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.
It is estimated that 1/3 of all Americans and New Zealanders from the ages of 18 to 40 have at least one tattoo. Although some of the artwork is astounding, there is always the odd tattoo that doesn’t fit with either your maturing personality, or surrounding artwork.
Laser tattoo removal was once the domain of only the rich and famous such as Khloe Kardashian, 50 Cent and Angelina Jolie. Now with properly trained registered nurses, rather than doctors administering laser treatment, it is a safe and cost effective option for everyone.
The Laser Clinic uses a cryo-chiller which is a machine that blows super-chilled air on the tattoo site before, during and after removal treatments. There are 3 reasons for this:
1) The chilled air helps to numb the skin before treatment, therefore making the procedure less painful.
2) When used during treatment, it assists with thermal relaxation i.e. it helps cool the treated tissue down quickly and therefore reduces the risk of blistering.
3) Used on the tattoo area for a period of time after treatment, it allows the skin to re-chill. Not only does this further reduce the risk of blistering but it also allows for a more comfortable journey home for the client.
Here is some information for those who have not yet started tattoo removal treatment, or are in the midst of treatment with a special occasion coming up for which they would like to be tattoo-free. Jane Iredale makes an effective tattoo concealer which can be bought at Trois On Allen, Wellington. It takes some time to apply and is quite expensive but is ideal for a one off event.
The tattoo removal provider in this video demonstrates by using a Quanta Q plus C laser (as mine) the accuracy in only targeting the tattoo pigment to be removed without damage to the skin. It is a simple presentation which illustrates that often pictures speak louder than words.
Most tattoo artists are now realising the benefit of fading tattoos with laser treatment before applying new artistry over an existing tattoo. It allows them and their clients to be more creative in what they can choose, without having the restriction of having to disguise the fact that there is a tattoo underneath. The artist’s workmanship appears more professional and the ink content of the new tattoo looks more even if the time is taken to remove some of the underlying tattoo.
Depending on the ink content of the existing tattoo, most tattoos are adequately faded enough for rework after only 2 or 3 treatment sessions.
Gift Vouchers are now available to buy for family and friends at The Laser Clinic.
A super gift – they are a great way to assist in financing the cost of tattoo removal.
Our vouchers are flexible and easy to use. The recipient can choose to fully fund the payment of one or more treatments using a voucher, or to part-pay multiple treatments.
Gift Vouchers expire when full amount is redeemed, or 2 years from date of purchase.