How long is a treatment session?
Generally speaking, a laser tattoo-removal session will last no longer than 30 minutes. However, we must assess your tattoo for the following characteristics: size, age, pigment colour, pigment type, pigment depth, design intricacy, and location on your body. After your first treatment session, we will have a much better idea as to how long your individual sessions will last. Also, you will have a better understanding of what your pain tolerance is, much of which will be dictated by the location of your tattoo.
Is laser tattoo removal safe during pregnancy?
While some clinics treat clients during pregnancy, we do not at YYC Laser Clinic. Our primary concern is both for your health, and for that of your unborn child. In addition, you should consider the hormonal changes that you will go through during your pregnancy—changes that sometimes involve skin pigmentation. We strongly recommend that you seek advice from your health-care professional prior to contacting any laser tattoo-removal clinic. And, we’d be happy to treat you after the safe arrival of your baby!
What are the possible side effects of laser tattoo removal?
Essentially, the removal of a tattoo involves creating a controlled medical burn with the laser. There is an immediate whitening of the treated area, which may last anywhere from several minutes up to several hours. Short-term side-effects can include: reddening, mild burning, temporary bruising and/or blistering. Within 12-72 hours, your skin will likely scab or crust, and this can last for one to two weeks or more. Your skin can be pink or pale after the scab separates. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area is common, but usually temporary. Your technician will discuss possible side-effects with you, and provide you with pre- and post-treatment care instructions before scheduling your laser tattoo-removal appointment.
Pre and Post-Treatment instructions
- Do not tan or expose unprotected skin to the sun for two to four weeks prior (including sunless tanning).
- Shave any hair in the area to be treated 24 hours prior.
- Apply an over-the-counter topical anaesthetic 30-90 minutes prior—or follow manufacturer’s directions—and then cover with a bandage or wrap ( Maxilene Lidocaine Cream Topical Anesthetic and Polysporin®work great!)
- Avoid harsh irritants or products—including mechanical and chemical exfoliation—on the tattoo area.
- Remove all makeup, lotion, and deodorant on the tattoo area.
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress over the gauze bandage several times a day (if needed) to help reduce bruising and swelling—can last from one hour to seven days.
- To help prevent infection, keep the treated area moist with an antibiotic ointment until redness and irritation subside
- Avoid washing the area for 24 hours as hot water and soap may cause irritation and delay healing.
- Avoid vigorous exercise, hot tubs, and saunas for two to seven days.
- Avoid exposure to sun and use a minimum SPF-30 sunscreen for two months.
- Seek immediate medical attention if: the area appears to be infected—honey-coloured crusting, oozing, and/or spreading redness; you experience unusual discomfort or bleeding; you have any extreme reactions such as fever, rash, difficulty breathing or other complications.