Amateur tattoos – An amateur tattoo is normally formed using a single colour (India ink) such as black , brown and blue. They can be applied by someone using a needle and a bottle of India ink at home without under guidance of any professional tattoo artist. It is applied at varying depths and sits close to the top layer of the skin.
Professional tattoos – A professional tattoo is usually comprised multi colours and formed using a machine and maple ink. They use much stronger inks as compared to amateur tattoos. Colours in professional tattoos applied evenly to the layer beneath the skin that called as dermis. These tattoos are created by trained and professional tattoo artist at salon or tattoo parlour.
Cosmetic tattoos – Cosmetic tattoos are also known as permanent make-up. It involves the application of pigments into the skin which results in soft shades which imitate cosmetics(make-up). For example eyebrows, eyeliner and lip liner which are tattooed into the skin. It is an everlasting form of make up that removes the need to apply any kind of cosmetics on a daily basis.
Traumatic tattoos – Traumatic tattoos which are also known as natural tattoos occur due to an accident or trauma such as accident stab wound from a pen or pencil or grazes following a road accident.
Laser emits the energy that causes the tattoo particles to heat up and break down these tattoo particles into tiny fragments. Then within a period of 8-12 weeks, the scavenger cells of body ‘mop up’ these tiny fragments causes the tattoo to gradually fade over the time. Amateur tattoos generally responds more quickly to the procedure as compared to professional tattoos. Professional tattoos are more difficult to remove completely from the skin because the ink tends to be deeper in the skin. Bright colours which are being used for professional tattoos are difficult to remove as they do not absorb the energy. They usually take longer time to break down and need more treatments to completely remove the tattoo than black, blue and red colours in amateur tattoos.
Correct assessment of your tattoo including its colour, depth and location, along with correctly assessing your skin type.
– Some colours, such as red, orange and yellow, will require additional treatments.
– Tattoos where the ink is deeply set within the skin will also require additional treatments.
– Amateur tattoos will often require less treatments than professional tattoos
– Tattoos located in areas with poor blood flow may also require more treatments.
-Do not expose the treatment area to the sun throughout your treatment plan.
-Ensure that any fake tan, body moisturizer, makeup, deodorants or perfumes have been thoroughly removed as these can impact your results.
Most people feel some pain during the treatment, which they describe as being like ‘a warm elastic band hitting your skin’. They will feel discomfort immediately after the procedure because the treated area will be red, slightly elevated and the skin will have a frosted appearance but these side effects will settle down quickly. There may also be some minor bleeding from the area, but this will heal by own and there should be no further problems. Patients need between 4 to 12 treatment sessions to remove an unwanted tattoo and for the good results approximately 4-6 weeks apart.
– A dressing may be applied to the treatment area to prevent the area from rubbing on clothing; this dressing should be removed the night of your treatment.
– It is recommended to wear loose clothing the day of your appointment and during the healing process.
– Doctor prescribed ointment must be applied for a minimum of 7 days post laser treatment .
– SPF must be applied to all treatment areas and sun exposure must be avoided at all times while undergoing treatments.
– Avoid excessive physical activity, hot showers, pools, spas and saunas for up to 72 hours post treatment.
– To reduce this risk it is important that you do not pick, scratch or aggravate the area as removing a scab or blister can increase your risk of developing a scar.