Tattoo Removal with the Harmony XL Pro Laser
The permanency of tattoos can be daunting – what might have seemed like a great idea at one point might not fit your style or image anymore. However, fret not! Tattoo removal can be very rewarding if you have been dealing with a tattoo that you no longer want or regret having, and there are several ways of accomplishing this.
Lots of people consider having a cover up tattoo, however when visiting a tattoo artist, you may be told that it is not possible to have a cover up because the existing tattoo is too dark or too big. One alternative then is to have it lightened. At Namaste Day Spa, we can help lighten your tattoo so that you are able to get the cover up that you want.
Another way to reduce the appearance of tattoos is laser treatment. The first lasers used for tattoo removal were in the late 80’s and were Argon and Carbon Dioxide lasers. They were ablative and removed successive layers of skin to expose the pigment which would then be vaporised by the laser. However, because there was no colour selective light absorption, thermal damage occurred in the surrounding skin which would lead to hypo/hyperpigmentation and scar formation. Therefore, long pulsed and IPL lasers are unsuitable for tattoo removal.
At Namaste Day Spa, we offer laser tattoo removal treatments with the amazing technology of the Harmony XL! The Alma Q-Switched Laser with “Next Generation” technology now provides a safe and effective way of removing tattoos leaving natural looking skin, without the limitations of the previously used ablative lasers.
Alma Harmony XL Pro Clearlift laser is a state-of-the-art multifunctional Q-switched ND-YAG laser that minimises the risk of scarring or Hypopigmentation associated with tattoo removal. It is suitable for all skin types and provides the ability to specifically target different colours using different wavelengths. The Harmony system was developed by Industry leaders Alma Lasers and is trusted by other industry leaders and dermatologists. Clearlift is a safe and very effective way to remove tattoos and is one of the only forms of tattoo removal that has such minimal risk.
The way it works is that the laser emits a pulse of light that is preferentially absorbed into certain colours of ink. The light enters the skin at a speed that is too fast to heat the tissues (billionths of a second), instead, it produces a ‘shockwave’ effect and breaks up the ink particles into smaller pieces, the body then recognizes these particles as something that shouldn’t be there and attacks it. The particles are then removed naturally via the body’s own elimination system. This way, it has the ability to treat professional and amateur tattoos, traumatic tattoos resulting from accidents, and cosmetic tattoos.
The total number of treatments you will require to completely rid of the tattoo may vary depending upon the size, color and location of the tattoo. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan. During the procedure, although no anesthesia is required, topical anesthetic can be requested for sensitive areas. Perhaps the biggest advantage of using this laser technology for tattoo removal is the minimal to no downtime. You can resume your normal activities immediately following the treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
A: The total number of treatments you will require to completely rid of the tattoo may vary depending upon the size, color and location of the tattoo. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan.
Q: HOW DOES THE LASER EFFECTIVELY REMOVE PERMANENT TATTOOS?
A: The laser breaks up the ink particles into smaller pieces which the body recognizes and eliminated naturally via the body’s own elimination system. This way, it has the ability to treat professional and amateur tattoos, traumatic tattoos resulting from accidents, and cosmetic tattoos.