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Laser Tattoo Removal

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Laser tattoo removal breaks down the ink in the tattoo, which initiates the fading process for the body to naturally absorb. Lasers are the much preferred technology for the removal/lightening of tattoos, as it produces superior results, with minimal pain and reduces the likelihood of scarring.

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About laser Tattoo Removal

We pride ourselves on having the most advanced Q-switched laser available in Australia. The machine will easily remove multi-coloured tattoos including the usually difficult blue and green ink as well as single colour tattoos safely and effectively. Extremely short nanosecond bursts of light energy penetrate the skin through the tattoo ink pigment leaving surrounding skin untouched. The laser passes beneath the dermis where the ink molecules are shattered into smaller pieces that are then absorbed and removed naturally by the body.

Prior to your tattoo removal, tt is important to keep the tattoo out of direct sunlight and ensure 30 SPF (or higher) sunscreen is used for four weeks up until treatment. Sun effected skin can result in additional discomfort and slow the healing process. Most importantly avoid any direct sunlight for at least 48 hours prior.

We also recommend that if you smoke to limit or cease smoking for up to four weeks prior to treatment. Smoking causes decreased flow of oxygen and can delay the healing process.Numbing creams(fees apply) can be used prior to treatment however it is important to apply to the area a minimum of 45mins to 1 hour before hand to allow for the effect to take place.

Depending on where the tattoo is you wish to get removed, ensure loose fitting clothing is worn to avoid any rubbing or irritation after treatment.

How does it work?

Laser light pulses is focused onto the area of the tattoo. The targeted ink particles then selectively absorbs the energy from the laser. Thus, the greater the contrast between ink and skin colour, the better the candidate. Once the ink particle become fragmented, the body’s natural immune and lymphatic system does its job to slowly remove it.

The laser passes beneath the first layer of the skin into the dermis (the second layer) where the ink molecules absorb the laser energy and are shattered into smaller pieces that are then absorbed into the blood stream. The body will then begin the process of harmlessly removing the ink through the lymphatic system which will take a minimum of 6 weeks for the process to be successful.

Each treatment will continue to target the tattoo ink pigment, each time shattering into smaller microscopic pieces eventually dissipating and allowing no visible particles. Just like the sun is attracted to a black t-shirt yet reflects a white one, the surrounding skin with no tattoo pigment will simply reflect the laser and remain unaffected.

During treatment the tattoo will appear to have a white surface layer which is the first initial sign that the process is working. This is caused by the breaking down of tattoo pigment and the reaction to the laser, this colouring will subside within a couple of hours.

Immediately after treatment the surrounding skin is likely to show a red discoloration and mild swelling. The feeling can be compared to mild sunburn where swelling and redness may last for one week. We will continue to cool the area at minus 40℃ using our optimised skin cooling machine.

Post Treatment

  • Apply post laser lotion to the treatment area and continue to do so 3 times a day
  • Keep the area covered with a new clean dressing for at least 2 – 3 days after to avoid infection. After this time, remove the dressing and allow the area to ‘breathe’ and assist in healing and scabbing. This is a normal part of the body’s recovery process.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure during the entire healing process and ensure spf 50+ sun cream is applied and/or clothing is covering the area (this includes tanning beds). Continue using sunscreen up until your next treatment.
  • Showering is acceptable after 8 hours, however it is advised that you avoid prolonged exposure to water and avoid excessive heat in the skin for 48 – 72hours post treatment. This includes direct water pressure from a shower, exercise, swimming pools, using a bath etc. Excess moisture will hinder the wound/scab from healing.
  • Avoid injury to the area
  • Avoid scratching, picking or touching the direct or surrounding area. Pain of itching can be eased by applying a post laser lotion
  • Cold packs or a cool cloth may be applied if further discomfort persists. Be careful not to ice the area for too long as this may cause an ‘ice burn’.
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 weeks before your next treatment

Frequently asked questions about Laser Tattoo Removal

Who is laser tattoo removal for?

Laser tattoo removal is for people who would like to completely or partially erase or lighten their tattoos. This also applies for people who might’ve previously attempted to remove their tattoos, such as via home remedies, providing the prior treatments did not result in excessive scarring

What types of tattoos can be removed?

Certain pigments and inks presents a greater challenge to the success to the removal, thus 100% removal of the tattoo is not always possible but in most cases, a dramatic lightening to a complete removal is very probable.

Both hobbyist (amateur) and professional tattoos are treatable, however a higher frequency of treatment is required for the professional tattoo as they tend to be deeper and darke

How does the laser work?

