Laser Tattoo Removal With High Quality European Designed Equipment
You will achieve the best result from your tattoo removal when your practitioner is using a high-quality Q-switched laser that has a wavelength of light that can effectively target the colours in your tattoo. The Deka Duolite QS system is made by one of the world’s leading laser manufacturers and it offers dual wavelengths of light that target the main colours that are contained in many tattoos.
Dual Laser Wavelengths To Target Different Tattoo Colours
Different tattoo colours are targeted different wavelengths. The Duolite QS can removing numerous colours through an infrared wavelength (1064 nm) that targets black and blue tattoos. The Duolite QS is even effective in dark phototypes due to the low absorption of this wavelength by the melanin in the skin. The green light (532 nm) targets on red or reddish colours in tattoos.
Duolite QS can be used on professional, amateur, cosmetic, and traumatic tattoos. The different dyes present in the tattoo may respond differently to the laser treatment.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments will vary according to:
- the type of tattoo,
- the colour,
- the depth and the density of the pigment,
- the anatomical site on the body,
- the age of the patient and the tattoo.
Amateur tattoos usually respond better and are eliminated in from 1 to 4 sessions, spaced 4 weeks apart. More sessions are usually necessary for professional tattoos – on average 6 –10 – with 6 to 8 week intervals in between.
What results can be expected?
In many cases the tattoo completely disappears. However, this result cannot always be achieved if the tattoo contains diverse pigments with different depth and density characteristics. In these case an intense fading effect is likely to be expected.
Is the treatment painful?
The procedure does not usually require an anaesthetic. The effect of the laser is described as similar to the sharp ping of a rubber band on the skin. If required a topical anaesthetic can be applied before treatment on some body areas that are more sensitive or in the case of particularly sensitive patients.
What should be done after the treatment?
After treatment the treated area must be protected and medicated. An antibiotic cream is applied immediately after the operation and on the following days. Commonly oedemas or small scabs form and it is important not to pick off or scratch the scabs to prevent any possible scarring or dyschromies. The lesion usually heals in 4 to 10 days.
During the entire duration of the treatment it is important to keep the skin protected from the suns’ rays by using a total sun block.
What are the possible side effects?
When the right wavelength of laser light is chosen the laser beam selectively targets the pigment to be removed. This assists in safeguarding the surrounding skin and reduces the chance of scarring. In rare cases, especially with dark skin-types, there have been reports of hyper/hypopigmentation, which is usually transitory. In order to restrict the onset of this it is important to carefully follow the post-treatment instructions and avoid exposure to the sun. Some patients may develop allergic reactions and your practitioner will generally test patch a small area of skin a week or two prior to beginning the removal of the entire tattoo.
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