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 Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Treatment

Permanent makeup or cosmetic tattoos has become very popular. With many inexperienced cosmetic tattooists and also with changing methods and applications, cosmetic laser tattoo removal is also more common. As fashion evolves, the permanent or semi-permanent nature of these tattoos can lead to frustration, as a client can be left with an outdated or unwanted tattoo. The best, safest and most effective solution to cosmetic tattoos is cosmetic laser tattoo removal. The process requires knowledge, skill and caution as the laser tattoo removal process is performed on some of the body’s most delicate areas – eyelids, eyebrows and lips.

 

Cosmetic laser tattoo removal will target only the tattoo pigment, with surrounding skin not affected. Results will vary depending on the client’s skin condition, health profile, the ability to heal well, the type and colour of pigment to be lightened, technique used and depth of pigment placement, or if the client has had previous laser removal sessions.

 

 

 

Commonly Asked Questions About Cosmetic Laser Tattoo Removal

Cosmetic Laser Tattoo Removal Process


Your treatment will always start with a consultation that allows us to assess your medical history and inspect the tattoo that you would like removed. Once we're ready to proceed with the tattoo removal, we prepare your skin and ensure that you are comfortable. Treatments are performed in accordance with strict clinical guidelines to ensure that every laser tattoo removal meets our extremely high standards. We send you home with detailed post-care instructions to help your skin heal properly.




How Do Tattoo Removal Lasers Work?


Pigment specific tattoo removal lasers fade or remove tattoo ink with the energy of light. The laser removes the ink by using a specific colour of light that passes through normal skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink without damaging surrounding tissue. Rapid absorption of laser light energy causes the tattoo pigment to break into smaller granules so it can be removed by the body's natural filtering systems.




How Many Sessions Do I Need?


There can be many variables in cosmetic laser tattoo removal. All these factors will be taken into consideration during your consultation, and a cosmetic tattoo removal plan will be developed. The skin type – the darker the skin type, the more sessions will be required. Because the skin’s melanin and the tattoo ink are competing targets for the laser, the darker the skin, the more the laser will be attracted to the normal skin. Therefore, to prevent complications, usually lower setting will need to be used on the laser and more sessions will be required the darker the skin. Location of the tattoo – as tattoo ink is broken down by laser and taken away by the body’s lymphatic and immune systems. Blood supply and lymphatic drainage vary with various body areas, with the greatest supply being the head/neck and trunk, and the least to the extremities. Therefore, tattoos that are situated in areas of high blood supply and lymphatic drainage require fewer treatments to remove. Colour – the colour of the tattoo is determined by the type of ink used and the constituents of the ink. Black tends to be the most readily removed, with yellow, green, and multiple coloured tattoos being the hardest tattoos to remove. Amount of ink – the amount of ink present in a tattoo will also determine how many sessions. Tattoos with minimal ink or outlines only tend to be easier to remove and require fewer sessions than heavily inked and solid tattoos. Scarring – tattooing the skin can often lead to complications such as scarring and other changes in the tissue that make the tattoo more difficult to remove by laser. For tattoos that have caused these problems, more sessions may be required to remove the tattoos. Layered tattoos – Tattoos that have been tattooed over with another tattoo tend to be more difficult to remove due to the added ink of the subsequent tattoo. A detailed treatment plan will be fully discussed before any removal begins to ensure you completely understand the process. We ensure that proper safety measures are always in place, and our practitioners are highly skilled and experienced.




What type of tattoos can be removed with lasers?


Virtually all tattoos can be treated. Both amateur and professional tattoos are treatable, however, professional tattoos require more treatments to achieve similar results. All colours can be treated, however, some may be difficult and require more treatments and have a lower chance of complete removal. Cosmetic tattoos, such as those used on the lips, eyelids and eyebrows can also be removed with laser, and generally take fewer sessions than other tattoos. Traumatic tattoos, or those caused by dirt or debris being embedded in the skin, e.g after motorbike accidents, can also be removed in the same manner as conventional tattoos.




Can tattoo removal be performed on any skin type?


Tattoos can be removed from all skin types, but the darker the skin, there is greater attraction of the laser to the melanin or pigment in the skin. This makes tattoos more difficult to remove on darker skin. Risk of hypopigmentation (loss of skin pigment) is more likely on darker skin types. When appropriate to the colour of the tattoo being removed, using longer laser wavelengths, which are less attracted to melanin than shorter wavelengths, can help reduce this risk of hypopigmentation.




How many tattoo removal treatments will I need?


