A Clean Slate: Finding the Ideal Treatment for Tattoo Removal

Without a shadow of doubt, PAOLO is finally free. Eleven years after his incarceration, he finally decided to bid adieu to the inked insignia that reminds him of his grim history.

The scars of his past no longer hold true to this day. The resolve to forget about them completely left him with no other choice but to get rid of his first and biggest tattoo – a full-figured woman adorned with widespread wings of a butterfly, as if it never existed in the first place. To be inked required just as much discernment as having it removed.

One question stuck in his mind: “What treatment fits my skin’s needs?” He admits that vague reviews, from tattooists and tattooed friends alike, intimidated him. Fear of pain that could possibly be caused by the involved needlework slowly crept in. But soon enough, he found exactly what he was looking for.

His four-year quest for the most ideal choice for a tattoo removal treatment has arrived to a culmination – Q Switch Neodymium Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd:YAG) Laser.

WHAT IS Q-SWITCH ND:YAG LASER?

Q-switch Nd:YAG Laser is an electronic machine that produces light pulses at high speed and energy. These light pulses are absorbed by the tattoo, which breaks them down into small particles. The successful penetration of these small particles to the skin’s smallest pigments eventually leads to the tattoo’s total removal from the body.

It is considered more versatile than other types of Q-switching, such as ruby and alexandrite, because it has a dual wavelength feature, a feature that allows it to work its wonders on both dark tattoo pigments, which are black and dark blue, as well as the warm pigments, like red, orange, and yellow color hues.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The use of the Q-switch Nd:YAG Laser leads to skin rejuvenation, epidermal (superficial) and dermal (deep) pigmentation. It lightens and/or completely eradicates an array of skin dilemmas:

  • Moles
  • Freckles
  • Wrinkles
  • Sun spots
  • Open pores
  • Acne scars
  • Birth marks
  • Melasma
  • Solar lentiges
  • Non-ablative skin resurfacing
  • Different kinds of tattoos

IS IT SAFE?

Proven safe and effective, unlike other treatments such as history-old abrasives, surgical excision, salabrasion, dermabrasion, cryosurgery, chemical peeling, and modern non-selective carbon dioxide lasers, the use of Q-switch Nd:YAG Laser has little to zero side effects.

Is it still recommended though to first take time to consider your current overall physical wellness and medical history, should you wish to use the Q-switch Nd:YAG Laser. You should also ask yourself the following:

  • What kind of spots do I have?
  • Which category does the type of my skin fall under?
  • If it is a tattoo, what type?
  • Do I have pre-existing allergic reactions?
  • Am I taking medications for any ailment?
  • Am I an expectant mother?
  • Consult a skin doctor if you have doubts. Answering these questions will also help you set realistic expectations and avoid possible complications.

IS IT PAINFUL?

Most, if not all, customers who have tried the Q-switch Nd:YAG Laser describe it as nothing but a mere rubber band snap!

Paolo recounts:

The whole experience was new to me. It’s much more painful to get a tattoo than to have one removed. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most painful, I’d say it’s a 4. The feeling is like being stunned by a cricket electronic lighter igniter, which is what I used to play with when I was a kid. I would highly recommend the procedure to my friends and relatives!

Unlike Paolo’s case that required additional sessions within a span of weeks, to achieve desired results, VALERIE spent lesser time waiting to witness the treatment reveal its full effect. The general rule of thumb is that the darker the ink, the easier it is to remove. Of course, the smaller the size of the tattoo, the lesser time spent in removing it. Valerie’s tattoo fits both criterion: black and small. The moment she learned about the newest tattoo removal technology, she knew right away that she will not pass off on this chance to remove her ‘tattooist’s remorse’ out of her system.

She happily exclaimed:

I was in high school back then. I didn’t know it was permanent. Letter V, for Valerie. I wanted to have it removed right after it was tattooed, but there was no laser before. I never thought it would be that easy. No pain. None at all!

If the patient’s tolerance to pain is low, there is an option to avail of appropriate topical anaesthetics. To lighten the sting and prevent inflammation, hydro cortisone cream (HTC) is gently applied to the treated area. There is no need to worry if the treated area exhibits redness, this will usually last for just a few hours. After a day or two, a mild scab may form. But, no reason to fret! This will eventually fall off within a few days. Before it fully lightens, darkening of the pigmented spot for a week or so is also highly probable.

A SKIN SO SPICK AND SPAN!

A tattoo is usually the birth child of a person’s emotional peak. As a person sees it totally wiped slowly but surely, there is a strong assurance that better days are ahead.

Time and time again, people cannot help but succumb to the temptation of getting a tattoo for a myriad of reasons: depression or heightened emotions, aesthetics, artistic expression, peer pressure or social acceptance. For some, they manage to stick with it until their dying days. But for others, regret haunts them every waking day.
With the emergence of the Q-switch Nd:YAG Laser, there is no need to worry. Skin becomes like a clean slate once again – back to its natural-looking state and free from pigmented lesions and unwanted tattoos. No significant scarring, no textural modifications, and no epidermal and/or dermal shocks!

You know what they say, what looks good now may not be as good 20 years later. What your 18-year-old self used to tell you may be directly negated by the new you. But voila, the good news is upon us – tattoos are not forever after all.


Text by: Karen Legion

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