Are you sick of seeing your ex’s name every time you take a shower? Tired of trying to explain your tramp stamp to your two-year-old? Then it’s time to get it removed with the help of laser tattoo removal. Just because it seemed like a good idea at the time doesn’t mean you have to live with it forever.
Laser tattoo removal is the safest, most effective technology available and can eliminate even the most troublesome tattoos, in as little as six treatments. But what are the things you have to know about the removal of tattoos in Singapore?
Laser tattoo removal process
The process is simple enough. In Singapore, most clinics utilise an amplified beam of light on your unwanted tattoo, shattering the ink into smaller and smaller pieces so that it’s easy for your body’s immune system to get rid of the tattoo naturally until it’s completely invisible. A lot of local laser clinics exclusively treat patients with FDA approved true laser technologies, the gold standard for tattoo removal. Be wary of those other laser clinics in Singapore that offer those too good to be true deals as they may use lasers which aren’t suited for all skin types.
However, for the many Singaporeans with tattoos who are wondering if tattoo removal is painful—you’ll be happy to know that the process is far more comfortable than when you got your tattoo in the first place.
Number of sessions
With a nanosecond laser, it used to take around 10-20 treatments for complete tattoo removal, occasionally with less than satisfactory results. The current Pico laser tattoo removal treatment, however, only takes between 5-10 sessions.
Process depends on the type of tattoo
You may want to consult a physician or dermatologist beforehand. It’s likely that your removal process will differ from your friend’s. How many sessions you require can even depend on the colors in your tattoo. To reduce the risk of scarring and unwanted pigmentation, make sure not to expose the area to be treated to sunlight prior to or after treatment (during healing).
Any laser treatment is not without its risks. Make sure to get treatment with a certified dermatologist or physician with formal training and experience in lasers. Possible side effects, though unlikely, include scarring and unintended pigmentation of the skin.
You may find that you will either have to face the problem of either hypopigmentation – where the treated skin is much paler than the surrounding skin or hyperpigmentation – the direct opposite where the skin is darker.
There may also be a chance of infection if the area where the tattoo has been removed is not taken care of properly.
However, with the correct laser wavelength, pulse durations and proper execution of the laser treatment – such side effects can be minimised or even avoided altogether.
Henceforth, true laser specialists have to be selected carefully to ensure that the entire procedure goes smoothly. While tattoo removal is one of the core services you can usually find, clinics provide other services like HIFU treatment for face, laser for hyperpigmentation and so on.
Pick a clinic with certified medical professionals to handle the tattoo removal process and you will be able to receive the desired results.