Generally several treatments are required for tattoo removal. Multi-coloured and professional tattoos are generally harder to remove than single coloured or amateur tattoos and require more treatments. For complete removal professional tattoos usually require more than 10 treatments (usually 10 to 20), and amateur tattoos more than 4 as a rule. To fade a tattoo (e.g for tattooing over with a new design), fewer sessions are required. Factors that determine how many sessions will be required include; The skin type – the darker the skin type, the more sessions will be required. Because the skin’s melanin and the tattoo ink are competing targets for the laser, the darker the skin, the more the laser will be attracted to the normal skin. Therefore, to prevent complications, usually lower setting will need to be used on the laser and more sessions will be required the darker the skin. Location of the tattoo – as tattoo ink is broken down by laser and taken away by the body’s lymphatic and immune systems. Blood supply and lymphatic drainage vary with various body areas, with the greatest supply being the head/neck and trunk, and the least to the extremities. Therefore, tattoos that are situated in areas of high blood supply and lymphatic drainage require fewer treatments to remove. Colour – the colour of the tattoo is determined by the type of ink used and the constituents of the ink. Black tends to be the most readily removed, with yellow, green, and multiple coloured tattoos being the hardest tattoos to remove. Amount of ink – the amount of ink present in a tattoo will also determine how many sessions. Tattoos with minimal ink or outlines only tend to be easier to remove and require fewer sessions than heavily inked and solid tattoos. Scarring – tattooing the skin can often lead to complications such as scarring and other changes in the tissue that make the tattoo more difficult to remove by laser. For tattoos that have caused these problems, more sessions may be required to remove the tattoos. Layered tattoos – Tattoos that have been tattooed over with another tattoo tend to be more difficult to remove due to the added ink of the subsequent tattoo.




What is involved in laser tattoo removal? Will it hurt?


Firstly, a consultation is required with one of our doctors. They will discuss with you the pros and cons of laser tattoo removal. Should you decide to go ahead, you will be given some topical anaesthetic cream. Most of the time this can be applied by yourself at home. Glad wrap is used to cover the area to be treated after application of the anaesthetic cream. In most cases, anaesthetic injections are given over the area to be treated. Because these are given after the anaesthetic cream, the injections are not painful. When topical anaesthesia (cream) and local anaesthetic injections are used, the procedure is virtually painless. We also have nitrous oxide or ‘laughing gas’ as an option for those who want further analgesia for the procedure. Laser tattoo removal without the above anaesthesia is extremely painful. Once the area to be treated has been anaesthetised properly, the laser can then be fired over the tattoo without discomfort.




What will my skin look like after tattoo removal treatment?


The tattoo may appear slightly raised and frosted (white) in appearance immediately after the laser treatment. There may be surrounding skin redness, and there may be some pinpoint bleeding. An antibiotic cream will be applied along with a non-stick dressing after the treatment.This should be worn for 24 hours and the area kept dry. You should not pick at any scabs formed by the treatment, and keep the treated area out of direct sunlight and apply sunscreen if exposed to sunlight. It usually takes 1 to 3 weeks to heal (on average, but sometimes more) after laser tattoo removal, and the treated skin may appear like a wound/scab during this time. We advise that you keep the dressing applied post tattoo removal on for 1 to 2 days, and then apply Bepanthen ointment on the tattoo regularly until the scabs fall off.




Can I tattoo a new design over the same area once the tattoo has been removed?


Yes, it is possible to have the same area re-tattooed if you wish once the original tattoo has been removed. The area will need to heal completely before this can be done. Laser tattoo removal can be used to fade or remove a tattoo prior to having it tattooed over.




Can I remove a tattoo that has just been applied?


Yes, it is possible to remove tattoos that have just been applied. This is relevant for tattoos that have been wrongly applied, or for those who are immediately dissatisfied with their tattoos.​




An important note about tattoo removal:


Laser tattoo removal is usually effective for the most part. However, there are some things to keep in mind. The laser tattoo removal treatment may create superficial burns. During the treatment the area undergoes a whitening process which usually lasts for 10-20 minutes. Some people experience bruising, swelling, or pin point bleeding. Many people develop scabs, crusts or blisters. These should heal in 1-2 weeks. The treated area may experience hypo-pigmentation (lack of normal skin colour) or hyper-pigmentation (an abundance of colour), these are usually temporary.
During your consultation, please ask questions. Enter into your treatments with realistic expectations. Generally, some colours are removed easier than others. All tattoos are different and will require a different numbers of treatments.




Pricing


The cost of removing a tattoo will depend on the size of tattoo, the number of treatments required to remove it, as well as the laser used. We do offer single session pricing as well as packages which allow us to guarantee the lowest rates. We also offer a student discount and finance options on our packages. For a written quote, please set up a free, no obligation consultation. Note that our prices are guaranteed the lowest available for the advanced classes of technology used – if you receive a written quote elsewhere using the same technology, we will discount it by 5%.





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