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Dr Otto uses the most advanced laser technology for tattoo removal, the Superbium Bios Nd: YAG Q-Switched Laser, which is one of the most modern and powerful Lasers on the market, ensuring excellent results every time.

  • Tattoo removal with the Superbium Bios Nd: YAG Q-Switched Laser reduces the risk of scarring by other methods.
  • The Laser targets the exogenous pigment without damaging the skin.
  • The ink particles break down and the appearance of the tattoo fades over time.
  • The Superbium Bios Nd: YAG Q-Switched Laser, has multiple wavelengths suitable for different colors.
  • Multiple treatments are needed.
  • Single-colored tattoos respond faster.

Until recently, dermabrasion was used to remove tattoos, scraping the skin in an effort to clear the pigment. This often left scars or shadows of the original tattoo.

Another option was to surgically resect the tattoo followed by suturing the wound or transplanting skin from another part of the body. However, both of these methods were painful, costly with the very frequent appearance of deformed scars.

Fortunately, in the last two decades, laser technology for tattoo removal has evolved a lot. Thus, leading plastic surgeons to consider Lasers to be the best method for the safe removal of both amateur and professional tattoos.

How does it work?

The Laser does not cut or burn the skin, but selectively targets the tattoo pigment using very small high-power light pulses. Ink particles break into thousands of smaller, tiny particles. These are then absorbed and removed by the immune system.

Do all ink colors disappear equally well?

No, darker colors like black, blue and red clean better, while orange and purple usually respond quite well as well. However, green, blue and yellow inks tend to be the most difficult to remove, while white inks are not affected at all by the Laser.

Procedure

Before the treatment, an numbing cream is applied for 30'-45' which ensures a completely tolerable procedure. The sensation decreases as the sessions progress and the tattoo weakens.

On average, each laser session lasts 10 '- 30'.

The number of sessions required is individualized and depends on several factors (6-point Kirby-Desai scale):

  • Skin phototype
  • Anatomical position
  • Quantity of pigment
  • Depth
  • Healing process
  • Color

Most amateur tattoos can be safely removed within 6 sessions, but professional tattoos may require more than 12 treatments.

Dr Otto recommends treatments be done at intervals of 4-8 weeks to allow the immune system time to clear up the scattered, pigment particles.

After each treatment there is usually a momentary whitening of the skin, but this generally wears off quickly.

The area is likely to be sensitive for a few hours. Sometimes, in fact, it can be red and swollen for a few days.

Very occasionally, some superficial blisters may appear, but this is quite normal and does not indicate scarring.

Is there any special care after the application?

Dr Otto recommends the use of a special regenerating ointment, as well as sun protection with SPF 30+ between sessions.

Will the tattoo disappear completely?

In most cases, yes, but there are hundreds of different types of ink and sometimes they are even mixed with other compounds. For this reason, it is impossible to accurately predict the degree of removal of any given tattoo.