WHAT IS A TATTOO?
Tattoos have become a way for people to express their unique identity and important events and people in their life. Up to one third of the population has at least one tattoo. Tattoos are created by pigment particles or ink becoming trapped in the dermis or skin. They are generally permanent. Multiple colours can be tattooed. They come in all shapes, patterns, colours and sizes and can be placed anywhere on the skin.
Ink or pigment particles are injected into the skin using a device that rapidly punctures the skin. The body responds by sending special cells called macrophages to the area of trauma as part of the healing process. These cells try to eliminate the ink particles but don’t succeed due to the size of the ink particles. These cells remain in the dermis of the skin with the particles of ink permanently.
Most people are happy with their body art. As people age or their circumstances and relationships change a tattoo may no longer reflect their personality, lifestyle or how they see themselves now. Many work places and professional organisations do not allow visible tattoos on employees.
Modern day tattoo removal is achieved by the use of lasers. The laser beam is attracted to the colour of the pigment. This causes the ink particles to be broken into tiny particles that are then removed from the body by the lymphatic system. The colour, quantity, quality, and depth of placement of the tattoo ink in the skin as well as the age of the tattoo and the individual response of each client will determine the number of treatments required and the potential for side effects.
An assessment of the tattoo (and the owner!) is essential to ensure that the safest individualised treatment programme is created for each client, as no two tattoos are identical. Le Sands Clinic has acquired laser technology to clear tattoos effectively and efficiently. Contact the clinic for an initial free consultation with one of our skin care experts. We look forward to seeing you move on to the next phase of your life, projecting the image you want, without the constant reminder of your past in ink! Call 02 9567 0399 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org