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The Art of Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal

Dr. Ma was featured on The Straits Times for his work on laser tattoo removal 2015. Source: The Straits Times

It is ok to change your mind: Introducing Freia Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is the gold standard treatment of choice given its safety and effectiveness. Tattoos have become increasingly popular in Asia, and correspondingly, tattoo-removal requests have also increased as patients’ personal identities advance. Tattoos may put a strain on interpersonal relationships, affect employability or simply grow out of fashion. Other times, we have patients who request to lighten their existing tattoos so as to put on a new tattoo design. The reasons for wanting to remove a tattoo are endless, and we are here to help.

How does laser tattoo removal work?
Tattoos are removed by directing laser energy at the tattooed area in very short pulses, passing through the outer layer of the skin and directly targeting the tattoo ink. The laser selectively destroys the tattoo ink. Over the next few weeks, the body’s scavenger cells remove pigment residues, resulting in lightening of the tattoo.

MedLite-C6-Close-UpWhat kind of laser is used?
We have a few tattoo removal lasers in our clinic but the Medlite C6 Q-switched Nd-yag laser is an established and safe system and considered one of the most effective to remove tattoos. At Freia, we also have the hand-piece for treatment of green and sky-blue tattoos.

The Medlite C6 Laser is the gold standard for safe and effective tattoo removal

I’m worried that tattoo removal would leave bad scars. How true is that?
Earlier methods in tattoo removal involved the use of crude and painful dermabrasion, salabrasion (using coarse table salt and a moist abrasive pad), surgery and CO2 lasers, but these procedures had a much higher risk of scarring, which may have been worse than having the tattoo itself. Under our care, most tattoos are effectively removed with little risk of scars. The art of laser tattoo removal is to safely remove the tattoo, but at the same time do it safely without scarring.

Is the process painful?
A topical anesthetic cream is routinely applied for 20 minutes prior to treatment. Zimmer cool air protects the treatment area and increases comfort levels throughout the laser treatment. There is some discomfort during the procedure, but it is usually very well tolerated. Patients describe the sensation of a rubber band snapping on the skin. Upon request (usually for larger tattoos) you can also take oral painkillers before the tattoo removal treatment. We will discuss these options with you.

How long does each treatment take?
Usually only a few minutes, but this depends on the size and number of colours on the tattoo.

Is tattoo removal safe?
Tattoo removal is a low-risk, outpatient procedure. Side effects are predictable and minimal. Rarely, patients may experience blistering or pin-point bleeding, but this normally heals within 1 week.

How long will it take before I can return to work?
Most patients can return to work the same day or the next day following their treatment.

How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?
Professional tattoos may require 6 to 10 treatments upwards. Amateur tattoos usually require 2 to 4 treatments upwards. All treatments are spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart. The number of treatments needed depend on the amount and density of the ink, the type and the depth of the ink in the skin, the location of the tattoo, and the patient’s individual skin type. After each treatment, the tattoo becomes progressively lighter.

What is the time interval between treatment sessions?
We usually like to space the treatment sessions 4 to 6 weeks apart. This gives your body time to digest the fragmented ink pigments to be removed by your body’s natural processes. In order to achieve your goals, we suggest getting started on the tattoo removal treatment as soon as possible.

How much will it cost?
Pricing depends on the size and complexity of the tattoo. WhatsApp a photo of your tattoo, along with dimensions in cm for a quote today: +65-8223-0609 or email us: info@freia.sg

Do all colors of ink respond to laser treatment equally?
Dark blue, black and red inks are the easiest to treat. Orange, yellow, and purple usually respond moderately well. Green, sky-blue inks are the most difficult to remove. We use a special wavelength for blue and green ink. White and pink tattoos usually respond poorly.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?
Most of the time, yes. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it difficult to predict with 100% certainty.

What can I expect post-treatment?
A healing ointment and a water-proof dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of ointment prescribed. Some patients like to ice the area with cold packs or frozen peas. You can shower on the same day, although the treated area should not be scrubbed or scratched and it should be shielded from the sun. The tattoo will start to fade after a few weeks.

Are there any side effects of tattoo removal?
Side effects of laser procedures are generally few but may include hyperpigmentation, or an abundance of color in the skin at the treatment site, and hypopigmentation, where the treated area lacks normal skin color. On occasion, we see that blistering may form on the treated area, but this quickly goes away. Other possible side effects include infection of the site, lack of complete pigment removal and a 5 percent chance of permanent scarring (keloids, etc). The vast majority of patients report having no side effects.

How Do I make an appointment for Laser Tattoo Removal?
Call +65 6735 8180 and our friendly staff will be glad to assist. We can arrange for you to have your first session on the same day as your consultation with the doctor.

 

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Dr. Ma was humbled to receive an award from the Director of Prisons in 2011, for pro-bono Laser Tattoo Removal for ex-offenders, helping them rehabilitate back to society

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Dr Ma receiving a long service award in September 2013 for his continuing prison volunteer work of Laser Tattoo Removal with ex-offenders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ma is proud to receive the 5 year long service award for his work with ex-offenders

Dr. Ma is proud to receive the 5 year long service award in 2015 for his Laser Tattoo Removal work with ex-offenders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Due to MOH guidelines in Singapore, accredited medical clinics are not allowed to show before and after photos on websites and marketing materials. We apologize for that. We would be delighted to showcase our photographs and actual results during the consultation in our clinic.

 

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