The Flat-Top Optibeam technology provides an exclusive characteristic to the Clinical Q-Switched Series which provides safer and more effective treatments (with no scarring), because the energy is homogeneously delivered onto the area being treated. The square beam prevents overlapping of the pulses. Immediately after the treatment, an anti-bacterial ointment or dressing is applied to the area. It is strongly advised that the area be kept clean and dry with the continued application of an antibacterial powder. A shower can be taken the next day, however, the treated area should not be scrubbed and should be kept dry.
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Your therapist will be happy to discuss this procedure with you once you book a consultation appointment where you will be able to discuss your specific needs, contra-indications, etc. As each pigmented lesion or tattoo is different, there is not a ‘one size fits all’ pricing guide. Your specific treatment price will be agreed upon within your consultation appointment. Normally the most common pigmented lesion may require three or four treatments, depending on the skin type. Deeper lesions however will require more treatments depending on the depth and severity. Tattoos can also vary in the number of treatments required. Most will need around ten treatments, but some may require more.
Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin and hair its natural colour. People who have a darker skin colour have a higher amount of Melanin in their skin whilst people who are fairer skinned have a lesser amount. When melanin is unnaturally concentrated in a certain area, it usually results in the formation of a ‘pigmented lesion’. There are many causes for this unnaturally high concentration of Melanin. Some are present at birth but most occur with age or as a result of injury to the skin or overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The most common pigmented lesions that the Nd:YAG Q-Switched laser is used to treat are tattoos, brown age spots and liver spots, freckles and other brown birthmarks. The Nd:YAG Q-Switched laser releases light energy in very short pulses. The impact of which can be compared to snapping a thin rubber band against the skin. The area might feel similar to that of light sunburn after the treatment. Any discomfort usually disappears in a day or so. The skin will return to its natural colour and texture after the redness disappears.
The Nd:YAG Q-Switched laser is one of the most effective and most technologically sophisticated lasers used for the removal of pigmented lesions. The laser uses very high energy in very short pulses to fragment the pigment in the lesions. The fragmented melanin gets absorbed by the macrophages in the body, and is then destroyed gradually, thereby removing or lightening the treated lesions. Your natural skin pigmentation CANNOT be removed by the Nd:YAG Q-Switched laser. The machine was created to specifically work on darker concentrations of melanin. However, if the laser is continued to be used on the area after the unnatural melanin concentration has been removed, some lightening could occur. It must be remembered that the body’s natural regenerative system would restore the normal melanin levels thereby returning the skin to its natural colour. Common pigmented lesions do not return but some birthmarks can return after a year or even a few months. The procedure can be repeated, so this is a small problem.
If you are unsure, feel free to take Panadol before you come in (but make sure you do not take ASPRIN as this is a blood thinner). You will see changes within the skins pigment and can include a darkening or lightening of the skin colour. This does generally settle but it can take time. Sometimes up to 3 - 6 months. Infection, blistering, crusting/scab formation, bruising and scarring are also side effects which may occur. When appropriate home care and medications are applied after the laser procedure, you can minimize these side effects. As with most things, clients may have allergic reactions to the various tattoo pigments during the tattoo removal process. As we are shattering the pigment and the body is removing the ink via the body’s immune system, a severe allergic reaction can occur with each treatment. If you are having a reaction, please contact your doctor.
Between the laser treatments, and your body’s immune system, the unwanted tattoo will be removed over a series of treatments. Depending on the type of the ink that is used (as well as how deep the ink is) and the age of the tattoo, you can expect to have at least 6 treatments on a standard business card size tattoo. Within each treatment the laser shatters the pigment within the tattoo into smaller particles. You will see a whitening of the skin with mild swelling and bruising. This is temporary. Your skin colour will return to normal in due course. Multiple treatments are necessary. Your skin will need to heal before the next treatment session can begin. This can take an average of 6 to 8 weeks. Some tattoo may NOT be completely removed. Some colours are harder to treat than others, so they may require alternate treatments, or more sessions. So many people are looking for a partial fade so that they can cover up their unwanted tattoo with a new one. Tattoo colour takes some time to fade as the immune system slowly and progressively removes the shattered and relatively loose ink particles during this period.