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Why do people want to remove their tattoos?

Some people get tattooed and regret the decision further on. What seemed like a good idea at the time can cause a problem in later life: it can mean difficulty in securing employment or going for a promotion. There are also people now seeking to reduce or remove previous tattoos in order to make way for new and better designs. With the increase of cosmetic tattooing of eyebrows, we are also seeing greater number of people seeking to have these removed.

Laser Tattoo removal what is involved?

Tattoo ink is made of tiny particles which sit under the skin. These ink particles are too big for your white blood cells to eliminate. Using a Q switched ND:YAg laser, we can break up these larger ink particles, allowing your body to absorb the pigment and remove it from your body naturally.

In many cases, there will be a 100% clearance of the tattoo. On average, 95% fading is considered a good result. The result depends upon the colour and type of ink used as well as the depth of penetration of the ink in the skin.

The treatment itself makes a popping noise as the laser “pops” the ink pigments under your skin, which sounds worse than it feels.

​Some pigments will not respond to treatment, white, sky blue and leaf green. Ultra-vivid pigments may respond by turning brown or black. Semi- permanent or micro pigmentation pigments are often a blend of earth toned pigments, containing iron-oxide compounds which commonly turn black on exposure to light. These residues then may, or may not, respond to further treatment.

Red inks often contain cadmium- this compound carries a high risk of an allergic response and in more severe cases an anaphylactic respons
It is essential that careful test patching is carried out on any micro pigmentation inks to ensure that pigment will respond without making matters worse. If the worst-case scenario is not acceptable, you should be wary of continuing because you are unlikely to be happy with outcome.

Is it safe?

Yes, there are strict protocols for the use of the laser. You will be informed of the treatment process during your initial consultation. You will be given clear, simple instructions for pre and post treatment.

During treatment you will wear protective laser goggles and will follow the instructions of the laser therapist.

Scarring is most unlikely but can occur on rare occasions. Sometimes the skin’s natural brown pigmentation (melanin) may be become paler or darker in the treated area. Pigmentation will gradually return to normal over a period of months. In rare cases this pigmentation change can be permanent.

How many treatments will I need?

​The time for treatments can vary from between 15 minutes to 1 hour due to the different sizes of tattoos. We can best determine this in your initial consultation. Treatments are generally performed every 6-8 weeks, depending on your health and healing.

It is impossible to accurately predict the number of treatments necessary as it depends on the type and amount of ink used, and how deep the tattooing was done. Newer inks are designed to be fade resistant and can be harder to remove than a home tattoo with Indian ink. However, most professional tattoos will require a minimum of 10 treatments. Further fading can occur for several months after each treatment.

Does it hurt?

We recommend all clients use a topical anaesthetic cream prior to treatment. Much like getting a tattoo in the first place, the pain varies from person to person. Most people liken it to having a rubber band snapped against their arm

What are the side effects?

After the treatment: discomfort, burning sensation, swelling, redness, possible crusting and occasionally blistering appearing over the treated area. Delayed side effects can include lightening and darkening of skin tone.

The treated area may also feel very tender to the touch. It’s vital that the skin is well looked after immediately after the treatment. The treatment site should be considered as a minor burn and protected. There is a risk of infection if the area is not properly looked after, once the skin has returned to normal, generally after 4-6 weeks, then repeat the treatment can be performed.  You will be given clear, simple instructions for pre and post treatment.

What does it cost?

Each session will cost between $50 – $200 per session depending on the area and size of tattoo being treated

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