Signs & Symptoms
- Consisting of implanted ink, tattoos can be one of three different forms:
- Ornamental (esthetic in origin)
- Traumatic (resulting from an accident)
- Medical (used for precise positioning during radiotherapy)
- Permanent (eyeliner and lipliner)
- Laser treatment remains the safest and most effective way to remove unwanted tattoos
Tattoo Removal : The New Picosecond Era
Laser treatment remains the safest and most effective way to remove unwanted tattoos. This procedure, which causes no bleeding, selectively targets the ink pigments used to color the tattoo. When the pigments absorb the intense laser light, they fragment into minute particles that are naturally eliminated by the body within a few weeks. Once burned, the tattooed area forms a crust or scab which falls off after a few days.
Most patients require no anesthetic for laser-assisted tattoo removal. They may feel a slight stinging similar to the quick snap of an elastic band, followed by a localized burning sensation. The size, location, depth and color of the tattoo will determine the number of laser treatments required for its complete removal. Treatments generally last from 10 to 30 minutes, with a four- to eight-week interval between each to allow the body time to eliminate the pigments.
Following the procedure, the treated site will appear whitish and the surrounding tissue slightly red and puffy, with optimal results visible within about five to six weeks post-treatment. However, it is important to know that the ink used in some tattoos, cannot be entirely erased, even after multiple laser treatments.
The new picosecond laser can reduce the number of treatments needed by 40%.
We were the fist clinic to offer the PicoClear laser technology to canadians.