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Tattoo Removal

 

 

"It seemed like such a good idea at the time…"

 

If you find yourself saying this very statement, you may be a part of the estimated 50% of people that regret getting tattoos and who desire to have them removed. The main reasons for seeking tattoo removal include embarrassment, lowering of body image, getting a new job or career, problems with clothes, being stigmatized or marking an occasion, such as a birthday, marriage or newly found independence.

 

What is it?

 

Tattoo removal is a non-invasive method to permanently reduce or remove ink tattoos on the face and body. Previous methods of tattoo removal included dermabrasion ("sanding" the area) and excision (cutting inked skin out of the area and, if necessary, grafting skin into the area). IYAC offers laser tattoo removal with the RevLite® Q-Switched Nd:Yag laser - the preeminent method for tattoo removal today - because it effectively removes the unwanted tattoo without harming underlying or surrounding skin.
 

How does it work?

 

Short pulses of intense, concentrated laser light are applied to the ink tattoo causing the ink pigments to fragment into tiny separate particles. The particles are then absorbed and removed by the body's natural filtering systems. The laser is designed to target only the tattooed pigments, without affecting the surrounding pigments and layers of skin.

 

Different laser lights are used for different ink colors. Black ink is easiest to remove, because black absorbs the full spectrum of light, whilst green, blue, red, and other colors require more targeted laser pulses.
 

Who are ideal candidates for tattoo removal?

 

Good candidates are people with fair to medium-light complexions who have darker ink tattoos applied sparsely and close to the skin surface. The laser light seeks contrast to target the appropriate pigments, so the greater the contrast (dark ink on light skin), the more effective the removal process and the fewer sessions needed. Also, darker ink fragments easier, as does less dense ink that is closer to the surface.

 

However, laser treatments can still be effective on people with darker skin and with varied ink colors. Dr Yeoh will evaluate your skin tone and tattoo type during an initial consultation to determine whether laser removal is right for you.
 

What types of tattoos can be removed?

 

Lasers can remove professional, amateur aka homemade, traumatic (after an accident), and surgical tattoos. Eyebrow tattoos and "permanent" make-up tattoos can also be removed through laser treatments.

 

Is tattoo removal safe? What are the possible side effects?

 

Laser tattoo removal is overall safe. There are normally no side effects, but rarely swelling, blistering, infection, loss of skin color, or scabbing may occur. If scabbing occurs, it usually subsides within two weeks. In most cases, skin returns back to normal within weeks of the treatment. With advances in laser technology and methodology, scarring has become very rare.
 

What happens during the treatment?

 

Local anaesthesia is used to numb the area prior to the application of the laser. The skin is thoroughly cleansed, and laser-protective goggles are placed over the eyes. The laser is applied to the skin in a specific and controlled manner. Afterwards, a cooling preparation is applied to the skin to reduce swelling and discomfort, and a protective barrier is placed over the treated area.
 

How long does each treatment last?

 

The duration of the procedure depends on the size and color of the tattoo that is to be removed. All treatments include a complimentary Gentlewaves® LED treatment immediately after to improve the skin's healing process.
 

Are the treatments painful?

 

The RevLite® laser emits light in very short pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a small rubber band on the skin. Generally, laser tattoo removal is very well tolerated. Anaesthesia creams are routinely used beforehand for maximum comfort.
 

What can I expect after a treatment?

 

After the procedure, you will be given anti-bacterial ointment and a dressing for the treated area. Occasionally, there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. The treated area should be kept clean. If possible, keep the area elevated to prevent swelling. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should never be scrubbed. If a scab forms it is vital that you do not pick it or scratch it.
 
Avoid the sun since the treated area will be extra sensitive to sun damage. You may feel a slight sunburn sensation for a couple of days and have redness for a few weeks. The treated area usually heals in 7 to 10 days.
 
Follow your doctor's instructions exactly as to what to do during the days following the procedure.
 

How do I prepare my skin for a tattoo removal?

 

Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before the treatment. Avoid using Retin A or other irritating skin products on or near the tattoo for three days prior to the treatment.
 

How many treatments are necessary?

 

Several treatments are required to reduce the appearance of the tattoo, with more needed to fully remove the tattoo in its entirety. Multi-coloured and professional tattoos are generally harder to remove than single-coloured or amateur tattoos, so they require more treatments.
 

In general:

 

  • Eyebrow tattoos require 1 - 2 treatments.
  • Amateur tattoos require 4 - 5 treatments.
  • Professional tattoos require 6 - 8 treatments

 

Treatments should be scheduled at 6-week intervals.
 

Price:

 

From S$200 onwards. All prices are subject to 7% GST.

 

Interested to find out more?

 

Email or call us at 6738 9989 for an appointment now.