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.
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.
Fading this brightly coloured tattoo required only 3 laser treatments to allow for new, coloured artistry to go over the top. The final decision as to how much fading is required lies with the client’s tattoo artist.
Increasingly tattoo artists are realising the benefits of fading a tattoo before attempting a cover-up. It allows them more freedom to design something that the client would like, without the restriction of having to fit it in and around old artwork.
Much depends on the depth of ink and the colours which are going over the top but often I have only had to provide 1 laser treatment to a client for their tattooist to be happy to start to cover up.