[Blogger's Feature] Uncovering The Past: Tattoo Removal (Part 2)
Hi dear readers! If you have read in my previous post, you would know I went for a tattoo removal session in September. As promised, here is my second post update!
Before I left Dr Kevin Chua‘s clinic during my first tattoo removal session, I was prescribed with anti itch medication and a tiny tube of numbing cream which I had to apply 2 hours before my next visit. Thus, I slathered on the numbing cream and had my wrist taped before I went into the clinic for my Picoway laser!
What is Picoway laser?
PicoWay technology targets all colours, including blue and green, the most difficult colours to remove. Our recent upgrade of the PicoWay laser technology in March 2017 has made it more effective to remove these difficult colours than a traditional laser. The Resolve™dual wavelength picosecond fractional module also treats skin irregularities, signs of aging, acne scars, as well as pigmented lesions. Pigmented lesions that can be treated include: Nevus of Ota, Laser Skin Toning, Solar or Senile Lentigines, Beckers Nevus, Freckles (Ephelides), Café au lait.
The latest technology is applicable for all skin types and includes three wavelengths: 532nm, 785nm and 1064nm picosecond laser, with both non-fractional & fractional capabilities. These three different wavelength options mean that we can now target pigmented lesions and all tattoo types and colours. Ideally, the wavelength should be highly absorbed by the pigment and other chromophores in the skin should have little to no absorption of light within the selected wavelength.
This means, with Picoway you can have fewer treatment sessions, and more importantly, have to go through less discomfort. With minimal risk,I could achieve fast results for various skin types.
When I was there, the plastic film was removed and soon the process started! My favorite part of being here was climbing up a flight of wooden stairs before I entered the room. As I hear my footsteps echoing between the wooden walls of the homely environment, I tell myself that I am one more step closer (literally) to a clean looking wrist lol!
As usual, the air cooling machine was used to release continual stream of cold air so I did not feel anything. It was not painful and I barely felt anything except the wind tickling the skin around my wrist. I guess the numbing cream worked really well.
The pulses of light from the laser will only be used to target your tattoo pigments on the top layers of your skin, so you can see the tattoo starting to frost once it is done! As I have mentioned in my previous post, the Picoway laser machine can also be used to treat scars from cuts wounds as well. You can see the red outlines surrounding the muted white scars. Are you not excited to see the disappearance of those lines? Because I am!! Hehehe.
After the tattoo zapping process was over, a cream was applied.
A white soft bandage around my wrist and its done!
As usual, I will be posting pictures about the recovery process, so put your food away before you scroll down!
Blistering is normal!
The treatment process will involve the heating up of ink particles in your skin, which may cause the tiny blood vessels around your tattoo to burst. This will result in superficial blisters that contain both water and pigments. Blisters are an indication that your healing process has begun, although they are not aesthetically pleasing and tender to touch. Take care not burst your blisters, and they should heal completely between three to 14 days.
At this point I was very upset whenever I steal a glance at my wrist. Those blisters looked like they were screaming words of hatred at me like “WHY DID YOU PUT ME THROUGH THIS YOU EVIL WOMAN LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE NOW IM GOING TO MELT ALL OVER YOUR HAND” lol! I guess you have to be patient with your body as it is recovering!
You can see the blisters have started to flatten themselves out
It is starting to scab and peel off!
What was scarlet and loud now rest itself quietly in wait for the next treatment session.
Why has your tattoo not faded yet?
Tattoo removal requires up to two to 12 sessions, depending on factors like skin type, location, colour, amount of ink, etc. Amateur tattoos typically require two to four treatments or more; professional tattoos will require six to 10 or more. The inks will lighten and fade after each session. Thus, you must be patient and wait for the laser and your body to do the job. Although it takes one session to ink tattoo on your skin, removal is not actually that quick.
Besides the removal of tattoo, Picoway also offers scar removal; it enables you to reverse the effects of permanent decisions on your skin. With Picoway tattoo laser, you also would not be at the mercy of unsightly scars anymore!
I hope my post has shed somemore light on what Picoway tattoo removal is about. The cost of each session varies from an upwards of $50, depending on factors like skin type, location, colour, amount of ink, etc.
For more information or to schedule your tattoo removal session,