People get tattooed for a variety of reasons: as a way of identifying themselves; to stay on-trend; to symbolise a memory. But what happens if the way to identify yourself alters? What do you do when fashions inevitably change? How do you rid yourself of the permanently inked memory you wish would fade?
Harpenden Skin Clinic offers award-winning Harmony XL Laser Tattoo Removal. Harmony XL sends light energy to the skin which is selectively absorbed by the particles of tattoo ink trapped in the dermis layer of the skin.
As the ink absorbs energy, the particles split into tiny fragments which are removed by your body’s immune system. Different wavelengths are used to target the different colours in tattoos.
Tattoo removal can be a lengthy process. The number of sessions needed to remove the tattoo depends on skin type, tattoo size, colour and location. Eventually, the ink is broken down so much that the tattoo can no longer be seen
Tattoo Removal is one of my favourite treatments because seeing the results and the client very happy is so rewarding!
A common misconception is that tattoo removal is incredibly painful. Yes, the process is uncomfortable, but most patients compare the pain to that of getting a tattoo. Before and after the procedure, numbing cream will be applied to the skin to keep discomfort to a minimum.
This changes with every case. The size of your tattoo, its location and colour, the amount of ink used, and your skin type are all factors affecting the number of sessions needed to remove the tattoo. After meeting with your consultant, you will have a better idea of the number of sessions you will need.
Most patients will notice some side effects as a result of laser tattoo removal. They may include redness, swelling, blistering, scabbing, bruising and hyperpigmentation. These side effects should be temporary, typically lasting between a few hours and a week. It is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your physician to deal with any side effects.
It is uncommon to be scarred as a result of your laser treatment. If you experienced scarring from being tattooed, the original scarring will remain. Scarring may also result from improper aftercare. You will be provided with detailed instructions from your physician.