Laser tattoo removal FAQs pt.1

Posted on 24 Aug, 2012

Laser treatment is now available to remove permanent tattoos of all shapes, sizes and colours. So, if you have a tattoo or have had semi-permanent make up eyebrows or lip liner etc that you now regret and you want to make a fresh start, you can use the treatment to remove all trace of it.

It is understandable to have questions before undergoing laser tattoo removal treatment. Luckily, we have the answers. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions relating to this treatment, along with the answers (continued in pt.2 of this guide).

What is laser tattoo removal treatment?

This procedure uses a specially designed laser to target the pigment (colour) of the tattoo, heating up and breaking down the ink into tiny particles. These particles are then removed by the body’s own immune system, causing the tattoo to fade. The reason that the ink in a tattoo is not removed by the immune system in the first place is that the particles are too big, but laser treatment takes care of this.

How long will it take for a tattoo to disappear?

Tattoos tend to fade gradually throughout a course of laser treatment, eventually disappearing altogether. The amount of time and the number of sessions you will need depends on the size of the tattoo and the ink used, but it largely depends on the colours in the tattoo, as some are harder to remove than others.

See pt.2 of this guide for more laser tattoo removal FAQs.