Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Laser tattoo removal is an effective solution for removing unwanted tattoos.
Laser tattoo removal is able to remove a range of tattoos – from black to blue, to reds and greens.
At Centre for Surgery, we used Fotona’s Q-Switch Nd:YAG laser to remove tattoos.
This laser emits short pulses of light which safely pass through the skin and is absorbed by the pigments in the ink of the tattoo. This then breaks up the tattoo and the ink is then naturally absorbed by the body, causing the tattoo to become less visible.
There are numerous advantages to undergoing laser tattoo removal, including:
You will be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you have a tattoo which you are wishing to remove.
Laser tattoo removal is suitable for all skin types.
You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo laser tattoo removal.
You will need to have realistic expectations about what the laser tattoo removal can achieve.
Prior to undergoing this procedure, you will need to meet with the surgeon. They will be able to assess your tattoo and decide whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You may be considered more suitable for other procedures such as surgical tattoo removal.
Laser tattoo removal is performed using Fotona’s Q-Switched laser technology.
This laser has four wavelengths, making it perfect for targeting tattoos of all colours. The wavelengths of the laser include:
Laser tattoo removal using high-energy nanosecond pulses which are absorbed by the ink of the tattoo. The laser light is transformed into photoacoustic waves, causing the tattoo ink to break up into smaller particles. The body’s immune system then naturally absorbs these smaller particles.
The procedure may only take minutes to complete, however, this will vary depending on the size, depth and location of the tattoo, as well as the colours used.
This is a non-invasive procedure, so you will be able to return home straight after your procedure and can return to your usual daily routine.
You will generally need to undertake numerous sessions to remove the tattoo. The number of sessions required will vary depending on the size, depth, location and colour of the tattoo. On average, six treatments are needed.
It is recommended that you wait three weeks between treatment sessions to allow the body to fully remove any pigment residue.
The tattoo will continue to fade in between treatment sessions.
At Centre for Surgery, we perform laser tattoo removal with Fotona’s Q-Switch Nd:YAG laser.
This laser uses four wavelengths:
This means the laser can target all tattoo colours and is suitable for use on all skin types.
Laser tattoo removal involves using a handheld device. High energy nanosecond pulse technology is used to target the tattoo ink. Once absorbed by the ink, the laser energy transforms into photoacoustic waves, causing the tattoo ink to break up. The tattoo ink is then naturally absorbed by the body’s immune system, causing the tattoo to fade.
Due to the different wavelengths, all colours of tattoos can be removed with the Q-Switch laser.
Laser removal does not involve the use of any anaesthetic.
You may feel a slight discomfort while the laser is in use. However, the tattoo removal sessions are short and will generally only last a few minutes.
There are several factors which will determine how many tattoo removal sessions you will need. This includes the size, depth, location and colour of the tattoo. Your surgeon will be able to advise you on how many session you will need.
It is recommended that you wait at least three weeks in between each laser session. This is to allow the body enough time to fully remove the pigments from the tattoo.