Nd Yag Q-Switched Tattoo Removal
At our Huddersfield Laser Lab you can experience affordable, quick and effective laser tattoo removal. With innovative technology and an our extensively trained practitioner, you can ensure that your single or course of treatments will effectively remove your unwanted tattoos. The laser works on all skin types and even removes all types of coloured inks including pinks and greens. Tattoos can easily be regretted so we have made it easy for them to be removed.
What is Nd yag Q switched?
Nd Yag is the type of crystal used as a medium for laser treatments. In Q switched mode our latest technology machine produces different wave lengths resulting in a quick and effective method to remove your unwanted tattoos. Machines that are not Q Switched cannot provide the desired results, as they are not powerful enough to shatter the tattoo ink particles.
How does it work?
When ND Yag Q switched comes into contact with a tattoo the laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink creating a photo acoustic shock which releases heat from the tattoo and shatters it into minute particles. When this response shatters the tattoo particles they are then able to be carried away and leave the body through the lymphatic system, your bodies natural waste system where the particles will be transported out of the body. For this type of effect only a Q switched laser can be used as a photo acoustic shock wave is needed to shatter the tattoo particles into minute pieces for removal. Using lasers without Qswitch will result in not removing the tattoo.
Different types of tattoos that can be treated
Professional tattoos - usually darker ink and colours
Amature tattoos - usually blue/black inks and not as deep into the skin, this type of tattoo is usually easy to remove than a professional tattoo as the ink is not as dense.
Semi Permanent Makeup
Coloured Inks - In principle the laser can remove all kinds of tattoos. Since all tattoos are not the same in terms of colour, the depth in how the tattoo ink was applied in the skin as well as their chemical composition
A patch test will always be taken before treatment so we know what type of removal to expect.
Other Methods of tattoo removal:
Surgical Removal - this can be troublesome for the client as it can be expensive, must be preformed by a surgeon, will require a skin graft and has an extreme risk of scarring.
Microdermabrasion- A treatment to thin the skin layers. With this metod there is a risk of scarring as well as the abbrassion not being deep enough to remove all of the ink.
Bleaching Creams - These creams are not medically approved and would not penetrate deep enough to fade the tattoo. They only lighten the skin over the tattoo so the actual tattoo itself does not fade.
Why is ND Yag Q switched the best
ND Yag Q switched remains the desired technology for tattoo removal as the power produced by the laser created the mechanical effect to shatter and remove the particles. Due to all other methods having a high risk of scarring and a low success rate with the inability to completely remove tattoo inks is the reason ND Yag remains the best form of tattoo removal.
Immediate/normal side effects
As the ND Yag Q Switched hts a tattoo it will make a loud cracking noise when the tattoo ink absorbs the lasers photo shock wave. This is completely normal, this and any uncomfortable pain during the treatment will lessen as the tattoo fades over the course of treatments.
The tattoo appears to have immediate results as white gas bubbles may rise from the skin. This is a good sign that heat has been released from the shattered ink particles. This will disappear within 20 minutes of treatment.
Pinpoint bleeding may occur and this is due to the tiny blood vessels within the skin erupting, this is completely normal and should stop within 20 minutes after the treatment.
Skin redness may be present along with a slight swelling due to the intensity and heat during the treatment.
All of the above side effects are considered normal and should clear up within 20 minutes of treatment to a few hours. A full consultation and patch test will be taken to ensure any client is medically fit and is suitable to undergo Laser tattoo removal. A patch test is provided on the intended removal area, if there are different colours to be removed each of them will be tested. A week after your patch test the area will be assessed before undergoing your first treatment.
How many sessions are needed?
A reduction in your tattoo will be seen after the first session however to completely remove a tattoo depending on the ink colour and how deep it is in the skin, it could take between 3-5 treatments with 6 week intervals inbetween treatments to allow healing. In some cases more sessions may be necessary for complete removal.
How long does the treatment take?
This depends on the size of the tattoo; a small tattoo might take 5 minutes, where a larger tattoo, or multiple tattoos could take an hour or more.
What to expect
After your week interval after the patch test your tattoo will be assessed to ensure we can undergo the treatment. The treatment area is cleaned and protective eye wear is provided. The amount of pain felt will depend on the type of tattoo, the amount of treatment required and your own pain threshold. Many clients have described the feeling as an elastic band flicking against the skin. The truth is you will only know how painful you may find it if you try it! Advice is given for pain relief during your consultation and treatment.
Does the laser cause scarring?
Although there is a risk of scarring with any laser, in most cases, scarring is not a significant risk for tattoo removal with the Nd Yag laser. Tattoo removal has become associated with scarring because the first lasers used for tattoo removal were very aggressive and carried a very high risk of scarring. The Nd Yag laser does not heat the surrounding skin significantly and the risk of scarring is much reduced. The risk of scarring is mainly associated with genetic pre-disposition to forming scar tissue. To reduce the risk, we carry out an extensive medical evaluation to identify and highlight high risks.