There are several methods of tattoo removal, for example, surgical excision and abrasion by CO2 laser or Erbium laser. But scar-free tattoo removal is possible only with the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser. Its selective mode of action destroys pigments without damaging the skin.
Tattoo Removal Laser Treatment
At the Centre Laser Sorbonne we use a Class 4 Medical Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser REVLITE from HOYA ConBio. This laser acts photomechanically. Very short pulses pulverize the tattoo pigments, enabling the body to eliminate them.
In addition to avoiding unsightly scars, this laser offers other advantages :
It acts on all skin colors, from the lightest to darkest
It preserves the skin’s texture, to the point that a new tattoo can even be made in the same area
A Typical Laser Tattoo Removal Session
As for all laser treatments, protective eyewear must be worn by both the patient and the doctor. The session is relatively painless ; however, an anesthetic cream may be applied to the tattooed area.
After cleansing of the tattooed area, the laser shots are begun.
The sessions are scheduled six to eight weeks apart. During this time the destroyed pigment will be progressively eliminated by the body.
The number of sessions varies, depending on the type of tattoo :
- Ritual tattoo : Two to three sessions,
- Amateur tattoo : Approximately five sessions,
- Professional tattoo : Sometimes ten sessions or more.
Laser Tattoo Removal : Potential Counter-Indications
- Pregnancy constitutes a counter-indication as a matter of principle.
- The tattoo must be at least two months old.
- The skin area must not be tanned (risk of hypo-pigmentation) and must not be exposed to the sun for two months after each session (risk of hyper-pigmentation).
After Your Tattoo Removal Laser Session Treatment …
A protective bandage is applied after each session and will be replaced according to a schedule determined by the doctor until the area heals, usually about eight days. In rare cases a temporary urticarial reaction (itching) may occur.
Tattoo Removal Laser Session Cost
It depends on the size of the area to be treated. Each session varies in price from 75 to 300 €.
Publication date: 2020-05-28