Thanks to incredible advancements in laser technology, Golden Skin is able to offer the most comfortable, effective treatment for removal of tattoos using the Candela™ PicoWay® Laser.
HOW DOES IT WORK? The laser penetrates below the surface of the skin to target the pigments in tattoo ink, while leaving the outer layer of skin intact and unharmed. The high-power, ultra-short energy pulses literally shatter tattoo ink, breaking the pigment down into very fine particles. As a result, the laser can eliminate most tattoos with a brief series of treatments.
NOTE: Ingredients that some tattoo ink contains, like titanium dioxide or iron oxide (metal salts) are not removable by laser. If tattoo contains any of those, it will remain in the skin.
HOW MANY SESSIONS DOES IT REQUIRE? Your esthetician will not be able to tell exactly how many sessions your tattoo requires, as it depends on several factors, including the size and type of the tattoo, quality of the ink, ingredients in the ink, location of the tattoo and how immune system will absorb ink with each session. In most, the results of the procedure are visible after the first treatment, but a series of brief 10-20 minutes treatments are required for tattoo removal.
NOTE: We can not guarantee total removal of the tattoo. Ink, that contains metal salts or white pigments is not removable fully by laser.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REMOVE THE TATTOO? The laser tattoo removal process mainly relies on the body’s ability to eliminate ink from the skin and this can not be predictable. To allow the skin enough time to heal between treatments, a minimum of 3 weeks between laser sessions is needed. As multiple treatment sessions will be needed, this will also need to be taken into consideration.
NOTE: Your esthetician cannot know precisely how many treatments a tattoo will need to be fully removed, but the tattoo will be assessed for how easily it should remove after 2 to 3 initial treatments.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As with paints and dyes, colours may be made from a number of individual pigments. Recent market analysis identified 60 trade colours from 18 chemical compounds. Therefore, it is not possible to say that colours that appear visually similar will respond in the same way when treated by laser. This is compounded by the fact that many tattoo pigments contain metal salts and therefore can respond unpredictably when treated. It is very common to see a tattoo change colour (eg. black to blue, brown to red etc.) after initial treatment, making it more difficult to remove.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The price starts from €50 and total cost per session depends on size and type of the tattoo. Treatment packages are not available and final pricing will be discussed while the tattoo is being assessed in the salon.
WILL IT LEAVE A SCAR? Picosecond laser is non-ablative, meaning it leaves dermis unharmed. When proper laser protocols and patient aftercare are utilized, it is uncommon for a patient to scar after a picosecond laser treatment. It's important to not scratching, picking at blisters and scabs and following post-operative instructions.
NOTE: If you have a history of keloid scarring, it is something worth bringing up to your esthetician.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS WITH LASER TATTOO REMOVAL? All patients should expect some level of side effects. The most common side effects are: redness, tenderness, swelling, scabs. Less commonly, you may also experience temporary lightening (hypopigmentation) of the skin in the treatment area. The good news is that these side effects are short lived and the skin eventually returns to its normal tone.
Allergic reactions: Not many patients display an allergic reaction at the time of tattooing, despite the presence of metal salts, chromium oxide, cobalt or cadmium sulphide - all of which can cause swelling, erythema, pruritus (itch) or even granulomatous reactions. However, the picosecond laser-induced extracellular fragmented and mobilised pigments can be recognised by the patients’ immune system as a foreign antigen, potentially triggering an allergic response. This can initiate a localised as well as a systemic allergic reaction.
The most important after treatment recommendations:
- The use of creams with a UV filter with an SPF30 for min. 4 weeks after the procedure
- The use of soothing creams immediately and for several days after the treatment
- Use only plain and lukewarm water on the treated area for first week after each tattoo removal session
- Avoid scratching or pressing against the treated area in order to avoid scarring
- Avoid swimming pools, saunas and excessive workouts for a week after each tattoo removal session
- In patients prone to herpes - the use of oral aciclovir is essential prior to treatment
- Diabetes (insulin-dependent)
- Hepatitis B or C
- Autoimmune disease
- Keloid scars
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding
- Taking photosensitive medication or herbs
- Take or have taken oral isotretinoin within the last six months