Project Description

Tattoo removal with Q-switched laser
Fotona Starwalker MaQX, which has the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser system with four different wavelengths, is used in the removal of tattoos, lesions containing all kinds of pigment (color), skin rejuvenation and vascular (vascular) problems. High-energy laser pulses are absorbed by the pigments without damaging the skin, separated into pieces and taken into the cell and removed from that area. It is a method that has a fast recovery process, few side effects, and can be safely applied to any skin type.

How does laser tattoo removal take place?
Because a single wavelength laser system will only be effective in a limited color range, and it would be quite expensive to get lasers of different wavelengths, manufacturers have combined multiple wavelengths into a single system. Many believe that the 1064nm Nd:YAG laser is ideal as a starting wavelength. One of the most attractive characteristics of the 1064nm wavelength in aesthetic applications is that this wavelength is almost not absorbed by melanin and can be used
safely on darker skin types. Er:yag lasers are used in combination treatments to increase the effectiveness of Q-switch lasers, which are more
commonly used in tattoo removal. With the Er:yag laser application performed just before the Q-switched Nd:Yag laser treatment, holes are opened on the tattoo, making it easier for the laser beams used in the actual treatment to reach the deep pigments. Er:yag lasers are also used in tattoo removal by creating a peeling effect, especially in skin-colored and white-colored tattoos.

Are laser applications painful?
In general, some pain may be felt during the procedure. However, the feeling of pain can be reduced with anesthetic creams or regional anesthetic drug applications, and patient comfort can be increased during the procedure.

How long does laser tattoo removal take?
Although it varies according to the area to be treated, the duration is between 1-30 minutes. In very large tattoos, it may be more appropriate to do it in sessions spread over 2-3 days instead of treating the whole tattoo in the same session.

Is there a recovery period after treatment?
White discolorations and sometimes bleeding spots and small blisters may occur on the tattoo or permanent make-up. These changes usually heal within 3-7 days. After the application, it is sufficient to apply a pomade and sunscreen that provides wound healing.

Can multi-colored tattoos also be removed?
The color of the pigment is very important in tattoo removal. While tattoos or permanent make-ups containing black and blue pigments can be easily removed, those with yellow and green pigments are very difficult to treat. However, 5 different wavelengths (532, 585, 650, 694, 1064 nm) Q-SW lasers can be used, which are effective in removing multi-colored tattoos.

Are tattoos completely removed by laser?

Professional tattoos can be easily removed when it comes to regular session intervals and the recommended number of sessions (the exact number of sessions is not given, on average 6-20 sessions). There should be at least 6 weeks between two sessions of tattoo removal. The number of sessions varies depending on the color of the pigment used in the tattoo and the depth at which the pigment is given. However, complete erasure may not always be possible. For example,
yellow and white areas may not respond well to treatment. Sometimes, spotting may occur for a while after the procedure. These stains are usually non-permanent stains that completely regress after a period.

What should be considered after laser treatment?
 Avoid a bath for a day. Patient should use hot water. Afterwards, it can be cleaned with warm water and soap or
cleaner without using fibers.
 The treatment area can be closed or left open by applying an epithelial cream.
 It is forbidden to swim in the pool for five days.
 It is necessary to protect the treatment area from artificial light sources such as the sun or solarium for at least two
weeks.