How does the laser work?
The laser uses a powerful light beam to damage the ink under the skin. There is no cutting of the skin.
The tattoo ink soaks up the beam’s energy and gets extremely hot for a fraction of a second. This is enough to break up the ink causing it to fade slowly. Over the next few weeks the body can clear these small particles of ink. When these are out of the way the laser beam can shine down to the next layer of ink.
Allow at least a month between treatments
After care steps to follow
There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. Most clients describe it as a cross between a bad sunburn and a new tattoo.
Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of day cream.
You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take pain relief medication, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)
Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
Feel free to shower 2 hours after the treatment, but take care to avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pool, or any form of soaking are not recommended for 2 weeks.
Wait 24 hours before carrying out any exercise as the overheating may cause increased swelling.
Wear a sun block with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment.
Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Keep the treatment area moisturised by using, for example, Vitamin E ointment or Aloe Vera gel.
If the area looks infected (honey coloured crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact me immediately.