The Pastelle Q-switch laser has been revered as the new gold standard for tattoo removal. The twin pulse ensures there is no excessive energy delivered per pulse, which can cause burns and other unwanted laser complications. It is also renowned for removing tattoos faster after fewer treatments, and also being able to remove black ink.
Downtime: Most of our clients are able to return to their daily routine (to work, school) on the same day or the next day after their treatment. We will be better able to advise you following your treatment.
Treatment Time: 15 - 30 minutes
We see great results in one session however we have to emphasise that due to the spectrum of tattoos available in the market now (such as type, depth, colour of ink etc), it is difficult for us to predict how much of the tattoo we can lighten until we access the tattoo.
Some people choose to fix their tattoo, known as “over-tattooing”, using cover art to hide an undesirable ink. If you have one tattoo on top of an older one, extra laser treatments will likely be necessary as there is a high chance that there is a large amount of ink to remove (ink pigments from both tattoos). The interval between each session are spaced between four to six weeks. This is dependent on factors like skin type, location, colour, amount of ink, etc.
After treatment, you may experience a few uncomfortable laser tattoo removal side effects such as redness, blistering, swelling, scabbing, itching and small amounts of bleeding.
These minor symptoms will likely only last a few days after each treatment. In the interim, you can soothe the discomfort with an ice pack.You can take over-the-counter pain relief if you are feeling pain or discomfort. Don’t worry, this will pass.
Avoid super hot showers, saunas, spas or intense physical activity.
WHO IS NOT SUITABLE
Have hypersensitivity to light in the near infrared wavelength region.
Taking medication which is known to increase sensitivity to sunlight.
Seizure disorders triggered by light.
Have type 1 diabetes.
Take or have taken oral isotretinoin within the last six months.
Have an active localised or systemic infection, or an open wound in area being treated.
Have a significant systemic illness or an illness localized in area being treated.
Have common acquired nevi that are predisposed to the development of malignant melanoma.
Have herpes simplex in the area being treated.
Are receiving or have received gold treatment.
HOW IT WORKS
The process is completed in three simple stages:
Tattoo ink absorbs the light emitted by the laser. Its powerful laser causes no harm on the other layers of the skin and produces pulses of intense light that rapidly targets tattoo ink.
Pastelle breaks pigmentation. Breaking up the melanin pigment into smaller particles is made easy with the use of high-intensity photoacoustic waves that is safe for the skin with recommended usage.
Pastelle removes pigment. Particles are eradicated by the body’s immune system because the skin’s macrophages helps flush the excess pigment, giving way to clearer, more beautiful skin.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There will be some discomfort during the procedure, which a few of our patients describe as quick tingling sessions, much like that of a rubber band snapping against their skin.
To reduce your level of unease, there will be numbing and anaesthesia creams available upon your request. For tattoos that span a bigger area, we recommend oral painkillers.
Your comfort is important to us, and these are all options that we will discuss with you prior to your treatment, as we endeavour to ensure that your experience remains as safe and comfortable as possible.
POST TREATMENT CARE
Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to the sun. Getting sunburned on your laser treatment area. Don’t fake tan over the area.
Continue to avoid spas, pools or saunas to reduce the chance of infection for 1 week.
Sunscreen may be applied over the treated area when exposed to sun.
If you want to use nourishing skincare after one week to help with itchiness or to soothe, you may. Rosehip oil, repair balm or bio oil.
Avoid shaving over the treated area.
Pay attention to the area. If it looks aggravated or infected, contact your laser technician.
Drink lots of water.
FOLLOW UP AND NEXT STEPS
The number of treatment session needed will be determined by the size, ink colour and depth of the tattoo. On average, full removal will require 5-7 treatments, and lightening for a cover-up will usually require much less.
Sessions are very quick - small tattoos take less than 5 minutes to complete and larger tattoos can take up to 20 minutes.
Leave 6 to 8 weeks between sessions.