Dr. Yeap Choong Lieng
Consultant Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon
FAMS (Plastic Surgery),
MBBS (S'pore), FRCS (Ed)
Ministry of Health
Yeap Plastic Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery
3 Mount Elizabeth, Suite 14-13
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Tel: (65) 6734 0061 / (65) 6734 0062
Fax: (65) 6738 1192
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Tel: (65) 6533 0088 / (65) 6535 8833
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Latest Treatment - Tattoo Removal
No one knows when the practice of tattooing the skin began. Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. While some people keep their tattoos for life, many people regret their decision to decorate their body and eventually want them removed. With the Medlite Medical Laser system, you can now change your mind and remove reminders of the past.
Early attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results. The use of dermabrasion, salabrasion and Argon or CO lasers have left behind undesirable scars.
The advent of the Q-switched lasers has permitted the removal of the most tattoo inks with very low risk of scarring. The Medlite Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is the newest system in this class of lasers. The Medlite can significantly lighten or remove many tattoo inks, and is particularly advanced in the removal of blue, black and red inks.
1. Questions you may have concerning the Medlite tattoo removal process
How does the Medlite laser remove the Tattoo? The Medlite laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. Just as natural sunlight is made up of light wavelengths of many colors, a laser is a device, which is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. These wavelengths are absorbed, reflected or simply passed through objects. Tattoo ink is removed by using a specific wavelength, which passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to destruct, where it is then removed by the body’s natural filtering systems.
2. Is the process painful?
The Medlite laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band or specks of hot bacon grease on the skin. The majority of all patients do not require anesthesia depending on the location of the tattoo. Anesthesia creams are available of needed. The Medlite laser provides maximum tattoo removal while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.
3. How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?
The number or treatments depends on the size, location and age of the tattoo, amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. On the average, a total of 3-7 treatments, all spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart will be necessary. Rarely, will more than ten treatments be needed.
4. Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
No, dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. blue and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.
5. Will the tattoo completely disappear?
In many cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.
6. What type of post-treatment care is necessary?
Occasionally there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment given to you by our physician. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should not be scrubbed.
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