The Wheres, Whats and Hows of Tattoo Removal in Singapore

Categories : Aesthetics

When it comes to tattoos, some have valid and sentimental reasons for getting them, while for some, it was a “young and dumb” mistake. Even though it is said that tattoos are permanent, it is not the case with all the technological advancement today. With that, Beauty Insider provides you with all the information you need to know about tattoo removal in Singapore.

How does tattoo removal work?

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A tattoo consists of a thousand tiny particles of pigments that have been injected into the dermis layer of the skin. They are then suspended in the skin. A laser tattoo removal uses technology in which high-powered, short and pulsed beam of light is delivered at particular wavelengths. The beam then penetrates through the skin breaking up the tattoo pigment particles. It can be done on tattoos of all colours and shades. Then, the particles are gradually eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system. Finally, the tattoo then fades the same way how a bruise would over time.

Can the laser completely remove a tattoo?

Some tattoos can be completely removed while others can be almost completely removed, but with a slight trace left behind. Here are a couple of factors that contribute to whether or not the tattoos can be completely removed:

  • Age of the tattoo. Older and blurred tattoos that have altered from their original site would be more difficult to remove
  • Location of the tattoo. Tattoos that are located on the thinner-skinned areas such as your fingers or ankles are much difficult to remove compared to those that are on a thicker-skinned area, like the abdomen or shoulders.
  • Colour, Quality, Quantity and Depth of Pigment. Some pigments of tattoos like black, red and dark blue ones respond better to the laser, compared to the orange, light blue, pink and green pigments. Tattoos with lighter pigments require more treatments if you want your tattoo to be removed completely,

How fast can a tattoo be removed?

Generally, a laser tattoo removal session would last about 30 minutes. However, that would also depend on the age, size, pigment colour, pigment type, pigment depth, the intricacy of the design and the location of the tattoo on your body.

Also, after your first treatment session, you will then have a clearer picture as to how long your sessions would last, how many sessions you need based on your pain tolerance and location of your tattoo.

Although, if you do need more than one session, it is recommended to have at least six weeks of a gap before your next session. This is to allow your skin enough time to heal between the treatments and to also allow the body’s immune system to flush the ink away.

Is laser tattoo removal painful?

Some say getting a laser tattoo removal is as painful as getting a tattoo while others say it’s not as painful. However, when it comes to pain tolerance, it differs among people. The common descriptions of tattoo removal is a rubber band snapping against the skin.

In some places, the patient is provided with a soothing cream before the treatment or numbing cream. If you do not wish to get those creams, you can opt to take an over-the-counter, non-Aspirin product. The reason you should not take an Aspirin product is that it can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising.

Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar?

Many are concerned about scarring from a laser tattoo removal and want their skin to look as natural as possible after the tattoo removal procedure. However, something to take note is that there is a minor risk of scarring and residual pigmentation changes after a laser tattoo removal. For example, hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation. This is more prone if you have darker skin, a large or colourful tattoo.

Are there side effects of laser tattoo removal?

As tattoo removal involves creating a controlled medical burn from the laser, side effects are said to be expected for most patients. Some side effects are an important part of the immune response that aids in eliminating ink from the skin. Also, another thing to keep in mind is these side effects are all temporary. Hence, here are some of the side effects of laser tattoo removal:

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

However, some of these side effects can be completely avoided if the proper protocols and aftercare are done as advised.

Pre and Post Treatment Care

Pre-Treatment Care

  • Shave hair in the area 24 hours before tattoo removal appointment
  • Do not tan or expose unprotected skin to the sun for 2-4 weeks prior to appointment
  • Avoid harsh irritants or products on the tattoo area: mechanical and chemical exfoliation
  • Remove makeup, deodorant and lotion on the tattoo area

Post-Treatment Care

  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack over gauze bandage a couple of times a day to reduce swelling and bruising
  • To avoid an infection, keep the treated area moist with antibiotic ointment until the irritation and redness subsides
  • Avoid washing the area for at least 24 hours to avoid irritation and delays in healing
  • Vigorous exercise, hot tubes and saunas are to be avoided for at least a week
  • Avoid exposure to sun and use a sunscreen with SPF-30 for 2 months
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Where to get laser tattoo removal in Singapore?

Sozo Aesthetic Clinic

At Sozo Aesthetic Clinic, Dr Boey uses the Picosecond Laser for the tattoo removal treatments. Picosecond lasers emit laser beams with higher peak power and shorter pulse duration. That leads to a much effective and safe treatment. The results are then achieved twice as fast with a lesser risk of complications. Usually, with Picosecond lasers, tattoos can be removed 80-90% within 5 to 10 sessions.

Price: Price starts at $50 per session for a small tattoo

Address: 1 Raffles Place #05-12/13, One Raffles Place (Shopping Mall), Singapore 048616

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Freia Aesthetics

At Freia Aesthetics, they use the Medlite C6 Q-switched ND-YAG laser, which is also known as Yag laser. This was the gold standard for tattoo removal and it is still widely known and asked for at Freia Aesthetics. This laser treatment is reliable and it involves a much lower cost. Compared to the Picosecond laser, this treatment would require more sessions to completely remove the tattoo.

Address: 435 Orchard Road, #19-02, Wisma Atria Office Tower, Singapore 238877

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The Clifford Clinic

At The Clifford Clinic, they use the nanosecond pulsed Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. The number of sessions is depending on the size and variety of colours of the tattoo. At the Clifford Clinic, the patients can opt to have a rapid tattoo removal. This is the “express protocol” that is consisting of 4 sessions every month. Other than that, they can treat tattoos on areas such as the face, arms, legs, hands, private areas, eyebrow tattoos, ankles, forearms and back.

Address: 24 Raffles Place #01-03 Clifford Centre Singapore 048621

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