Laser Tattoo Removal FAQ

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Tell me more about laser tattoo removal.

Laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted tattoos on the body with therapeutic laser technology.At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, the laser platform used is the MedLite® C6, one of the most advanced laser platforms in cosmetic surgery today.

Who is laser tattoo removal for?

Laser tattoo removal is suitable for men and women who no longer wish to have an existing tattoo on their body. Ideal candidates are those who have no skin problems in the area the tattoo is located, such as keloid scarring or a skin disorder, and have realistic expectations of the procedure.

Those with a history of abnormal scarring may not be suitable for laser tattoo removal.

Does it hurt?

Laser tattoo removal is far less painful than other more traditional methods of tattoo removal. Similar to other procedures involving lasers, such as laser hair removal, many patients have compared laser tattoo removal to the light snapping of rubber bands against the skin. It may slightly sting, but it is not as painful as surgical methods. A topical anesthetic may be applied prior to the procedure to alleviate any discomfort.

How long does each session take? How many are required to achieve results?

This depends on several factors, including the size, colour and depth of the tattoo. The number of sessions required to achieve desirable results depend on these same factors as well. During a complimentary consultation with our patient consultant, you'll get a better estimate of the length of each session for you, which can range anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours.

Some colours do react better to the laser tattoo removal procedure. Darker colours, such as blue and black, tend to fade more quickly than lighter colours such as orange and green.

Tell me about the procedure.

Laser tattoo removal works on a fairly simple premise. The device used during the procedure, the MedLite® C6, emits a laser at a specific wavelength. Directed at the unwanted tattoo, the laser penetrates the skin to target the dye(s) of the tattoo. This breaks up the dye into particles, which are then eliminated by the body in the time following a session. The laser device has not been designed to target the skin – just the tattoo dyes.

What is the recovery like?

Immediately after a session, treated skin may be sensitive. As with all treatments using lasers, the treated skin should be protected from sun exposure.

There is hardly any downtime related to laser tattoo removal. You should be able to go back to work or resume regular activities immediately after the procedure.

When will I see results?

You will notice a gradual fading of the tattoo in the time following each session. Do not expect results to be immediate, as the dyes used in the unwanted tattoo are eliminated by the body in a natural process. How fast a tattoo fades depends on an individual's body and health. During each session, your medical aesthetician will take a photo so that you may monitor your progress.

What are the risks?

Like all cosmetic and medical treatments, there are risks related to laser tattoo removal. Aside from increased sensitivity, rare risks include hyperpigmentation, infection and pinpoint bleeding.