Tattoo removal

At the Medisch Laser Centrum we were the first in the Benelux capable of removing tattoos with lasers, over 25 years ago. With more than 25 years of experience the removal of tattoos has been optimised within our clinic.

Tattoos

Tattooing is done by placing ink under skin, in the dermal layer. Because ink is a foreign substance to the body it is locally encapsulated. This makes sure the ink remains permanently visible as a tattoo.

Tattoos can be placed virtually everywhere on the body. A variety of colours and different types of ink can be chosen in the process. Tattoos can for example also be placed as permanent make-up at the eyebrows. It may be that after some time the tattoo fades, possibly causing the tattoo to become unsightly.

We currently have more than 25 years of experience with the most effective method for tattoo removal.

Our answer

Unwanted permanent tattoos can be removed with our lasers. There are always multiple treatments necessary in order to optimally remove the ink. The tattoo will fade with every treatment.

Intake

The first step is always an intake with our laser specialist. During this consultation our exact method, your wishes and the realistic possibilities are discussed.

Customized treatment

During the consultation the specialist inspects your skin and the tattoo. Because every type of skin and tattoo is different we need to customize each treatment for optimal results. The exact price and the number of treatments required therefore also differ for each person.

Every treatment is tailored to the type of ink, colour, skin type and location of the tattoo on the body.

For an intake we charge € 30,-. These costs will be deducted from the eventual treatment costs. In most cases we can plan an intake with a treatment directly after, if so desired and requested in advance.

Pre-care

In case you decide to have your tattoo removed it is important that the skin is as light as possible. As such we advise to avoid exposure to the sun, tanning bed, and tanning cream (bronzer) during the 3 to 4 weeks before the treatment.

Treatment

Permanent tattoos can be removed with the help of laser technology. The laser emits an intense burst of light at one wavelength for a fraction of a second. This light is selectively absorbed by the ink particles encapsulated in the skin. The energy produced by the laser breaks open the encapsulation, which allows the body's immune system to break down and remove the newly freed ink.

In the end it is up to the body to slowly break down the ink, with the help of our lasers.

However, the body cannot remove all the ink in one go. This means multiple treatments are necessary to fully remove a tattoo. If your body responds positively to the treatment, the tattoo will start to fade over the course of several months.

Unique tattoo, unique treatment

Our Q-switched Ruby laser and Q-switched Nd YAG laser currently produce the best possible results when it comes to the removal of tattoos. If and how your tattoos react to the laser treatment depends on several factors.

Every tattoo requires a unique approach.

The type of tattoo is of great importance to the effectiveness of the treatment: amateur tattoos generally contain less ink per unit surface area and the ink is usually plant-based. The colour of the ink also complicates accurate treatment predictions: different colours often need to be treated in a different way. The tattoo’s location on the body also affects how the treatment is structured - some locations are more sensitive than others. After the first treatment we will discover to which laser the ink in your tattoo responds best to.

Number of treatments

The number of treatments also depends on these factors. The average number of treatments for an amateur tattoo is between 8 and 12 treatments, while professional tattoos will take more treatments to remove. For optimal results it is necessary to allow between 6 and 8 weeks to pass between treatments.

Over 25 years of experience

It is important that tattoos are treated by a skilled specialist in order to safely achieve optimal results. We have over 25 years of experience with tattoo removal and thus have treated a wide variety of skin and ink. As such our laser specialists are more than qualified to customize and perform the most effective treatment.

Aftercare

After the treatment of your tattoo the following practical matters apply:

  • In case the tattoo has been wrapped with bandage this needs to be left alone for 24 hours.
  • It is possible for blisters to appear on the location of the tattoo. This is normal after this treatment.
  • The skin can be red, irritated and swollen. The skin can also itch and some scabs can appear. It is important to not scratch the skin. The scabs need to come off by themselves.
  • The healing process generally takes about 1 to 2 weeks.
  • It is important to not expose the treated skin to the sun or tanning bed during the first 2 to 3 weeks after the treatment.

Result

During and directly after the treatment the skin generally becomes white and opaque. This effect disappears after 20 to 30 minutes, after which the tattoo looks exactly like before the treatment. This is because the body needs a few weeks to break down the ink. As such the result also only shows after a few weeks.

After each treatment the tattoo will fade slowly, little by little.

A tattoo is generally never removed after 1 or 2 treatments. The tattoo will however fade with each treatment until the ink has been optimally removed.

Price

Starting at € 40,-

The exact price and treatment are customized during the intake with the laser specialist. For a consultation we charge € 30,-. These costs will be deducted from the eventual treatment costs. In most cases we can plan an intake with a treatment directly after, if so desired and requested in advance.


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