Unwanted tattoos may be removed by using the PicoWay® laser. Difficult ink colours such as blue and green may also be effectively treated with this laser.
How does it work?
The laser removes tattoo ink by using specific wavelengths of light energy that pass through the skin and are absorbed by the tattoo ink. The absorption of the light energy by the tattoo causes the ink to break up into tiny particles with which the body can then deal. By switching among the wavelengths, different colours of ink are targeted.
How many treatments are required and how often?
A number of treatments are required in order to effectively remove the tattoo. The number of treatments required to remove a tattoo will vary depending on the type of laser used as well as the tattoo itself. Professional tattoos may take from 3 to 10 treatments and sometimes more to resolve, whereas amateur tattoos may require 1 to 2 treatments. The treatment interval will vary with the laser used and the area treated with most being done about 6 weeks apart.
Is it painful?
Some treatments may be done with the assistance of a chilled air blower or after application of a numbing cream. For many, a local anaesthetic injection may be required.