Lasers have become popular in removing tattoo by selectively targeting the pigment color. Lasers have become the standard Treatment because they offer a "bloodless," low risk, highly effective approach with minimal side effects. The type of Laser used generally depends upon the pigment colors. Most often, a Q-Switch Nd YAG Laser is used since it is capable of targeting many colors. However, for effective removal of a tattoo, multiple Treatments may be required. The effectiveness of Laser tattoo removal depends on the color and the depth of the tattoo. Tattoos that were done by professional responds better to Laser removal than tattoos that were made by amateur. Professional tattoo makers infuse the dye at a single plane beneath the skin compared to the amateurs. Homemade tattoos are often applied with an uneven hand and their removal may be more difficult. Professional tattoos made with some of the newer inks and pastel colors may also be difficult to remove entirely. Black and dark blue color tattoos respond very well to NdYAG 1064 nm Laser.
Laser tattoo removal is a safe, fast and effective procedure. The Treatment site is cleaned as in a surgical procedure. A local anesthetic agent is injected into the tattoo area to make the procedure more comfortable. The procedure takes about 10 - 20 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. A simple dressing is applied after the procedure. Clients are advised to keep the treated are dry and clean for a few days after the procedure. Following the Treatment there might be some discoloration, which will fade after a few weeks.
Normally an individual may require 3 to 8 Treatments, done once in 3 - 4 weeks for optimal removal of the tattoo. The number of Treatments depends on the color, depth and size of the tattoo. Repeated procedures will help to remove the tattoo with minimal discoloration or scarring to the adjacent tissue.
Side effects are generally minor, but may include skin discoloration, infection, incomplete removal or scarring. The discomfort can be easily managed by giving local anesthetic agent.
The cost for tattoo removal ranges from RM 400 onwards per Treatment, depending on the size of the tattoo.
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