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How Q-switched Nd: YAG Lasers work
Q-switched means ‘quality-switched’ and refers to the fact that this laser targets short pulses of light energy at a tattoo which cracks open the pigments.
The Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser delivers light of specific wavelengths in ultra-short (nanosecond), and very high peak energy pulses.
These pulses are absorbed by the pigment in the tattoo and result in an acoustic shockwave. This 'photoacoustic' effect shatters the pigment particles, releasing them from their encapsulation and breaking them into fragments small enough for the body to recognise as a foreign object and natural immune system them removes the particles of ink from the body, gradually fading over the following 4 to 8 weeks.
This treatment is repeated until removal, or satisfactory fading is achieved.
Laser Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have listed some of the common questions people have regarding Tattoo Removal, if you have any other questions, please feel free to email us, and if your question and our answer will benefit others, we can add them to this page.
We have tried to keep it brief, we go into this in far more detail in the Client Area you have access to when you become an Eclipse customer. It's not top secret information, we just wanted to keep this page as a simple overview.
Q - Can all Tattoos Be Removed?
A. Laser tattoo removal is very effective and can remove most tattoos although some tattoos respond better than others. There can be no guarentees though, as there are too many factors to guarantee complete removal, for example:
Type of Tattoo
Age of tattoo
Location of tattoo
Type of ink used (did you know that ther is no international standard for the manufactur of tattoo inks !!)
Depth of Ink
The clients healing ability
No tattoo is the same, Black and blue tattoos are the easiest to remove while the green and yellow pigments are the hardest. In many cases the tattoo can be completely removed but in a few cases a tiny amount of 'ghosting' of the pigment can remain.
Q. What Other Methods Are There For Tattoo Removal?
A. Prior to lasers becoming popular the following methods were used for the removal of tattoos, and some still are:
This process involves litlerly 'sanding' the skin to remove the surface and middle layers
The area is frozen with liquid nitrogen and deep layers are peeled off.
Under local anesthetic the tattoo is surgically removed and the edges sutured together. In some cases (especially with large tattoos) a skin graft may be necessary.
Basically a sailine solution is used to rub the tattooed area vigorously until deep red in colour, then covered with a dressing.
Q. Can anybody have their tattoo Removed?
A. No, certain medical conditions and medications will make exposure to the laser dangerous to the client.
A full consultation should be carried out before treatment to asses the clients suitability.
A comprehensive list of contraindications and relative-contraindications are available in the client area.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. The side effects are minimal but may include;
Some changes in skin texture
Hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin - skin types IV,V and VI more prone)
Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin)
Possible Infection and slight risk of permanent scaring.
Q. Does it Hurt?
A. The client will feel some discomfort, how much depends on the individuals pain threshold.
Some say it is no worse than having a tattoo, the most common association is likening it to being 'pinged' by an elastic band. For me personally it felt a little like the little splashes of oil i get when frying bacon !!
Q. How Long Does Treatment Take?
A. Each treatment session should only take a few minutes (obviously depending on size of tattoo) and anything up to 12, or even more sessions may required.
Each session will need to be 4 to 8 weeks apart.
Q. How Is The Area After Treatment?
A. Is is usual to experience some swelling and the area may be red, as if mildly sunburned, for several weeks. There may also be some bruising, and with deeper tattoos and a higher fluence, pinprick bleeding is not uncommon.
Q. Will Laser Treatment Leave a Scar?
A. Not normally, but there is a low risk of some residual scarring in a few cases. Some people are prone towards scaring, others are fine. Aftercare is very important and you must stress to the client to follow your aftercare advice and that they must not pick any blisters or scabs they might experience.
Q. How Do I Treat The Area After The Procedure?
A. Application of antibacterial ointment and bandaging are the usual after-care procedures. You can choose to recommend your own line of antibacterials, or to carry a third party line which you may be able to earn commissions on. Clients should apply the antibacterial ointment twice or three times a day, and try to keep the treated area elevated as much as possible, to avoid swelling