Tattoos are a sign of our past. If a tattoo is being worn with regret, Border Medical Laser & Aesthetics can remove it with the most up-to-date Fotona® Lasers. The new ‘Frac Tatt’ method of tattoo removal is unique to Border Medical Laser & Aesthetics, and has proven to be outstanding in tattoo removal. All tattoos, including heavy black and multi-coloured tattoos, can be removed. Our Fotona® Q-Switched Laser and SP Dynamis ensure safe, effective laser tattoo removal.
The Fotona QX MAX Laser’s state-of-the-art, high-energy, single nanosecond pulse technology is vastly superior. This innovative technology allows very short pulses of intense light to pass harmlessly through the top layers of skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink. In turn this intense light power shatters the ink of the tattoo into minute ink particles that then will be picked up by one’s immune system [scavenger cells] and discarded out of the body.
Black is the easiest tattoo colour to remove. Every colour in the tattoo artwork will require a different wave length to specifically remove it. 1064 nanometers are required for dark pigment, 532nm KTP for red, purple and orange tattoo inks, 650nm for green and 585nm for sky blue-coloured inks. Border Medical Laser & Aesthetics possess the lasers, specific handpieces and the experience to tackle even the most complex tattoos including full sleeves.
Client Specific Treatment for Every Tattoo Removal Session
Several treatments are required to completely remove a tattoo. Every single tattoo requires a specific treatment plan. The size of the tattoo, its colour and characteristics of the ink will determine how many treatments will be required. Very large tattoos, including sleeves, will need to be divided up into regions and lasered at separate appointments to avoid complications. The latest Fotona® technology released from Europe in 2014 enables tattoos to be removed in about six to eight treatments.
Does Tattoo Removal Hurt?
There is some discomfort involved with the laser removal of a tattoo. But this discomfort is kept to a minimum. A client can purchase Emla cream, which is a topical anaesthetic cream that can be applied to the tattoo about an hour before your appointment. This cream can be bought at the chemist. Ice packs can be use during or after the treatment to help numb the region, so long as the laser consultant deems it safe to do so. At Border Medical Laser & Aesthetics, we have a Koolio Machine that is extremely effective in managing discomfort. It is a machine which blows out freezing cold air at -37 degrees Celsius. Using the above in combination ensures any discomfort is kept to a minimum.
Prior To Your Tattoo Removal
Every person wishing to be treated at Border Medical Laser & Aesthetics will require an appointment with our laser consultant. There will be a medical questionnaire to be filled out about your health and medications. Some medical conditions and medications will unfortunately exempt you from laser treatment. A patch test will be performed on your skin to ensure you are not photosensitive to the laser beam. 4-7 days after your patch test, we will commence your laser treatment.
Every person who undergoes laser treatment needs to keep the treated area away from sun exposure for about two weeks.
Considerations After Your Tattoo Removal
It is very important to keep your tattoo site well protected from sun exposure, rubbing from clothes and possible infection after your laser treatment. Usually, your tattoo site will be covered with a dressing. Over the next 24-72 hours, the site may leak a little bit of fluid, which is normal. It is your body’s way of healing and keeping the site clean. The dressing may need to be changed to ensure it remains clean. Another non-stick waterproof dressing can be applied. If you are at all worried about your tattoo site, do not hesitate to call our office or come in and see one of our nurses or our doctor. We are more than happy to see you at any time.
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