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Laser Pigment Removal

Tattoo lasers specifically target tattoo pigments to remove or lighten the tattoos. These lasers emit high-intensity light pulses that are absorbed by the tattoo pigments, causing them to fragment into smaller particles.


The body's immune system then gradually removes these fragmented pigments, leading to the fading or complete removal of the tattoo over multiple sessions. Different tattoo colors may require different laser wavelengths to effectively target their specific pigments.


Here at Estetica Belle, we remove tattoos through the use of PICO Machine laser technology, which is the newest and most successful way of helping our clients to achieve the results they are after.


Laser tattoo removal involves the use of a laser to break down the colour pigments within the tattoo – the laser emits short pulses of energy which are absorbed by the ink and causes the ink to break down. This is then removed naturally by the body, and the removal continues after each session. The fully trained team are able to help with the removal of tattoos on any area of the body whatever the size, including small tattoo removal from the face.

Who is not the candidate?

Dark skin tones:

Laser treatments for pigment removal work by targeting melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. Darker skin contains more melanin, which can absorb more laser energy and increase the risk of complications such as burns, hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). However, there are specific lasers designed for safe use on darker skin tones, so it's important to consult with a skilled dermatologist or laser specialist who can assess the individual's skin type and recommend the appropriate laser system.

Active infections or skin conditions:

Individuals with active skin infections, such as herpes simplex (cold sores), active acne, or open wounds in the treatment area, are generally not suitable candidates for laser pigment removal. Laser treatment can potentially worsen the condition or spread the infection. The skin should be in a healthy state before undergoing laser procedures.

Pregnancy or breastfeeding:

The effects of laser treatments on unborn or breastfeeding infants are not yet fully understood. As a precaution, it is generally recommended to avoid laser procedures for pigment removal during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

History of keloids or hypertrophic scars:

Individuals who have a history of keloids (raised, thickened scars) or hypertrophic scars may have an increased risk of developing these types of scars after laser treatment. It's important to discuss any history of abnormal scarring with client to choose a specified treatment for them.

Photosensitivity or medication use:

Certain medications or medical conditions can increase photosensitivity, making the skin more susceptible to adverse reactions from laser treatments. These medications may include isotretinoin (Accutane), certain antibiotics, or some herbal supplements. It's crucial to inform your dermatologist about any medications or medical conditions you have before undergoing laser treatment.

Recent sun exposure or tanning:

Laser treatments are generally less effective and carry a higher risk of side effects when performed on tanned skin. It is advisable to avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning beds before and after laser pigment removal procedures.


Are you on medication?

When undergoing pigment laser removal, there are certain medications that may not be suitable or can increase the risk of complications. It is important to ask your clients are they on any medication.

Here are some types of medicines that are generally not recommended during or close to the time of pigment laser removal:


Photosensitizing medications:

Certain medications can make your skin more sensitive to light and increase the risk of adverse reactions from laser treatment. These include some antibiotics (e.g., tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), diuretics (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide), and certain acne medications (e.g., isotretinoin). These medications can increase the risk of post-laser complications, such as excessive redness, blistering, or pigmentation changes. It's important to disclose all current medications to your healthcare provider.



Blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin or aspirin, can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising during laser procedures. They may need to be temporarily discontinued or adjusted prior to the treatment to minimize the risk of complications. However, it is essential to consult with your prescribing physician before stopping any prescribed medication.


Topical medications:

Certain topical medications can interfere with the laser treatment or increase skin sensitivity. For example, products containing retinoids (e.g., tretinoin, adapalene) or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) can make the skin more susceptible to irritation or burns during laser procedures. Your dermatologist may advise you to discontinue these medications for a certain period before and after the treatment.


Herbal supplements:

Some herbal supplements and alternative medicines can have blood-thinning or photosensitizing properties. It's important to disclose any herbal supplements or alternative treatments you are taking to your healthcare provider to ensure their safety in conjunction with laser treatments.

After Care

After laser pigment removal, it is essential to follow proper aftercare instructions to promote healing, minimize potential side effects, and achieve the best possible results. here are the guidelines:

Protect the treated area from sun exposure

Direct sun exposure can increase the risk of pigmentation changes and other complications. It is crucial to protect the treated area from sunlight by wearing protective clothing, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), and avoiding prolonged sun exposure for at least a few weeks following the treatment.

Avoid picking, scratching, or exfoliating the treated area

It's important to let the skin heal naturally after laser pigment removal. Doing so can increase the risk of infection, scarring, or hyperpigmentation.

Keep the treated area clean and moisturized

After 6 hours, gently cleanse the treated area with a mild, non-irritating cleanser and lukewarm water. After cleansing, apply a gentle moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and promote healing. Avoid using harsh or fragranced skincare products that may irritate the treated skin.

For a few days after the treatment, avoid activities that can cause excessive sweating or increase skin temperature, such as hot showers, saunas, vigorous exercise, or using hot tubs. Excessive heat can potentially irritate the treated skin and prolong the healing process.

Be patient and monitor for any changes or concernsi

It's important to understand that the results of laser pigment removal will take time to become fully apparent. It may take several weeks or even months for the treated pigmentation to fade or resolve. Monitor the treated area for any unusual changes, such as excessive redness, swelling, blistering, persistent pain, or signs of infection.

Healing process and response to treatment can vary, it's essential to follow the specific aftercare instructions provided.

Not adhering to these Pre-Care instructions can jeopardise the results of your TREATMENT.



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