Young woman undergoing laser tattoo removal procedure in salon, closeup

At Enhance Studios we use the most advanced Technology in Laser Tattoo Removal. Medical grade Picoway & Picosure.

How Does Tattoo Removal Work?

Laser energy breaks down the tattoo ink pigments deep underneath the skin, then the body’s immune system absorbed and slowly flush out all the broken pigments through the liver over the course of 8 weeks. The idea is quite simple; laser breaks it down; immune system flushes it out. Rinse and repeat the entire process every 8-10 weeks until mission accomplished, be it lighten up the unwanted tattoo or completely remove.

  • Due to the way in which tattoo ink is layered into the skin, most tattoos will require multiple treatments to achieve complete removal.
  • Each treatment will progressively target the deeper layers of ink that were previously hidden by the earlier layers.
  • We recommend that treatments be spaced at least 8 weeks apart, to allow for an optimum degree of fading between visits.

Laser Tattoo Removal Timeline

A typical tattoo takes about 8 – 10 treatments, spaced 6 – 8 weeks apart, to remove.

BEFORE TREATMENT

  • Before you come in for the treatment, you need to take care of your skin.​
  • No sun exposer on the area of treatment for at least 4 weeks prior the treatment.
  • We need to ensure your skin tone is as close to your natural skin tone as possible. Use minimum SPF 30+ at all times.
  • Please shave any hair that is in the tattoo area. This is because laser may singe the hair​.
  • We will prepare the treated area using adequate hygiene procedures. The tattooed area will be cleaned with alco-wipes.

AFTERCARE

  • To minimise discomfort, we cool the tattooed area . This is even before we start the laser treatment. Following the treatment, we continue to cool the skin for a few more minutes. After that, we apply a thin layer of Streamed. This is a non-sticky, transparent gel. Which acts as a protective layer of skin.
  • Avoid excessive heat to the skin for 24-48 hours following treatment. So not hot showers or saunas. And no excessive exercise.
  • In between treatments, limit sun exposer. If you have to go in the sun, use SPF 30+ or 50+. And cover with protective clothing.

Are there side effects?

Side effects are to be an expected part of the tattoo removal process for most patients. The most common side effects are:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Blistering
  • Bruising
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation

These side effects are temporary. Redness, tenderness, and swelling typically subside within a day or two following treatment. Blisters usually appear within 24 hours of treatment and usually resolved itself in several days.

Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation occur when the body's production of melanin is skewed after a laser treatment. With hyperpigmentation, the body overproduces melanin in reaction to the laser treatment, so skin in the treated area is darker than the natural skin tone. With hypopigmentation, the melanin is depleted by the laser treatment and the skin appears bleached. Both hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation are typically temporary and resolve naturally with time. Patients with middle to darker skin tones are at the greatest risk for pigmentation changes and should avoid sun exposure the weeks following each treatment.

Do I need a Patch Test?

Yes, you will need to have a patch test on a small area of your tattoo 7 days before your first treatment to ensure that your body will not suffer any detrimental effects from exposure to the laser light. The patch test will take place at the end of your consultation.