at The Laser Clinic.
Sunspots are a type of skin damage which occur frequently in the Southern Hemisphere. They are caused by over exposure to ultra violet rays in sunlight. This exposure causes hyper-pigmentation, or overproduction of melanin and appears as darkened spots or patches, mainly on the face, hands and lower arms. They are often referred to as sunspots, freckles, age spots or liver spots.
Laser treatment with a quality q-switched laser, such as our Quanta Q plus C, can fade or remove the darkened areas with your skin returning to it’s normal colour. It works by breaking up the darkened skin pigment into tiny particles which your immune system then removes. The result below is after only one laser treatment and highlights the success of our laser in treating sun damage.
With tattoo removal, you can make a difference to how someone feels about themselves. Nowhere is this more apparent than when removing certain facial tattoos. Generally tattoos are now acceptable in society but gang related facial tattoos come with the burden of your past being on display, even if you have moved on in life and attitude. I always feel privileged when I can make a difference in this respect and as you can see from the results of only one treatment, it won’t be long until this young man no longer has the visible signs of a past he wishes to leave behind.
Tattoo removal results are the corner-stone of our business. This photo illustrates the progress after only 3 treatments.
Our Italian made laser is simply fantastic. The Quanta Q-Plus C sets the standard by which all other lasers are measured. It has the combination of power and lightning quick pulses to disrupt the ink without harming your skin.
More tattoo removal results can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
The immune system does all the hard work in clearing treated tattoo ink. I am only a small part of the process. With flu season coming up, please keep this in mind. If you experience flu-like symptoms, it is best to cancel your tattoo removal appointment until feeling well again to prevent compromising your immune system.
Can I remove part of a tattoo, leaving the rest intact? Yes, this is possible as my machine has different sized hand-pieces to tackle large and small areas. I have 4 available sizes, 5mm, 4mm, 3mm and 2mm, all with square opti-beam technology to spread the laser energy evenly over the skin which eliminates the risk of scarring.
Nail fungal infections of the fingernails and toenails are a problem for many. Attached is a client’s photo following 4 laser treatments with our Quanta Q plus C. Laser treatment for fungal nail infections is becoming a commonly requested service for The Laser Clinic. The laser works in the same manner as with tattoo removal. The fungus mould is shattered into tiny particles by the laser and removed by the immune system, just as ink pigment is shattered in the case of tattoo removal.
Every day in New Zealand inferior laser machines are being used by untrained operators for tattoo removal with dire consequences. Local Authorities need to take action to prevent the continuation of bad practice. Please click on the link below to watch a video which highlights this issue. Incidentally, the interviewee, Ruth Nicholson, trained me at NZ Laser Training in Auckland and is extremely knowledgeable and proficient in what she does.
NZ Herald – Inferior Lasers for Tattoo Removal
For those considering laser tattoo removal, or presently going through treatment, here is some information on pain relief. Paracetamol may be taken before and after laser tattoo removal. It is not recommended that Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, (e.g. Ibuprofen) are used as they contain blood thinning properties which can cause bruising.
Winter is a great time to begin laser tattoo removal treatment. Your treated area is less likely to be exposed to the sun and a good amount of fading can be achieved before summer when people tend to wear short sleeves and pants again.
This is an example of tattoo removal frosting. It is caused by the rapid pulsed heating of ink pigment. Carbon dioxide gas is released and surfaces on the upper layer of skin (epidermis). It may look alarming but it is a positive reaction to the laser treatment. Frosting lasts around 10 to 15 minutes and then subsides.