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26th Jun 2024

Laser Tattoo Removal: What to Expect Before and After 

Have you outgrown your Tattoo or just want a change?

If the answer is yes then you have probably got many questions about Tattoo Removal, including Laser Tattoo Removal and what to expect before and after treatment?
Here at the Laser Clinic Morpeth we are here to answer your questions and hopefully put your mind at rest. We use the Deka Studio Revolutionary Tattoo Removal Technology and it takes all the reluctance and worries away.
In recent years, tattoo removal has gained significant traction, knowing that your once permanent body artwork can be erased has certainly increased demand and in particular  the need for fast, efficient and less painful tattoo removal methods has skyrocketed. Just like the Deka Studio, a revolutionary tattoo removal machine that promises impressive results. If you’re considering this advanced procedure, in this Blog we cover what to expect before and after Laser Tattoo Removal.

Before LAser tattoo removal Treatment

Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation with our highly qualified clinician. This session is crucial for assessing your tattoo, understanding your expectations, and determining the number of sessions needed. Factors such as the size, colour, age and location of the tattoo (there are some places that even the most flexible laser cannot reach) as well as your skin type, will influence the treatment plan. Every individual is unique and together we will find the best possible solutions.
Skin Preparation: In the weeks leading up to your first session, you’ll be advised to avoid sun exposure and tanning. This is to ensure your skin is in its natural state, which helps in the effectiveness of the laser treatment. Hydration and moisturising your skin can also prepare it for the procedure.
Pain Management: While the Deka Studio machine is designed to be much less painful than traditional methods, depending on the location of the tattoo and size some very mild discomfort is possible. Our clinician may suggest a numbing cream applied prior to the area before treatment to minimise any pain if you are worried about it. We will discuss any concerns about pain management during your consultation.

During Treatment

Protective Measures: You’ll be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser so you will look cool!. We will also cover the surrounding skin to prevent unnecessary exposure.
The Laser Process: The Deka Studio machine uses advanced laser technology to break down tattoo pigments. The laser emits short pulses of light that target the ink beneath the skin. The process can feel like a series of quick snaps against your skin, but it’s generally well-tolerated, but there is always the numbing cream you can apply before attending the clinic! Besides it certainly more tolerable than the having the tattoo in the first place.
Session Duration: Each session can last from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo. Multiple sessions, spaced several weeks apart, are usually required to achieve complete removal. We will go through all this together so you are well aware of the treatment plan from the outset.

Post Treatment

Immediate Aftercare: Post-treatment care is really important for the best results and minimal side effects. You may experience slight redness, swelling, and a sensation similar to a sunburn immediately after the session. These effects usually subside within a few hours to a couple of days.
Skincare Routine: You will be  provided with detailed aftercare instructions. This usually includes applying a soothing ointment and keeping the treated area clean and covered to protect it from infection. Avoid sun exposure and refrain from picking at any scabs that form (that rarely occur), as you don’t want to replace the tattoo with a scar!
Time and Results: The time in between sessions is vital for successful tattoo removal. Your body needs time to break down and eliminate the ink particles shattered by the laser. You’ll notice gradual fading of the tattoo over several weeks. Each subsequent session will target the remaining ink, leading to progressive lightening of the tattoo.

Long-Term Expectations

Number of Sessions: Complete removal of a tattoo can take anywhere from 5 to 10 sessions, depending on various factors like ink depth, colour, and your skin’s healing response. Patience and adherence to aftercare instructions are key to achieving the best results.
Skin Appearance: Post-removal, your skin will continue to heal and regenerate. Some residual pigmentation or light scarring may occur, but this varies from person to person. Advanced technologies like the Deka Studio machine significantly reduce the risk compared to older methods and is quicker and achieves brilliant results.
Follow-Up : Each treatment visit will help monitor your progress and address any concerns. They can also provide treatments to enhance skin healing and improve the overall appearance of the treated area and gives us chance to chat anything through.
Laser Tattoo removal is a personal and transformative process. With the Deka Studio revolutionary tattoo removal machine, the journey becomes an exciting adventure rather than a dreaded procedure. By understanding what to expect before and after the procedure, you can prepare yourself for the process and ensure the best possible outcome. We will guide you every step along the way through this journey because your complete satisfaction is our goal.
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