Removing an Unwanted Tattoo
Laser has become the standard treatment for tattoo removals, because it offers effective, safe and fast solution for removing of unwanted tattoo’s. We use Fotona laser system as they offer the best technology, with the least discomfort and the least number of sessions required for effective tattoo removal.
Some pigments are harder to remove than others for the following reasons:
-The quality of the tattoo
-The age of the tattoo
-How deep the ink in your skin is and
-The type of ink that was used
-This factors should be taken in consideration when deciding to remove a tattoo.
How does it work?
When removing a tattoo, there is 2 steps in this procedure. The first step is the FracTat™ treatment that creates micro-holes in the skin over the tattoo area, this pre-treatment “priming” pass enables gasses and ink particles to more easily escape through the skin during the second step and it stimulates cell regeneration to prevent shading of tattoo. The subsequent full-beam Q-switched breaks the ink into smaller particles which are naturally absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system. The number of treatments depend on the size of the tattoo as well as its location, depth, quality and colour. Amateur tattoos are the easiest to remove whereas professional ones may require more treatment sessions. The tattoo will fade slowly between treatments as the body keeps removing the remainders of the tattoo pigment over time.
What should you expect during the treatment?
During laser treatment, your skin will turn a frosty white colour called frosting. This is caused by the carbon dioxide being released as a result of laser penetration and surfaces on the upper layer of the skin, which resembles a white frosting. A few hours after treatment your skin may begin to peel and blister which usually takes 3 – 14 days to disappear. These side effects are completely normal and expected as your body is quickly trying to heal itself, shedding the damaged outermost layer of skin. Some people may experience very light bleeding as well.
After the treatment
A few hours after treatment your skin may begin to peel and blister (do not burst the blisters) which usually takes 3 – 14 days to disappear. These side effects are completely normal and expected as your body is quickly trying to heal itself, shedding the damaged outermost layer of skin. Some people may experience very light bleeding as well.
After several days have passed, all physical effects have usually subsided. Now you’ll just play the waiting game as your body properly disposes of the ink pigments, which usually takes 5-8 weeks. Only after such time, laser treatment can be performed again.
How many sessions?
Amount of sessions differs, depending on the age of the tattoo and the color and quality of the ink. Usually between 3 to 6 sessions is required, fresh and touched up Tattoos may take up to 10 sessions
|1 – 3cm||R 450|
|4 – 10cm||R 850|
|11 – 20cm||R 1 200|
|21 – 30cm||R 1 700|
|31 – 40cm||R 2 200|
|41 – 50cm||R 3 100|
|51 – 60cm||R 4 200|
|Brow Removal||R 550|
Before and Afters
Fractional Q-switched Nd:YAG laser solution for effective pigment removal & improved skin texture
- Improves efficacy and safety of classical Q-switched tattoo removal
- Deep ablation for a strong skin remodeling response with minimum downtime
- Improved skin quality and texture
- Ablative and non-ablative treatments available for a variety of applications
- Suitable for all skin types
What is FracTAT®?
Fotona’s innovative FracTAT® technology, based on high-energy pulses of fractional Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, enables extremely high peak powers to be concentrated in a matrix of tiny spots, inducing fractional photoacoustic shockwaves below the tissue surface (non-ablative mode) or even micro-puncturing the tissue surface (ablative mode) when higher energies are used.
FracTAT® Treatment for Tattoo Removal
In the patented FracTAT® tattoo removal treatment, micro-holes are drilled into the skin using a high energy fractional ablative laser. This is followed by Q-switched tattoo removal. The micro-holes act as relief ducts that enable gasses formed in the tattoo removal step to escape and enable more efficient pigment destruction and tattoo clearance.*
The ablative FracTAT® procedure is also very efficient in the treatment of scars, enabling deep resurfacing with minimum downtime.**
FracTAT® for Rejuvenation and More
When the FracTAT® procedure is performed in non-ablative mode, fractional microscopic lesions are formed in the epidermis and dermis due to plasma micro-explosions, leading to cavitation, while the tissue surface remains intact. This makes the non-ablative mode ideal for applications such as rejuvenation, texture improvement and acne scar revision, particularly in darker skin types for which other ablative procedures are often avoided.
FracTAT® is available on Fotona’s StarWalker® platforms.