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Everything you Need to Know about Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal can be a stressful process.  Sure, you’re not in love with the massive and maybe even slightly embarrassing tattoo on your neck, lower back, bicep, whatever, but you remember how painful it was to get. So how painful would it be to get rid of it?

We’ll we’re here to help you through the process and answer all those nagging questions. So lets start with the basics…

Is it going to hurt?

Okay, so we’re not going to lie, getting a tattoo removed doesn’t feel good, but it’s not half as bad as people would have you believe. It’s similar to hot oil touching you from the pan. It’s not, by any means, unreasonable.

Are there preventative measures I can take to manage pain?

Your therapist will allow you to use a topical anaesthetic cream prior to the beginning of your treatment which should help with pain.

Can I only remove a part of my tattoo?

The tattoo removal systems Spectrum has developed are quick and accurate no matter how intricate or thick the design is. Our systems will get great results without any difficultly and in a minimal amount of time.

How many treatments will I need?

This is all relative to the specific tattoo you’re getting removed but in general you should expect to receive anywhere from three to twelve treatments. The toughest colours to remove are typically greens and yellows.

What are the potential complications?

With Spectrum’s laser technology tattoo removal is much safer and more efficient than it has ever been. There’s no more sanding, burning or skin grafting that come with a long list of potential side effects but as with any treatment there is still the possibility of some side effects.  These complications may include burning, scarring, hypopigmentation and incomplete removal but these complications are rare.

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By |October 27th, 2015|Spectrum Blog|0 Comments

The truth about tattoo clearance

Any number of celebs are editing and removing older tattoos. We thought you might like the lowdown on what you can expect if you follow suit.

What is tattoo ‘clearance’?

It’s generally accepted to be ‘clearance of 95 % of the pre-treated tattoo’. So when we say tattoo removal, we generally mean tattoo ‘clearance’. There are no devices available that record 100% clearance – and this is important to note. For many years, however the Q-switched laser has been the go-to technology.

Are there tattoos that resist clearance?

Certain colours are hard to clear. Black is easiest and the most common colour, however the dense tribal tattoo designs, whilst certainly black in colour, are very difficult to clear and will take more treatments than the non-dense variety.

Why ‘Switch’?

There are 2 separate wavelengths produced in the clearance of tattoos by the Q-switched laser.

The 532 nanometre wavelength treats the red and orange targets in the skin. It is attracted to red and orange targets which includes ink, but can also include pigments such as age spots, freckles and sun spots.

The 1064 nanometre wavelength is a near-infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye. This is the wavelength that treats the black and dark tattoo inks.

Before treatment starts

Protective goggles are required by the operator and client and the treatment room should not have any mirrors. If there is anyone with you, they have to wear the goggles as well.

The practitioner treating should also have training at least to ‘laser safety certification’ level, and in some states more certification is required by law. You may want to pay attention to this because many insurance companies have a strong opinion on the cover they offer non-trained staff. If that opinion extends to ‘no cover’ and a problem occurs, this is a detail you will want to have checked prior. So do your homework; you are very entitled to check the name of the certificates on the wall matches your operator.

 

Pre care

Just like when you received your tattoo, the area will be cleaned before treatment and you may want to use a topical numbing crème for comfort. This can be purchased from a pharmacy without prescription. Other than that there is no specific preparation required.

 

Post care

There will be some inflammation after treatment. The treated area will also appear slightly raised – dress this area with a non-aqueous based, ointment and a flexi roll to protect for water, friction and injury.

Infrared red LED light for healing is recommended post treatment, at least weekly, to optimise the healing process, at least weekly to speed up the healing process.

When the surface layer is healing, and the dressing is removed, ensure you use a sun block to protect to healed skin.

Pain relief

This treatment will be uncomfortable – so prepare for that. A cooling device that blows cold air onto the skin during treatment will increase comfort. Numbing crème – apply 60 min prior and wrap in glad-wrap to infuse into the skin.

Number and frequency of treatments

Treatments 6 weeks apart – usually 6-8 sessions to clear a tattoo to 95%. Sometimes more depending on the colour, density and quality of the technology being used. Our trainers have indicated 6-8 is their usual program based on the Spectrum Nd;YAG.

Having treatments closer together won’t speed up the process. The lymph system, which actually clears the broken up ink particles, works on it’s own schedule and can’t be hurried no matter what the receptionist re-booking your appointment says.

AND NOTE

The Q-switched laser is used for tattoo removal but also for nail fungus, dermal pigment and epidermal pigment.

 

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By |May 5th, 2015|Spectrum Blog|0 Comments