Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed just as long. Tattoos are easy to get but difficult to dispose of. Most people get tattooed and bitterly regret the decision later on. What seemed like a good idea at the time can cause a major problem in later life.
Today, tattoos can virtually be "erased" with laser technology. In fact, laser therapy is now the preferred method for removing tattoos because they produce superior results while minimising pain and reducing the chance of unsightly scarring. The VersaPulse and RevLite Laser system are clear leaders in safe laser tattoo removal.
If you no longer want your tattoo, now is the time to take advantage of this new breakthrough in laser technology. There has never been a better time than right now to make that change in your life. At The Aesthetic Beauty Centre we have these wavelengths specific for different coloured tattoos: 532nm, 585nm, 650nm, 694nm, 755nm and 1064nm.
VersaPulse Laser System
The VersaPulse and RevLite Laser Systems are a truly remarkable medical breakthrough as it provides different wavelengths of laser light enabling treatment of tattoos of different colours.
It uses specialised lasers that attempt to remove the pigment without damaging any of the overlying skin. Because laser light is colour specific, each laser only treats one colour. Therefore, a multi-coloured tattoo may require as many different lasers as there are ink colours present.
Tattoo Removal Procedure
In laser therapy, different colours of laser light are used to remove the various colours of tattoo ink. A laser-beam of light penetrates the skin and vaporises the pigment that is used to make up tattoos. Various colours of tattoos absorb various wavelengths of light. The red, blue and green colours of a tattoo all require different laser emissions for treatment.
In addition, darker colours like blue or black respond better to the laser due to higher light absorption than lighter colours such as yellow, orange and white, which do not absorb the laser light as well.
The laser light is selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment and breaks up the ink into small fragments that can now be carried away by the body's immune system. Each laser treatment removes some of the pigment and progressively more with each treatment until nothing remains of the original tattoo.
Tattoos are treated every one to two months. The reason for the time interval is so that the body can absorb as much of the pigment as possible before proceeding to the next treatment.
The number of treatments required depends on the type, colour and depth of the tattoo but we usually find that most require between 8-20 treatments for removal.
Amateur tattoos usually put on by the person themselves or in an amateur setting, may very well be pigmented at different depths within the skin, thus requiring more treatments or different wavelengths than usual to reach all of the pigment.
Will the tattoo fade completely?
In many cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible to predict the degree of removal.
Qualified doctors/nurses will discuss the procedure before any treatment, explaining any possible side effects.