Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Laser Tattoo Removal | Safe, Comfortable and Effective | The Aesthetic Studio Singapore

The Aesthetic Studio Clinic & Surgery provides safe, clinically proven technologies for effective Laser Tattoo Removal. Laser tattoo removal is now acknowledged as being the most common, least invasive, most comfortable and safest method of tattoo removal.

Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. While some people keep their tattoos for life, many people regret their decision to decorate their body and may want to have them removed.

It is estimated that 50 percent of those who get tattoos later regret them.
There are many reasons for wanting a tattoo removed. A tattoo may be holding you back from getting the job you want or keeps you from attaining goals you have set for yourself. You may have a gang-related tattoo and are no longer associating yourself with gang activities. Perhaps you may be looking for a fresh start in life. You may have an old tattoo that symbolizes hate or prejudice, but you’ve decided that it is time to let it those negative feelings go. Or maybe you are wearing a tattoo reminder of a past love and now you have a new special person in your life - it would be unkind to your new love NOT to get rid of the old tattoo. Removing a tattoo can be a positive change, and can relieve you of the burden of living with a tattoo you seriously regret.

Older techniques and early attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results, often leaving scars in place of the tattoo. With modern laser technology, removal of most tattoo inks is now possible with a very low risk of scarring.

What medical methods are available for removing tattoos?
Common techniques used are:

·      Laser Tattoo Removal: The tattoo is removed by selectively destroying the pigment colors with a high-intensity laser beam. Lasers have become the standard treatment because they offer a "bloodless," low risk, highly effective approach with minimal side effects. Depending on the tattoo inks used, multiple treatments may be required.

·      Dermabrasion: The surgeon "sands" the skin, removing the surface and middle layers of the tattoo. The combination of surgical and dressing techniques then helps to raise and absorb the tattoo inks.

·      Surgical Excision: The surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches or skin grafts. In selective cases, these techniques can be highly effective in removing some tattoos and allows the surgeon to excise inked areas with great control.

With modern techniques and technology, Laser Tattoo Removal is now acknowledged as being the safest, most effective, least invasive, and most comfortable method of tattoo removal. Laser techniques avoid much of the scarring associated with other surgical methods. Laser tattoo removal can be used for:

• Traumatic tattoos
• Amateur tattoos
• Professional tattoos
• Medical tattoos
• Cosmetic tattoos

How does Laser Tattoo removal work?

Lasers work by producing short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body's immune system. Because this procedure selectively targets the pigment, the surrounding skin is left unharmed.

Researchers have determined which wavelengths of light to use and how to deliver the laser's output to best remove tattoo ink. (If you're wondering if the laser might also remove normal skin pigment, don't worry. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin.)


Who performs the procedure?
All our laser procedures are personally performed by our doctor.

Is laser tattoo removal treatment painful?
For most people there is a minimal amount of discomfort involved in this procedure. Most clients describe the feeling as a ‘rubber band snap’ or ‘specks of hot grease on the skin’. We use a combination of numbing cream and cooling to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.

How many sessions of Laser treatment is required to remove the tattoo?
The number of treatments depends on several different factors such as the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. On average, professional tattoos require 5 to 6 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 3 to 4 treatments.

How often should I come in for treatments?
Laser tattoo treatments are best repeated at 6 to 8 week intervals. This allows your body to heal and the immune system enough time to remove the pigment.

How long does it take to heal?
The laser treated tattoo takes 7 to 10 days to heal much like a tattoo. The inked area will be slightly raised and the area around the tattoo will look reddish and feel warm, much like sunburn.

Will I have a scar?
Scarring is rare after laser tattoo removal; however, scarring is a possibility in any medical procedure involving the skin. If you are predisposed to keloids, or you scar easily, highlight this to our doctor at your first consultation so that further precautions can be taken. Compliance with our aftercare instructions will greatly reduce your chances of scarring.

Do all colours of ink disappear equally well?
Dark (Blue and Black) inks and Red inks fade the best. Orange and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove although additional treatments can produce significant fading.

Can eyebrow and eyeliner tattoos be removed?
Yes, definitely. We receive many requests for removal of eyebrow and eyeliner tattoos. These brown or black tattoos respond very well to Q-switched 1064 Nd:Yag laser treatments. For eyeliner tattoos, the eyes will be protected with special metal corneal shields during treatment.

Can I lighten my tattoo in order to cover it with another tattoo?
Yes. Tattoo artists refer many clients who request lightening their tattoos before cover up work is performed. This often allows for greater choice in new tattoo design and improves the final result.

What precautions (Post-procedure care) are required following laser treatment?
·     Avoid direct exposure to the sun. Use a sunblock (At least SPF 25).
·     Do not rub, scratch or pick at the treated area.
·     A thin coat of antibiotic ointment should be applied four times a day to keep the wound moist while healing.
·     A protective dressing should be applied if chaffing against clothing or jewellery irritates the area.
·     Do not apply make-up until the crust disappears. (Usually 2 to 4 days)
·     Avoid swimming and contact sport while any crusts are present.
·     If the treated area shows signs of infection (tenderness, redness, swelling or pus), notify our clinic immediately.

For a professional consultation on your tattoo removal needs, or further enquiries on the procedure, call our clinic for an appointment at (+65) 6440-1200.

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