Body ink regret? Decorative tattoos are an ancient ritual that has become very widely practiced in our culture. While they are often points of pride, sometimes a tattoo is no longer representative of a person’s views or reminds them of a place, person, or time they’d rather forget.
We use the Alex TriVantage Q-Switched laser for tattoo removal in Calgary as TriVantage’s Alexandrite is renowned for it’s superior ability to treat greens, blues and black. New laser-pumped technology makes it possible to deliver the same remarkable performance on tattoos of all colours.
- Safe and effective tattoo removal of all colours and types
- Eliminates tattoo or pigments while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged
How It Works
The laser emits light in very short flashes called pulses. The laser light is targeted to the specific pigment or color in the tattoo. We offer no less than three different lasers so the tattoo removal can be individually tailored to specific tattoo colors and needs. Using a laser to remove tattoos surpasses any other method available. The laser is used to effectively fade and remove professional and amateur tattoos as well as ballpoint, India ink and lead from pencils.
What To Expect
The procedure takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo to be treated. The laser is traced over the tattoo. The skin in the treatment site turns an ash color and within 10 minutes becomes purple. It is not uncommon to have pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. A dressing is applied to the area. Within a couple of days, a crust will develop that will last for approximately 5-10 days. Care must be taken not to pick at the area.
The impact of the energy from the pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band against your skin. After the treatment a mild burning sensation may persist in the treatment site for 1-3 hours. The majority of clients can tolerate the procedure without anesthesia; however, a topical or injectable anesthetic is available.
Almost all tattoos can be removed without any scar or skin changes. In rare cases, pigmentation changes, scarring and texture changes may occur.
More than 95% fading of the tattoo is usually accomplished. Dark inks and red inks fade the best and usually oranges, greens and purples respond well, too. Yellow and white inks are the most difficult to remove.
On average, amateur tattoos can take anywhere from 2 to 6 treatments and professional tattoos 6 to 10 treatments. The number of treatments depends on the amount, type and depth of the ink in the skin and can be more than 10.
- No downtime expected
After Treatment Care
Immediately following treatment, an ice pack may be applied to soothe the treated area. A topical antibiotic cream or ointment is recommended. Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment to avoid scrubbing the area, and abrasive skin cleansers should be avoided. A bandage or patch may help to prevent abrasion of the treated area. During the course of treatment it is recommended that patients cover the area with a 50 SPF.