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.
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.
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.
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.
I was asked to laser remove only the gold in this tattoo. This was the first gold tattoo I had treated. Common-sense suggested that I use the 532nm wavelength as it is absorbed by reds, oranges and yellows. When the client returned for a second treatment, I noticed very little fading which was disappointing. I decided to try the Ruby Laser (694nm wavelength) as an alternative. When my client returned, I was very pleasantly surprised to see such good results after just one treatment with the Ruby. Known to be invaluable in getting rid of stubborn blues and greens, it seems the Ruby laser also works well with browny-golds.
Here is an example of a tattoo after only 3 treatments. As you can see there is absolutely no evidence of change in skin condition e.g. scarring.
After 3 treatments
This shows impressive first treatment results for this customer 8 weeks after using our brand new Quanta Q Plus C laser.
- We used the 4mm square ‘optibeam’ head which means that each pulse from the laser covers a reasonably large area of tattoo. This makes for a quicker job without undue overlapping of laser energy.
- The wavelength used was, 1064 nm – ideal for dark tattoos like this one.
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After 1 Treatment