Regret a tattoo? Or has the tattoo not been completely successful? At KNAP Institute you can now go for the removal of the tattoo with laser treatments. These treatments are able to remove unwanted tattoo ink in the skin.
About our treatment
The laser delivers very short pulses of high energy that are absorbed by the dark pigment of the tattoo. By the “laser shot” the encapsulation of the ink particles is broken up, the ink particles are therefore increasingly eroded in very small particles. These ink particles, which are made smaller and smaller, are cleared by the body in the weeks after the treatment. After several sessions, the tattoo will continue to fade.
The number of treatments depends on, among other things, the depth, color and age of the tattoo. During an intake interview we draw up a treatment plan together with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should not use fish oil (Omega-3-6), St. John’s Wort, Aspirin, anticoagulants, corticosteroids, Isotretinoin, other retinoids or other blood or skin thinning medicines for treatment. In addition, we recommend not to use alcohol in connection with a bleeding tendency and you should stay out of the sun 4 weeks before and after the treatment. With hair growth, it is important to shave 1 day in advance and waxing or epilating should be done at least 3 days in advance. We also recommend stopping smoking because smoking reduces the skin repair.
The skin is first disinfected by the doctor or skin therapist. The laser is set to the appearance of the tattoo. Then the laser is placed just above the tattoo and the entire area is carefully treated. The treatment can be painful. During the treatment a white haze develops over the tattoo, which is a desired reaction. Afterwards, this haze will pull away and the skin will start to swell. The skin is then cooled with cold packs, smeared with antibacterial ointment and covered with a sterile gauze.
After the treatment, you can cool the skin with cold packs and we recommend drinking plenty of water. The first day you do not have to cleanse the skin. Clean with cool water from the second day. You are not allowed to swim or bathe and the treated area should be dry-dabbed with a clean towel.
After the treatment you lubricate daily Alhydran, Lamiderm or Bepanthen. This ointment should be used as long as the skin is still healing and crusting is present. Once the skin is healed, you can use a moisturizing cream and an SPF 50+. Exposure to UV radiation should
The treatment is suitable for both removing professionally applied tattoos and amateur tattoos.
The treatment lasts 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the area to be treated.
6 to 14 treatments may be required.
The result of the treatment depends on, among other things, the color (s) of your tattoo, the depth and the age of the tattoo. It is important to express your expectations in advance and adjust them if necessary.
The light from the laser is very well absorbed by the colors black, purple and dark blue. The colors red, pink, yellow, orange and green react less well.
If you follow the precautions carefully, there will normally be no scars. With a tinted or dark skin, the treated skin may sometimes darken. In general, this ‘hyperpigmentation’ disappears automatically after three to six months. In rare cases, however, it is permanent.
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