The objective of laser tattoo removal is to shatter ink without damaging the surrounding skin.  The laser tattoo removal process uses selective photothermolysis to effectively and safely fade or remove tattoos. A rise in the popularity of laser tattoo removal services in cities like Toronto & Vancouver has been accompanied by a number of misconceptions.

So, why are there so many misconceptions surrounding laser tattoo removal?  For the most part, it is because it is a complex process that many people do not fully understand.  And secondly, people are not always being treated with the appropriate laser, thereby leading to tattoo removal as a whole getting a negative reputation.

The main goal of this article is to educate people on laser tattoo removal. So that you can truly understand how the process works  Below are a few common misconceptions that we have straightened out for you.

Does Laser tattoo removal causes scarring?

Unlikely.  Unless you already have an existing scar, are prone to scarring or keloids, or are reckless with your aftercare; laser tattoo removal will typically not cause scarring.

The root of this myth may come from pre-existing scarring. If scarring occurred while getting a tattoo, or since getting it, the tattoo may have covered it up, making it difficult to notice. In this case, the removal of the tattoo would reveal the scar, making it appear as though the scarring is a result of the removal process.

During your laser tattoo removal consultation, your tattoo and the area around it is assessed thoroughly. Any existing scarring prior to treatment should be identified during this consult. Previous wounds that caused scarring and the proper aftercare for your treatments are discussed thoroughly so that there are no misunderstandings.

Should I expect excessive bleeding from laser tattoo removal?

No, excessive bleeding is not expected from laser tattoo removal. Anything more than pinpoint bleeding is extremely rare.

Pin point bleeding is small (like a pin point), and usually inside the epidermis. So there should never be an excess amount of blood on the dressing that is placed to cover the area after your treatments.  If there is excessive bleeding, then either the settings on the laser are incorrect or you’re simply not being treated with the appropriate laser.

Is laser tattoo removal instant?

No. Tattoo removal is faster and more effective than alternatives, like tattoo removal cream, but results are not instantaneous. An immediate frosting that occurs directly after have patients thinking that their tattoo is gone, but this reaction is actually the ink being penetrated by the laser and goes away in about 1-5 minutes after the treatment.

Laser tattoo removal actually takes some time, months to even years.  Each session will break up more ink making it easier for your body to remove. The ink removes itself from your body during in the 6-8 weeks in between each treatment.

Are new tattoos are easier to remove?

No.  New tattoos are actually harder to remove and there are more unnecessary risks involved.  Your body is still reacting to receiving a new tattoo, so it’s best to wait 8 weeks or more before having laser tattoo removal done.

Are all tattoo removal lasers equally effective?

No.  Choosing the appropriate laser for your tattoo removal is critical.  Do the proper research, because not all lasers are created equal.  Speak to a removal specialist to help you determine which kind of laser will be most effective for the colours used in your tattoo. We recommend you look up case studies of removal done with a particular laser type to give you a better idea of how it will perform for you.

Find out about which lasers are available in your city for tattoo removal and go onto the manufacturer’s websites.  Read testimonials  from people who have been treated with this laser and ask questions on blog forums and social media postings.  Being treated by a laser that does not specialize in tattoo removal will leave you with very little to no results.

In Toronto & Vancouver, and across the country, Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers are among the most popular and effective tattoo removal lasers.

Laser tattoo removal is largely based on many factors

True.  The laser tattoo removal process commonly factors in skin type, ink density, colours, and location of the tattoo. It also has a lot to do with the proper aftercare.

Generally, the healthier you are, the easier it will before your body to flush away those unwanted pigments that have been shattered by the laser.  Also the age, presence of previous scars, and previous tattoo covers ups also play a major role on how many sessions it will take to remove your tattoo.

The laser tattoo removal experience will be different for every person and every tattoo. When looking for this service, be sure to find a provider that is attentive to your individual needs. Happy Fading!