Q: Does it hurt during and after the treatment?
A: During treatment, some patients experience a slight sting similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin, followed by the feeling of sunburn. To minimize these discomforts we use a Cryo Zimmer, which blows freezing cold air on the treatment area before, during and after treatment. For some cases, an effective anaesthetic cream can be applied prior to treatment. Ice packs are also available.
Q: How safe is it? Are there any side effects?
A: Our treatments are only administered by Certified Laser Technicians. The PicoSure™ and MedLite® C6 are safe, non-invasive lasers that provide minimal risk of scarring, skin pigment changes, and discomfort during treatment.
It is common to notice white blotches on your skin immediately after each pulse of the laser. The area around the tattoo could also appear red and swollen. This is a natural part of the process and will disappear over time. To avoid infection and to maximize results, keep the treated area clean and away from sun exposure.
Q: How can I be sure that it will be successful?
A: Results depend on your skin type, the size and location of the tattoo, and the composition of the tattoo itself. In most cases, 95% or more of the tattoo is effectively removed. Your consultation will establish the number of treatments required to achieve your expected results.
Q: Aren’t there other ways to remove tattoos? What about creams?
A: Surgery is frequently an option where the tattoo is essentially cut out. The downside to this option is cost and, more importantly, virtually guaranteed scarring. Dermabrasion is another option which also causes significant scarring. And those creams you may see advertised? If they worked, we’d sell them.
Q: Why the MedLite® C6 laser?
A: We often hear of other establishments claiming that they have the “latest” or “best” technology. Before opening in 2010, we looked at all lasers available on the market, seeking the best laser for tattoo removal. The MedLite® C6 was a clear winner. There simply is no laser more effective with such a low risk of scarring. It also happens to work for all skin types. We figured as tattoo removal specialists, we’d better not offer the second or third best laser. Since that time, the PicoSure™ laser came to market, which completely changed the game of tattoo removal, removing tattoos just as safely in half the treatments. We were first to invest to give our clients the best.
Q: What about after treatment?
A: We apply Aquaphor and gauze to the tattoo immediately after treatment to protect the skin. We provide clear post-care instructions on how to care for the area after leaving the clinic. It is very important to keep the area free of infection and protect it from the sun for at least two weeks after treatment.