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.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to
all present, past and future customers. This year The Laser Clinic will be closed from 22nd Dec – re-opens 27th Dec and again from 31st Dec – re-opens 3rd Jan.
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.
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.
We all enjoy the sun but those thinking of coming for laser tattoo removal should be aware that it is not advisable to tan on the area to be treated. Modern lasers are very good at targeting only the ink pigment in your skin and not your skin pigment (melanin). However a tan increases the risk of your skin pigment also being targeted by the laser wavelengths and this could lead to hypo-pigmentation (loss of skin pigment), which results skin bleaching
. Although this is usually a temporary reaction which rectifies in around 4 to 6 months, occasionally it is permanent and therefore the risk should be avoided.
This is what you would expect to see after removing black ink. There is some hypo-pigmentation. This will disappear after 4 to 6 months when the skin replenishes. Crucially, there is no scarring and so it shows how important it is to be treated by an experienced laser operator and with a high quality machine.