Having a tattoo may seem like a good idea at the time, but you might regret the decision later or indeed, you may have a trauma related tattoo. Leading plastic surgeons and dermatologists regard laser as the superior method for the removal of unwanted tattoos of all types. Depending on size and colour, the number of treatments you need will be assessed at the time of consultation.
The Harmony XL Pro™ laser tattoo removal treatment uses high power Q-Switched Nd:YAG 1064nm and KTP 532nm laser light treatment to shatter the ink pigments. Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibers. Q-switched lasers produce very short bursts of high energy laser light.
The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is able to remove. Because the laser energy is selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage. Six to eight weeks between treatments are required to allow the body to eliminate the damaged pigment. Therefore, the duration of your treatment course can be over several months.
Areas: Face and Body
Treatments: Professional and Amateur Tattoos & Cosmetic / Traumatic / Medical Tattoos
Summary of Your Tattoo Removal Treatment Procedure
Time: Various Back to Work Immediately
Anaesthetic: None / topical if required
Sensitivity Period: 7 days Visible Results Improvement after first treatment Number of Treatments Dependent on type/quality of tattoo – 5 or more Possible Side Effects Redness, bleeding, irritation, itchiness, blistering Duration of Results Permanent
Is it Safe? The Harmony XL Pro™ Tattoo Removal system is clinically proven to be both safe and effective. How does it work? Tattoo ink seen as a foreign body in the skin layer. Laser light targets the pigment in the ink that causes photo acoustic fragmentation of the ink particles. These particles are removed by phagocytes and drained out of the body through the lymphatic system.
Is the treatment suitable for me? Q-Switched Nd:YAG 1064nm and KTP 532nm laser light can be used on all skin types. However, prior to treatment a free consultation is carried out during which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. You will be asked to give informed consent and a small test patch will be carried out at least 24 hours prior to your first session.