How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
Laser tattoo removal prices are often ambiguous. We want to shatter that barrier and end the confusion.
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The number of treatments varies from person to person.
- Immediately after treatment, there may be “frosting” on the area that is treated. Redness and swelling is typical. Pinpoint bleeding may also occur.
- A cool compress may be applied and Tylenol is recommended for discomfort.
- The treated area should be cared for delicately until healing is complete and care should be taken to avoid trauma to the area for the first 7 days after treatment.
- Clean treated area daily allowing water or shower to run over the wound, and then pat the area dry.
- Apply Antibiotic ointment to wound area 2-3 times a day. Keep the area moist, and let the scab fall off on its own.
- Cover the treated area with a nonstick gauze pad (after Antibiotic is applied) until the wound is healed.
- Do NOT pick, peel, rub, scrub, or scratch at the skin in the treatment area throughout the healing process. If crusting occurs, do not shave or pick area.
- Although blisters and scabs can be a normal response to tattoo removal, most patients will not experience them. In the case that you do, it is important to not pop or pick at them. If the blister pops on its own, keep the skin over it covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring.
- No swimming or using hot tubs/whirlpools until the wound heals.
- Physical exercise that causes perspiration should be discontinued for at least 2-7 days after treatment as excessive perspiration may disrupt the healing process.
- Avoid sun exposure. When treatment area is exposed to the sun use a thick layer of 30+ SPF sun block with zinc oxide and reapply every 2 hours.
The safest and most effect tattoo removal method today is by a laser that emits fast pulses of light energy to shatter tattoo ink into smaller particles, which is then removed through your immune system, while not damaging the surrounding skin. The laser is calibrated to shatter one colour at a time.
With the appropriate laser and trained professional, the procedure is not only safe, but has the best track record for unharmed or damaged skin. Each patient’s treatment plan is thoroughly assessed, their progress is recorded and managed, and aftercare plans are always followed up with by our laser technician.
The procedure is slightly painful one as the ink is being shattered in the secondary layer of skin (the dermis). However, the pain does not linger after the treatment is completed. It can be comparable to getting a tattoo. Unlike a tattoo with a consistent lingering pain, the pain from laser tattoo removal is temporary, leaving only a warm feeling on your skin.
No, once the ink has been shattered, it will remain shattered. Each session will break up more ink particles into smaller granules which will make it easier for your immune system to remove. It can, however, take some time for your immune system to carry the shattered ink particles away.
Alternatives pose unnecessary risks. The technology and research studies behind the Q-switched lasers are decades old making it the gold standard in laser tattoo removal. Alternatives to laser tattoo removal include toxic removal creams and salabrasion which can harm and scar the skin.
It takes about a week for the treated skin area to heal. After your laser removal treatment session, keep the skin area covered with gauze and plain petroleum jelly (Vaseline). The petroleum jelly helps to seal and protect the skin and allowing it to heal. After this period the skin has typically healed and you can carry on as usual. One important part of the tattoo removal healing process to remember is to avoid direct sun or unwanted darkening of the skin. Using high UV protection is recommended during summer months.
Occasionally the treated skin area can experience collateral damage due to the exploding ink particles. Skin blisters are usually uncommon and don’t cause permanent damage. If the blisters are large, they can be drained using sterile needles at the clinic. We highly recommend you avoid popping blisters yourself.. It’s unnecessary and they will drain on their own during the first week after treatment. Blistering can manifest on some patients whose tattoos are very new, have very dense in ink (cover ups), or people with who are prone to blistering from sunburns.