Laser Tattoo Removal Toronto
Tattoo removal can be achieved via various approaches. At Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we effectively and safely remove tattoos of all sizes and ink colours with the advanced Palomar Q-YAG 5 laser.
The Palomar Q-YAG 5 is a revolutionary Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser designed mainly for tattoo removal. It features dual wavelengths to remove multiple tattoo colours simultaneously, a flat beam profile to distribute energy evenly and effectively and three spot sizes to provide versatile options. It emits a highly focused beam of laser light which passes harmlessly through the outer layer of the skin and is absorbed primarily by the tattoo ink.
As the light is absorbed, it is quickly converted to heat. The sudden rise in temperature fractures the ink into tiny particles. Tattoo ink fragments then are carried away by the lymphatic system. Since only the tattoo dye is targeted by the laser, there is minimal risk of scarring or skin damage with laser tattoo removal.
Laser Tattoo Removal F.A.Q.s
What kind of tattoo can be removed?
A tattoo's colour, depth, and chemical composition all affect how it responds to laser light. Though the Q-YAG Laser Tattoo Removal works best on darker colours such as black, red, dark orange and dark blue. Lighter colours such as green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue can also be eliminated effectively, however it may require more treatments.
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
Most patients report little discomfort during the laser tattoo removal procedure. Many people compare the sensation of the pulses entering the skin to the quick snap from a rubber band. If such "snap" make you feel uncomfortable, we may offer you topical anesthesia. Most patients have experienced only minimal discomfort during the tattoo removal procedure with the Q-YAG 5 laser.
What happens after laser tattoo removal?
Immediately after laser exposure, the treated areas may be sensitive, may become whitish-coloured and swell slightly. This whiteness subsides in about 30 minutes. The swelling may last longer, but can be reduced by cooling the skin with an ice pack. The tattoo will fade over the next few weeks.
There is little or no downtime related to laser tattoo removal. You should be able to get back to work or resume regular activities right away after the procedure.
How long does the laser tattoo removal procedure take?
Depending on the size and location of the tattoo or lesion, treatment typically takes about 10 to 30 minutes. Some tattoos may fade completely after only one treatment, though most may require four or more treatments. Laser tattoo removal treatments are usually spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart to give your body sufficient time to fully eliminate the loosened particles of tattoo ink or pigment.
Are there any side effects with laser tattoo removal?
Side effects are rare with laser tattoo removal treatment. When side effects such as increased sensitivity, hyperpigmentation, infection and pinpoint bleeding do occur, they are usually mild and confined to the treated area.
What are the alternative treatments?
Other methods of tattoo removal include surgical excision, salabrasion and chemical peels; however laser treatment is the only effective method which is unlikely to cause scarring.
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Has the tattoo you loved so much now become an eye-sore? No need to worry, it doesn't have to stay with you for life! At Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we provide state of the art laser tattoo removal treatment that yields excellent results without peril and disadvantages of other procedures. Please call one of our three convenient clinics to schedule a complimentary consultation and find out how we can assist you.
Our three laser clinics are located inside MCI The Doctor's Office™, the largest group of medical centres in Canada, providing laser tattoo removal treatment for men and women in Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Scarborough, Thornhill, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Brampton, Richmond Hill, Markham, Woodbridge, Newmarket and other surrounding areas of the GTA.