Your Tattoo Removal Options
If you’re looking for tattoo removal in Victoria BC, call Age Less Laser Centres at 778-433-8300 and find out if you are a candidate for this service.
In the old days, tattoo removal was a complex surgical process in which the entire area of tattooed skin had to be removed and grafted with skin excised from another area of the body. The treatment was long and drawn out and often left behind disfiguring scar tissue in place of the tattoo.
It may have “seemed like a good idea at the time” when you got your tattoo(s) applied, but perhaps, like many people, you are having second thoughts and would like to have them removed?
Fortunately, in the 21st century, there are now modern, less invasive, less painful and more effective techniques that can fade your tattoo, and in many cases, even get rid of it completely.
Age Less Laser Centres in Victoria BC offers three methods of tattoo removal which can be used alone, or in combination, to gently fade and remove your tattoo over a period of time.
In the first method, we use different laser light frequencies to target specific colours within the tattoo design. For example, the Latest Generation 1064 Q-Switched Nd Yag Laser light is most attracted to and readily absorbed by dark colours ranging from black to dark blue and green.
Another laser system – the 532 Q-Switched Yag – targets shades of red and orange more effectively but, like all brighter and lighter colours, these pigments will need more treatments.
How the laser works
The laser causes a blister to form on the skin surface and stimulates the underlying cells to go into wound repair mode – in other words, to generate collagen to produce new skin cells. It also pulverizes the tattoo pigments into fractional micro-particles which pass into your lymphatic systems and so are flushed out with other body wastes. Some pigments may also disappear as your blistered surface skin sheds its uppermost layer.
Effects of laser treatments
You will probably notice a visible difference in the brightness and extent of your tattoo after just two sessions. But deeper, more lasting pigment removal will probably require at least 8 sessions or more. The rule of thumb is the lighter and brighter the colour, the longer it takes. You may experience slight swelling and possibly some temporary mild bruising on the lased site, but this usually disappears within two weeks. Some clients have reported small specks of blood which also disappear within a short time.
Most tattoos can be successfully removed with laser light but this technique is not suitable for everyone. Our technicians will use a scientific scale to decide if laser tattoo treatment is appropriate for you, and if so, how many sessions you are likely to need. They will rate several factors on a scale of 1-5, including your skin type, the location and size of the tattoo, the colours and amount of inks used, the amount of tissue damage when the tattoo was applied, and whether the tattoo was reapplied on top of an older tattoo.
With this methodology, they can then decide whether this technology is the right method for you and estimate the number of sessions you will probably need to remove your tattoo. This information will help you to plan your course of treatment and a financial plan to pay for it. It will also give you a realistic idea of what you can expect after each treatment session.
How many treatments you ultimately end up having will depend on the results you want to achieve and the depth and colours of the pigments used in your tattoo. Clients who are planning to have new tattoos to replace their old designs are often satisfied with significant fading as they know the residue colour will be hidden under their new artwork.
Our second tattoo removal method is a Cryogenic System, similar to a wart removal system, which basically uses a probe to gradually freeze off the surface layers of the tattoo and stimulate the underlying skin cells to generate collagen and so produce new, un-tinted skin.
Contact us at 778 433-8300 today for more information about our cutting edge tattoo removal technology, and to schedule your FREE Consultation.