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What should I expect during a laser tattoo removal session?

If you are considering laser tattoo removal at our cosmetic clinic, it’s natural to feel a bit apprehensive about what the procedure entails. In this article, we will walk you through the steps of a typical laser tattoo removal session at our clinic, helping you understand what to expect and how to prepare.

Before the Session

Consultation: Before your first laser tattoo removal session with us, we will schedule a consultation with one of our qualified professionals. During this consultation, we will assess your tattoo, discuss your expectations, and determine the best course of action. We will also provide information about the number of sessions required, potential side effects, and aftercare instructions.

Pre-treatment care: In the days leading up to your session, it is essential to follow any pre-treatment instructions provided by our clinic. This may include avoiding sun exposure, keeping the area clean and moisturized, and refraining from using certain medications or skincare products.

During the Session

Skin preparation: At the beginning of your session, we will clean the tattooed area and may apply a topical anesthetic or numbing cream to minimize discomfort during the procedure.

Protective eyewear: Both you and our practitioner will be provided with protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser’s intense light.

Laser treatment: Our practitioner will use a handheld laser device to target the tattoo ink. The laser emits short pulses of light energy that break up the ink particles into smaller fragments. You may feel a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin. The duration of the session will depend on the size and complexity of your tattoo but typically lasts between 5 and 30 minutes.

Cooling: During the treatment, we may use a cooling device or cold compress to minimize discomfort and reduce the risk of skin damage.

After the Session

Immediate aftercare: After the treatment, we may apply an antibiotic ointment or cream and cover the area with a sterile dressing or bandage. We will also provide you with aftercare instructions to follow at home.

Side effects: Following the session, you may experience redness, swelling, blistering, and tenderness in the treated area. These side effects are generally temporary and should subside within a few days to a week. Apply cold compresses or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory creams as directed by our practitioner to alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling.

Proper aftercare: It is crucial to follow the aftercare instructions to ensure a successful outcome and minimize the risk of complications. This may include keeping the area clean and dry, avoiding sun exposure, and refraining from picking or scratching the treated skin.

Additional sessions: Laser tattoo removal requires multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve the desired results. The number of sessions required will depend on factors such as the age, size, colour, and location of your tattoo.

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