Tattoos: Getting rid of them through laser

Tattoos have been part of people’s lives for decades; done for religious purposes or even used as a tool to express one’s love or keeping in remembrance of sentimental moments once experienced.


Having a society that is more open to trying out different things it has made tattooing a thing of fashion and has been quite a trend to those who are as young as 16 years. As we all may know people go through phases that may see them making choices that they later on in life regret.

When people grow older they may be faced up with situations that may lead them in wanting to remove their tattoos. Amongst a lot –it could be due to employments reasons which have regulations against having or showing tattoos, regretting have a partners name on a wrist, experiencing allergic reactions to the ink or wanting something different. It may not all be impossible to undo choices of having tattoos, all thanks to the introduction of technologies like the laser tattoo removal procedures; this focuses on breaking up pigments colours of the tattoo with a high intensity light beam causing it to slowly lose shades of the ink and eventually getting rid of it almost completely.


For the procedure to be a success there are a range of things that need to be communicated between the patient and the person who will be performing the procedure. And these include:

Colour: the colour of a tattoo will play a big role in the number of sessions that are needed for the complete removal of it. Coloured tattoos are known to be harder to remove than normal ones. Skin colour also contributes as a factor in removing the tattoo; those with darker skin will find it easier for their tattoo to be removed as opposed to the light-skinned.

Size: patients should know that the bigger the size the more complicated the procedure thus needing more visits for the laser procedure. It is also important that you communicate whether the tattoo was done by a professional or not because those done by armatures are usually hard to remove than those done on a professional setting.

Age: how long you have your tattoos also impacts the process and the penetration depth of the ink too.

With the tattoo and skin colour, size, age and penetration depth being inspected it is then that an esthetician (professional specialising on skin) can determine how many sessions are needed in your case –it could vary from 3 to 20 or even more sessions and would typically have 3 weeks intervals for allowing the skin to heal. Breaking down the pigment or ink cannot happen in one session as it might cause trauma to the skin. On average one session may last from 15 to 45 minutes with prices ranging from R700 to R3000 or more per session. It is vital that those who are willing to undergo the process go into intense research; make sure that the esthetician or whoever performing the procedure is certified to do so and try getting reviews from previous patients.

This is a very sensitive procedure and requires for experienced practitioners; search for laser clinic that you will be comfortable in. You can expect side effects as the following:

  • You might come into contact infections hence it is important that everything is done in a sanitary environment.
  • Permanent scaring
  • Hypo pigmentations (area being lighter) or hyper pigmentation (area being darker)
  • Burns and wounds from skin trauma

Laser tattoo removal procedure is an outpatient process and will need patients to take care of the areas in the following way:

  • Keep treated area clean and dry; wash with soap and water a pat with a dry cloth)
  • Keep it covered-up
  • Don’t pick or scratch it
  • Protect from sun by using sun block of spf 25 or more for a period of at least 3 months
  • Use vitamin E ointment or hydration cream


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