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Getting a tattoo and removing it after might be more common than you think. That could be because some of us had too much to drink and lived to regret it the next day. Long story short, tattoo removal involves using lasers to break down the ink particles in the skin & melting them away.


Many people choose laser tattoo removal because it is a non-invasive alternative to traditional tattoo removal methods, but there are other significant benefits. Examples of these benefits include:


  • No scarring
  • Minimal swelling
  • No cover-ups after treatment
  • Fast and effective


Before getting rid of that ink, here are some fun facts about laser tattoo removal that you need to know.


Lasers don’t remove your ink; your body does


Because of the way tattoo ink is applied, which is by injecting it deep into the dermis, the mark will never fade. The lasers vaporise the ink into tiny particles to be absorbed by the body’s natural healing process.


The laser light used for tattoo removal works by heating the ink beneath the skin, which then causes it to break apart. To rephrase, the ink is first wiped away from the surface and then from the depths.


laser tattoo


As there are sometimes various ink depths within a tattoo, removal requires numerous sessions. More sessions will be needed to remove ink from a dark or bold tattoo than from a shaded tattoo with a lesser density of ink.


Lasers tattoo removal doesn’t burn your skin.


Laser tattoo removal is the safest and most effective tattoo removal method. It does not damage the skin or even scars. As mentioned, the pigments can only break down by being heated to certain temperatures. Your surrounding skin will remain undamaged as the tattoo’s pigment is only heated. When the heat hits the particles, it barely stays there for a fraction of a second before dissipating, so the energy leaves your body safely.


At Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic, we use Pico Laser. The tattoo ink is shattered into smaller pieces and then dissolved by the laser, the most powerful laser in its class. The laser’s high power and rapid pulse are responsible for this shattering effect (photo-acoustic).



In addition, the number of treatment sessions needed is drastically reduced compared to the usage of a traditional laser; for example, a black ink tattoo that would require 10 sessions with a traditional laser can be removed with a Pico laser in just 3-4 sessions.


The location of the tattoo matters


Blood circulation plays an essential role in speeding up the body’s elimination of pigment particles that have been broken down. As a result, the location of your tattoo affects how quickly your laser therapy will work its magic. Due to improved blood circulation near the heart, tattoos on the chest or torso tend to fade more quickly.


Tattoos on the extremities, such as the hands and feet, take the longest to fade. Don’t be concerned if your hand tattoo appears to be fading slowly; the treatment is effective, the results will take longer to appear than on other places of the body.


Tattoos differ significantly, and so does the removal


Different colours of a tattoo won’t all fade at the same time since different pigments respond differently to various light frequencies of the laser; hence the laser requires different settings.


Black is the easiest colour to remove as it is attracted to all wavelengths. However, blue and green can be challenging to erase; therefore, tattoos that primarily feature such colours may take longer to remove. When getting a multicoloured tattoo, it’s important to remember that it’s normal for some colours to fade more quickly than others.


The number of treatments necessary to erase a tattoo varies depending on its size, depth, colour, application method, and amount of time it has been there. For instance, a tattoo done by a more skilled tattoo artist might be simpler to erase since the colour is equally injected at the same level of the skin. Well-inked tattoos heal quickly, whereas tattoos of lower quality heal more slowly at first and can leave scarring, even if it is not visible to the naked eye. Scar tissue naturally makes tattoo removal more difficult.


Aftercare is important


Patients may experience some redness and scab at this time. Sun exposure should be avoided at all costs to avoid problems like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If you must be outside in the sun, use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.


Additionally, ensure to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and constantly use the medical-grade recovery creams that your doctor prescribes. This will significantly speed up your recovery. Remember that tattoo removal requires at least a few sessions; as a result, the quicker you heal after each session, the quicker your tattoo can be removed.




The important thing is to consult an experienced medical professional. Feel free to schedule a consultation with us today at Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic!


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