Treatments should be performed by qualified clinical staff who have been fully trained in the use of medical laser systems. The number of treatment sessions will vary according to the type of tatoo and the depth of the pigment. In some cases it may be necessary to test a small area of a tatoo in order to establish the efficacy of the traetment.
Treatment sessions may last up to 20 minutes and would normally be spaced at intervals of 4-6 weeks. Most patients can easily tolerate the sensation which is induced by the laser. However, where discomfort is pronounced anaesthetic tatoo removal cream may be used.
Immediately following treatment the treated area will whiten and then quickly become reddened. (In a few cases slight bleeding may occur.) This is an indication that the laser has successfully fragmented the target pigment and activated normal skin repair mechanisms.
Following a period of 4-6 weeks the treated area will be completely healed and it should be apparent that the density of the tatoo has reduced. Treatment can then continue as required. When treatment is complete a period of up to 6 months may be required for complete regeneration of skin colouring and texture.