During your free test patch, a small patch of your tattoo will be exposed to laser treatment. This test patch will show whether you are suitable for full treatment.
After the test patch, you will have to wait 2 weeks before you can have your first treatment. On arrival, the previous test patch will be evaluated and if you are suitable, your first session of treatment can commence.
After your first treatment, you can book more laser treatments to further reduce/fade the tattoo. The number of sessions required for best results will vary depending on the density of the ink, the colour of the ink and the individuals immune system.
When you have a tattoo the particles of ink are too large for the body to destroy, so instead it encapsulates the particles of ink with a network of collagen fibres as the skin heals, and there the tattoo remains.
The laser emits a pulse of light that is preferentially absorbed into certain colours of ink. The light enters the skin at a speed that is too fast to heat the tissues (billionths of a second), instead, it produces a ‘shock wave’ effect and breaks up the ink particles into smaller pieces, the body then recognises these particles as something that shouldn’t be there and attacks it. The particles are then removed naturally via the body’s own elimination system.
A. Laser treatment has been described as the sensation of having a thin elastic band snapped on the skin.
A. A minimum of 3 sessions are recommended depending on the colour and size of your tattoo. The full results of each laser session will be visible around 1 month after treatment this gives the immune system time to fully dispose of the ink particles which the laser session has broken down.
A. The laser uses different wavelength of light to break down the tattoo ink for it to be removed by your immune system. Blacks are the most intense colour and are picked up by the laser the easiest, however coloured ink is harder for the laser to detect and therefore, it is harder to fade/remove. Some colours may show little result after the laser treatment but can still be faded to some extent. Some of the hardest colours to remove are orange, yellow and pink.
A. A standard session will last on average 5-10 minutes, however the time may vary depending on the size of the tattoo.
A.On your first test patch, no preparation is required before-hand. Whilst having your test patch session, the laser technician will provide the needed information for preparation of your first full laser treatment session. This may consist of a general anaesthetic in the form of a cream. This will be optional. You will also be required to shave the hairs on and around the tattoo before your first full treatment, however this is optional for the test patch.
A. After the initial test patch, you will have to wait 2 weeks before you can commence with your first full laser treatment. After your first full treatment, you should start to see some results within 4 weeks, as it takes 4 weeks for your body to start removing the tiny particles of ink from the body.