If you must be outdoors under direct sunlight, be sure that you protect the area properly or apply a good amount of sunscreen. Avoid steam rooms, saunas, and jacuzzis, or even the gym the day after treatment. Keeping your body temperature at normal levels helps reduce downtime.