What is laser tattoo removal?
Tattoo removal is a procedure used to eliminate unwanted tattoos. Most common ways to remove unwanted tattoos are done either through surgical removal, laser removal, as well as dermabrasion. Tattoo removals are a common treatment, as it is complicated to remove the ink that is beneath the first layer of the skin, making it more expensive then getting the tattoo. Here at Vanish Cosmetic Clinic, we provide laser tattoo removal in Richmond Hill, Thornhill, and Vaughan, using one of our top high-quality devices, PicoSure. PicoSure is one of the top devices used in tattoo removal, as it removes the toughest inks, has a short recovery period between sessions, can be used on all skin types, and can treat a range of colors.
What are the uses for laser tattoo removal?
Tattoo removal is used for a number of reasons such as:
- fading of tattoo pigment
- unwanted tattoo
- unhappy with results of tattoo
How does laser tattoo removal work?
With the use of our high-quality device, Pico-Sure, we are able to provide fast and effective results, leaving the skin with mild irritation post-treatment. During the treatment, a laser is used, releasing a single powerful pulse, that targets ink particles within the skin. Unlike traditional tattoo lasers which use heat to destroy ink particles, these skin particles shatter into tiny dust-like particles, and are eliminated naturally by the body.
How long is the downtime for tattoo removal laser treatment?
At Vanish, our Picosure tattoo removal laser device has minimal downtime with a little redness that would last up to maximum 24 hours. Depending on the skin’s texture, this treatment can have zero downtime. Our aestheticians will suggest you how many treatments you need after the completion of each session depending on certain conditions such the depth of penetration of the tattoo, whether it is old or new, the color of ink used and other skin factors.
What happens during the procedure?
A typical procedure lasts between 10-40 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo, the intensity of the pigment, the colour of the ink, as well as the location. At the start of the procedure, numbing cream is applied to the area being treated in order to help make the procedure more comfortable. After a few minutes go by to let the numbing cream sit, you will be given eyewear in order to protect your eyes from the laser during the treatment. After the treatment, the specialist will discuss with you when to come back for the next treatment, usually after about 4-6 weeks, depending on the recovery, as well as post-care instructions.
How many sessions do I need?
There are a number of factors that determine how many sessions are needed in order to get the best result. These factors include size, color of ink, location of the tattoo, and well as pigmentation, whether its highly pigmented, or fading, having a low pigmentation. On average, about 6-9 sessions within 4-6 weeks apart for recovery time are needed in order to reach optimal results.
Can I have my tattoo completely removed?
The removal of a tattoo is predominately determined based on the color of the ink that was used. If you have a black ink tattoo, this can be removed completely with numerous sessions, in order to give your skin time to recover in between sessions. On the other hand, color ink such as green, red, and yellow may be more difficult, and leave some pigmentation. Here at Vanish Cosmetic Clinic, we use a high-quality device, PicoSure, to help remove stubborn ink such as color ink, and focus on giving the best results.
How should I prepare for my laser tattoo removal session?
It is important before coming to your session, that you don’t do any tanning for a month prior to your appointment, whether it’s at a tanning bed or natural sunlight as this makes the treatment harder for the laser to distinguish between the pigment you want to eliminate and the increased pigment from tanning. It is also important to stop smoking two weeks before your session. Lastly, it is recommended to have clean skin, such as no makeup or any type of product on the skin in order to reduce any interference during the procedure.
cost of laser tattoo removal richmond hill?
Due to numerous factors such as size of tattoo, color of ink, intensity of pigmentation, as well as skin type, there is no set cost. On average, a laser tattoo removal using PicoSure ranges from $100-$700 depending on the tattoo itself. It is best to book a consultation appointment in which a specialist can analyze and give you a better estimate.
What should I expect after my session, and what are the post-care steps?
After any tattoo laser removal, you will notice your skin will be sensitive, irritated, and have a slight burning sensation as this is part of the process. It is important that after your treatment, the area treated on is not exposed to any UV, such as sunlight or tanning beds. If at any time you are exposed, sunscreen with a high SPF should be applied in order to protect that area from getting burned, resulting in an increase in irritation. It is also recommended not to touch, scratch, or use any abrasive products on the area treated as this will disrupt the healing process and prolong it. The only product acceptable to be put on the area is any type of hydrating cream to help the healing process. Here at Vanish Cosmetic, a product will be given to you by the specialist as part of the post-care steps.
What are the pros and cons of Laser Tattoo Removal?
The pros of Laser Tattoo Removal are:
- no downtime post-treatment as you will have mild side effects such as mild irritation, sensitivity, and redness
- it is the least painful laser tattoo removal device, making the client feel more comfortable during the procedure
- can remove difficult tattoo ink colors such as green, yellow, orange, blue and red
- better at removing previously treated tattoos
- can treat large areas quicker than other lasers
- uses a high-quality laser to shatter in into small fragments unlike traditional tattoo removal devices that use heat
- the treatment takes 10-40 minutes, unlike other devices that take longer
The cons of laser tattoo Removal are:
- like all other laser tattoo removal procedure, more than one session is required in order to help achieve the best result
What are the advantages of the Picosure laser treatment?
Increased efficiency: Each pigment removal session with Picosure is more effective, therefore, the total treatment time is shorter.
Optimal for all colors: The two wavelengths available to Picosure, 755 nm and 532 nm, effectively eliminate all colors:
The brown spots on the skin produced by the sun.
The different shades of black.
Tattoos of any color, even those that have been classically harder to remove, such as green, turquoise blue, orange or yellow.
Safe for the skin: The ultra-short Picosure pulse acts on the pigments without affecting the surrounding tissues.
Effective in small particles: Tattoos that have already been treated with other lasers may have small particles that are easily destructible with the PS laser.
Tattoo Removal before and after photos
What’s great about this procedure, especially with the PicoSure device is that it can be used on all skin types. It is recommended not to do this procedure during pregnancy or breastfeeding as there is not enough research determining whether it is safe or not. Also, if you do have any medical conditions, it is important to talk to the specialist and inform them of these conditions to see whether this treatment is safe. Here at Vanish Cosmetic Clinic, we care about our clients, and want to make sure we provide the best results in a safest way.
Everyone is different when it comes to pain during a procedure as there are numerous factors such as pain tolerance, location of the treated area, size of tattoo, intensity of pigment, as well as duration of the procedure. Patients may compare the feeling of a rubber band being flicked. Here at Vanish Cosmetic Clinic, we apply numbing cream before the treatment, as well as using our cooling system during the procedure in order to help give our clients a comfortable experience the best we can.
After the last session, like any other session, your skin will slightly be irritated, causing redness, inflammation, as well as discoloration. It is important after to follow post-care instructions given by the specialist in order to achieve the best results. This includes putting the product that the specialist will recommend on in order to keep the skin hydrated, as well as keeping that area away from the sun. The healing process depends on your skin, but with proper care, there will be no pigmentation of the tattoo.