Laser Tattoo Removal
Many people get their tattoo when they are young and regret the tattoo at a later stage in their lives: The passage of time might have negatively affected the appearance of the tattoo, or the once proudly displayed “body design” becomes a bother or problem to their lifestyle.
The tattoo might even stand in the way of a great new job or the perfect outcome of a very important event. Feelings of being marked for life and embarrassment are not uncommon then.
The good news is that whilst tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to effectively remove them using specific lasers – with minimal side effects. Laser tattoo removal is simple, safe, and produces fantastic results. *
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser Tattoo Removal refers to the non-invasive removal of tattoo ink pigment – using specific lasers. The laser breaks down the ink particles of the tattoo in the skin. The fragmented ink pigment is then flushed away through the body’s lymphatic system. Not all particles are broken down during one laser session. Hence, several treatment sessions are needed to effectively remove a tattoo. CapeMAC recommends between 6 and 10 treatment sessions, with intervals of at least 4 – 6 weeks.*
Each tattoo is unique requiring an individually tailored removal procedure to suit the patient. Bold and sizable tattoos with different coloured inks might take longer or might leave scars. Black or blue tattoos can usually be removed completely with minimal or no scarring.
CapeMAC uses the Q-switched 1,064 nm neodymium: YAG laser for tattoo removal. Being a medical practice, we can also effectively numb the area to be treated for greater patient comfort. The laser tattoo removal procedure is performed by well-trained personnel.
Frequently asked questions
The results - what to expect from Tattoo Removal?
Which areas can be treated?
Am I a good candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal?
How long is one Laser Tattoo Removal session?
How many sessions of Laser treatment will I need for Tattoo Removal?
We advise patients to plan for multiple treatment sessions over 6 – 18 months with intervals of at least 2 – 6 weeks to minimise risks. Your tattoo removal specialist will update you throughout your sessions.
What precautions should I take before the treatment?
How is the procedure done?
Will the laser burn my skin?
What is the recovery and downtime?
How do I best choose the right practitioner and practice for my tattoo removal?
What is the cost of Laser Tattoo Removal?
We hope that this helps you understand a little more about Laser Tattoo Removal and assists you in making a better choice for your aesthetic treatments. To find out if Laser Tatto Removal is the right hair removal option for you, please contact us at Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre. Also, if you might still feel anxious about the use of Laser for the removal of unwanted tattoos, Dr Manoj Bagwandeen will be glad to discuss any queries and questions you may have. You are welcome to visit with us at CapeMAC in Plattekloof, Cape Town for more information and to get further advice on looking and feeling even better.
* Please note individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.