FracTAT

TREATMENT SUMMARY

PRICE

From £50

  • SENSITIVITY

    12 HOURS

  • ANAESTHETIC

    NONE

  • PROCEDURE

    15 - 60 MINS

  • RECOVERY

    72 HOURS

  • TREATMENT INTERVALS

    8-12 WEEKS

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FracTAT

FracTAT is the latest technique developed by Fotona for treating unwanted tattoos. It is a two step treatment using Fractional Erbium Yag and the traditional Q-switch Nd:YAG.
 

How does it work?  

The first step of treatment uses the Fractional handpiece to drill micro channels into the skin close to the tattoo pigment. This allows gas, steam and some pigment to be released though the micro channels without breaking the skin structure or building up excessive pressure. This significantly reduces downtime from the procedure and reduces the risk of blistering and scarring. It will also speed up the removal of ink pigments from the skin.
 
The second stage of the treatment uses the Q-Switched laser; a dual laser system using 2 wavelengths. The ND:YAG wavelength targets dark pigments including black and brown inks. The KTP wavelength targets red and orange pigments. During the treatment the light from the laser is absorbed by the particles of tattoo pigment. The tattoo pigment heats up and breaks down into smaller particles. These tiny particles are scavenged away by your body’s immune system causing the tattoo to gradually disappear. Each treatment will only break up a proportion of the pigment hence the need for multiple sessions.

Can I still have multiple passes?

The R20 method can still be used with the new FracTAT technique. As the micro holes caused by the fractional device allow gas and steam to leave the skin quicker you can repeat the 2nd step of treatment with only five minute breaks in between passes. We can do up to 3 passes with a 5 minute break in between in one treatment sitting.  The advantage of the R20 method is that with each pass you do, the ink is shattered into smaller particles meaning more can pass through your lymph nodes.

What can I expect from the treatment?

The number of treatments will be determined by several factors including; colour of the tattoo, how old it is, where it is located on the body and how much ink is in the design. Treatments are spaced between 8-12 weeks apart. Following the treatment you may experience some redness and swelling which can last around 24 hours. As the skin heals it may become dry and itchy, The use of an unperfumed moisturiser will help relive this.

 

Will I need a consultation before the treatment?

Prior to treatment you will need a consultation with one of our aesthetic therapists. During this consultation we will check you are suitable for treatment and assess your tattoo. Using the Kirby Desai Scale we will calculate the approximate number of treatments needed to remove your tattoo. The treatment will be explained to you including pre and post care and patch test will be performed to ensure your skin will tolerate the treatment.

What is the recommendation for aftercare?

Our new FracTAT treatment significantly reduces the risk of blistering however they may still occur. We dress the tattoo before you leave the clinic and recommend this stays on until you are settled at home. You will experience some swelling and redness for up to 48 hours. As the skin starts to heal it may become itchy and dry. You can use a non-perfumed moisturiser to relieve. We also recommend the daily use of SPF50 if the tattoo will be exposed to UV Light.

How much does it cost?

Treatment cost is determined by the size of your tattoo. A small tattoo starts from £50 per session.

Will the tattoo be removed completely?

We can never guarantee complete removal of the tattoo. The laser will break the tattoo ink into tiny particles however the removal of these particles is solely dependent on your body. Some clients are only looking to fade the tattoo as they plan to cover it up with another tattoo.

How long does the treatment take?

A small tattoo will take 20 minutes to treat with both steps of the treatment.

Will the removal hurt?

The Q-Switched Laser uses high energy to shatter the ink to small particles so client should expect some mild discomfort during the treatment. We have the benefit of offering cooling during the treatment to make it more comfortable.

Will I be left with any scarring?

Our new Fractat treatment significantly reduces the risk of blistering which leads to scarring, however we can never guarantee this.

Are there any side effects?

You will experience some swelling and redness for up to 48 hours. As the skin starts to heal it may become itchy and dry.

Is the treatment safe?

Fotona Lasers are FDA approved for the removal of Tattoos and we follow the protocols and guidelines from them.

How does the ink leave my body?

During the treatment the light from the laser is absorbed by the particles of tattoo pigment. The tattoo pigment heats up and breaks down into smaller particles. These tiny particles are scavenged away by your body’s immune system and causes a gradual disappearance of your tattoo. Each treatment will only break up a proportion of the pigment hence the need for multiple sessions.

I am going on holiday, can I swim and sunbathe after treatment?

We recommend waiting 30 days before you expose the area to sun. Healing time will vary from client to client but we recommend waiting until the dryness has healed before you go swimming. Once the area is exposed to sun you will have to wait 30 days before your next treatment.

Can Frac Tat be performed on any part of my body?

We can perform tattoo removal on all parts of the body except inner eye orbital and intimate areas.

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