LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
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About Laser Tattoo Removal
You thought it was permanent, but it’s not! Tattoos can be permanently removed at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic with the MedLite® C6 Laser.
Laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted tattoos on the body with therapeutic laser technology. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, the laser platform used is the MedLite® C6, one of the most advanced laser platforms in cosmetic surgery today.
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL Q & A
- When do I see the results? Patience is key! This is something that you must keep in mind when undergoing laser tattoo removal treatments. You will notice a gradual fading of the tattoo in the time following each session. Do not expect results to be immediate, as the dyes used in the unwanted tattoo are eliminated by the body in a natural process. How fast a tattoo fades depends on an individual's body and health. During each session, your medical aesthetician will take a photo so that you may monitor your progress.
- What kind of tattoos can be removed? Cosmetic tattoos (aka permanent make-up), amateur tattoos, and professional tattoos can be removed.
- Are there any colours that cannot be removed with laser? All colours can be removed; however those that are white will need more sessions than those that are black or blue in colour.
- How long after I get a tattoo can I have it removed? You should wait about one month for the tissues to heal and then you can proceed with your first laser tattoo removal session.
- What is the recovery like? Immediately after a session, treated skin may be sensitive and appear white or red in colour. In some cases you may blister after the treatment. Make sure to keep the area covered and apply a topical antibacterial ointment. There is hardly any downtime related to laser tattoo removal. You should be able to go back to work or resume most regular activities immediately after the procedure. Swimming, hot tubs, baths and extreme exercising are to be avoided 24 hours after treatment. You can shower, however you need to keep the area bandaged and sealed, as to not get it wet. As with all treatments using lasers, the treated skin should be protected from sun exposure. UV light exposed before/after laser tattoo removal sessions can increase your chances of scarring.
- Can I undergo tattoo removal if I am pregnant? No, if you are pregnant or breast feeding it advised not to undergo laser treatments for the safety of your baby.
- What are the risks? Like all cosmetic and medical treatments, there are risks related to laser tattoo removal. Aside from increased sensitivity, risks include pigmentation irregularities, infection and scarring. For those patients who are a skin type VI (6) on the Fitzpatrick scale, their risk to permanent scarring is increased, due to the large amount melanin contained within the epidermis of the skin.
- What are the side effects after the treatment? Most patients will have some degree of blistering, peeling and pinpoint bleeding. Others may swell and have slight bruising to the area that was treated. This will subside in a few days.
- What is a Q-Switched Laser? Well, the laser beam which is emitted by the MedLite® C6 can be delivered in pulses, which is what is meant by “Q-Switched”. These pulses of laser light are incredibly powerful. A Q-Switched laser is beneficial for laser tattoo removal because it more effectively breaks up the dye of the tattoo into particles that can then be eliminated by the body. Pulsed lasers are also used for laser hair removal. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, we use a Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser.
- Does laser tattoo removal burn the skin? It is understandable to think that the unwanted tattoo is “burned off”, because it is eliminated by the power of a laser. However, this is a fallacy. Laser tattoo removal works by exposing the ink of the unwanted tattoo to light energy emitted at a specific wavelength. The ink, not the skin, absorbs the light and disintegrates into particles that are then eliminated naturally by the body. Laser tattoo removal is not designed to target or damage the skin; it targets only the unwanted tattoo.