Pastelle® Laser Tattoo Removal
The Pastelle Q-Switched ND:Yag laser uses 2 wavelengths for tattoo removal. The longer wavelength (1064 nm) is invisible infrared light effective for destroying black and some blue pigments, while the second wavelength (532 nm) is green visible light and can selectively destroy red pigments and some brown and earth toned pigments. The pulse duration on these lasers is also shorter than other laser at around 10 nanoseconds.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does it work?
The laser delivers a very short (nanosecond) burst of light energy into the tattoo. The wavelength of the light and the amount of power delivered by each laser type varies among the types of lasers. The energy from the light causes the ink pigments in the skin to heat very quickly and then break apart into smaller pieces that are more easily absorbed by the body.
2. How safe is the treatment?
Lasers utilise a single wavelength to deliver energy to target tissue. Common targets in skin are pigments, blood and water. Q-Switched Lasers are a special category of lasers that can deliver energy in extremely short bursts. As a result, this unique property makes it an ideal laser for treating pigment-related conditions such as freckles, sunspots, birthmarks or tattoos. The ultra-short bursts of energy delivered by the laser disrupt the pigment-containing cells within the skin, leading to fading and clearing of the treated area.
3. Does it hurt?
There will be some discomfort during the procedure, which a few of our patients describe as quick tingling sessions, much like that of a rubber band snapping against their skin. To reduce your level of unease, there will be an air-cooling machine to release continuous streams of extremely cold air during the process, as well as numbing and anaesthesia creams available upon your request. For tattoos that span a bigger area, we also provide oral painkillers. Your comfort is important to us, and these are all options that we will discuss with you prior to your treatment, as we endeavour to ensure that your experience remains as safe and comfortable as possible.
4. Treatment sessions necessary
The procedure for the whole tattoo to be removed may take up to two to 12 sessions, depending on factors like skin type, location, colour, amount of ink, etc. Typically, amateur tattoos will require two to four treatments or more; professional tattoos will require six to 10 or more. The inks will lighten and fade after each session.
5. Duration of each appointment
The length of each session should only take a few minutes, but it is contingent on the size and number of colours the tattoo has. For us to better advise you, please contact us.
6. Interval between sessions
The interval between each session are spaced between four to six weeks. This is dependent on factors like skin type, location, colour, amount of ink, etc. We would much prefer to conclude your tattoo removal experience as soon as possible, but we have to let your body adjust and remove the fragmented ink pigments. This requires your body’s own biological processes and cannot be rushed. Due to this holdback, we would suggest that you begin treatment early.
7.Will the tattoo completely disappear?
For most of the clients that we have treated, yes. However, we have to emphasise that due to the spectrum of tattoos available in the market now (such as type, depth, colour of ink etc), it is difficult for us to predict how much of the tattoo we can lighten.
Some people choose to fix their tattoo, known as “over-tattooing”, using cover art to hide an undesirable ink. If you have one tattoo on top of an older one, extra laser treatments will likely be necessary as there is a high chance that there is a large amount of ink to remove (ink pigments from both tattoos).
Many tattoo artists encourage customers to have several laser treatments to fade an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This will greatly reduce the visibility of the old ink from the new one. We welcome advice from your tattoo artist about the desired degree of lightening, and about the exact elements that should be lightened or eliminated. Generally, you have to let the treated site rest for a month or two after your final laser treatment before getting inked in that area.
8.Are there any side effects?
Most of our clients do not report any side effects, but there are a few possible inconveniences you may encounter. Do keep in mind that while these effects are possible, they are few and far between.
During your treatment, pulses of different light wavelengths are produced to remove the ink pigments. This may also alter your skin’s natural pigment, also known as melanin. This results in hyperpigmentation, the abundance of colour on the skin at the treated area. This is a harmless condition where the treated area is darker than the surrounding skin. This darkening happens when there is an excess of melanin, a brown pigment that forms deposits in the skin and produces your natural skin colour. If you are concerned about this, there are cosmetic products available to help even out your skin tone. We currently do not have any products, but we are able to recommend you some.
The reverse may occur on the treated area, where the treatment clears your skin’s natural pigmentation. This is known as hypopigmentation, where the treated area is lighter than your normal skin colour. This condition may take some time before your skin’s pigment appears as it was again.
Based on what we understand from our clients, both hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation tend to be more bearable than the actual tattoo. Unless one knows where to look, the difference will not be obvious.
The treatment process will involve the heating up of ink particles in your skin, which may cause the tiny blood vessels around your tattoo to burst. This will result in superficial blisters that contain both water and pigments. Blisters are an indication that your healing process has begun, although they are not aesthetically pleasing and tender to touch. Take care not burst your blisters, and they should heal completely between three to 14 days.
Lack of complete pigment removal
As mentioned above, while we have achieved full removal results with most of our clients, there are some other factors that come into play when it comes to removing your tattoo. We will do our best to lighten the ink pigments, if a complete disappearance is not possible.
Keloids are an overgrowth of scar tissues that form around a wound, typically after the wound has healed. Keloid scars, which are areas of raised, thickened skin, can appear three to six months after treatment, but they are extremely rare. With the advances in our treatment technologies, permanent scarring is rare and happens less than 2 per cent of the time. If scarring does occur, it is usually subtle and can be minimised with Vitamin E oil or silicone patches. Be advised that you have to wait for your skin to fully heal before applying any cosmetic products.
To remove the chances of scarring after treatment, you have to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, get enough sleep and rest, and quit smoking. Taking on these measures will improve your body’s immunity, thereby aiding in your skin repair and enhance the speed in dissolving your pigments.
It is imperative to avoid your treated skin from direct exposure to the sun. UV (ultraviolet) radiation will increase the chances of scarring due to greater sensitivity and harm your skin’s pigmentation.
The risk of infection is low, if you abide by our aftercare instructions. This is because laser removal treatments do not break the surface of your skin. However, if you burst your blisters or scratch the treated area, there is an increased level of infection. If you suspect that you have been infected, contact us immediately.
8. What is the downtime?
Most of our clients are able to return to their daily routine (to work, school) on the same day or the next day after their treatment. We will be better able to advise you following your treatment.
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