Laser light pulses is focused onto the area of the tattoo. The targeted ink particles then selectively absorbs the energy from the laser. Thus, the greater the contrast between ink and skin colour, the better the candidate. Once the ink particle become fragmented, the body’s natural immune and lymphatic system does its job to slowly remove it.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments will depend on several factors such as:

a) depth of ink penetration,
b) colour, and its intensity,
c) skin colour.
Generally, you’ll see a difference after 2 treatments, needing 6 to 8 treatments all up.

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Is there downtime after a treatment?

Generally, no. Clients can resume normal activities without restriction, however avoid activities which exposes the treated area to direct sunlight.

How much time is needed between treatments?

Treatment sessions are scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart, for optimal results.

Are there any side effects?

The treatment is relatively gentle and mild, in the hands by an experienced laser therapist, causing only minimal discomfort with no side effects.

So, what is involved in laser tattoo removal?

Firstly, not everybody is a candidate, thus a detailed and thorough professional consultation is mandatory. Consultations costs $100, but this cost is offset against the final cost of the treatments (thus, effectively FREE). In this consultation, we have ALL your questions answered. As much as we like to help all our clients, at this point, we would also respectfully reject any clients whom we deem unsuitable for such a treatment.

The experience is the same as the sensation of having rubber-band “flicks” being snapped onto your skin. However, we recommend the application of topical numbing cream 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to treatment. We can also apply this topical cream for an added cost of $35 to $80 (size of area dependent) with the additional use of ice-packs before and during the treatment.

Am I a suitable candidate for laser tattoo removal?

You’re a good candidate if you:

a) Do not have a history of abnormal scarring
b) Have not recently/currently taking Roaccutane or other similar medication that can increase the skin’s sensitivity to light
c) Have not currently tanned the area
d) Have no serious long term health issues, and am in current good general health
e) Do not have very dark natural skin

What’s the deal with skin types?

Generally, candidates of all skin types are suitable. However, the darker the skin, the less the contrast between the skin and the ink, thus increasing the difficulty, and increasing the number of treatments required. The desired outcome, is to make the ink the target, not the skin, as light is attracted to darker pigments.

Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar?

There is a low probability which results to some minor skin tone variation to the treated area. However, in most cases, this is merely transitory, meaning your skin tone will eventually return to its normal condition within several months to a year. In even more rare cases, loss of pigmentation may occur, resulting to the treated area being lighter in tone than normal. Likewise, your skin would most probably return to its natural skin tone within a few months.

Can I remove only part of my tattoo?

Yes. We can remove as much or as little of your tattoo as you desire. In some cases, and depending on your tattoo configuration, we can even remove colours from old tattoos that have been covered up by new tattoos.

Can I tattoo a new tattoo over the same area once the old tattoo have been removed?

Yes, it is possible to have the same area re-tattooed if you wish once the original tattoo has been removed. However, adequate healing must take place prior to the application of the new tattoo. Thus, laser tattoo removal is very effective at controlling fade or remove a tattoo prior to having it re-tattooed.

What will my skin look like after treatment?

The treated area may appear slightly raised and a white frosting may be visible, as well as some redness and in rare cases, some pinpoint bleeding. All these conditions listed, are a sign that we’ve achieved something, so its a good sign!

What do I need to do post-treatment / How do I care after my treatment?

We will prescribe the appropriate after-care products to help sooth and accelerate the healing process. As superficial scabs may form, do not pick on them as tempting it may be. The healing process will take place for as long as 1 to 3 weeks. Most of all, do not expose the treated area to direct sunlight for any more than a few minutes, ideally none.

What do I need to do before a treatment (pre-treatment)?

Leave your skin as stress-less as possible. Meaning, no excessive exposure to the sun and no spray tanning (or UV tanning). Avoid the use of medication such as Roaccutane. In other words, leave you skin in its most natural state.

We recommend to apply a topical numbing cream 45 minutes to an hour, before the treatment. However, we can also apply this topical cream for an added cost of $35 to $80 (size of area dependent) with the additional use of ice-packs before and during the treatment.

Is laser tattoo removal safe for pregnant women and other contraindications?

No. Just as getting a tattoo during pregnancy is discouraged, so is removal of a tattoo. The reason this particular procedure is not recommended is because it breaks up the ink, which is then absorbed into your body.

So what are the costs?

The cost of laser tattoo removal is dependant on the size of the treatment area, the number of treatment sessions required, type, depth of ink, skin types and your instructions (such as partial removal vs full removal). Below is an approximate guide of the pricing structure. During our detailed consultation, we will discuss with you the full cost, prior to commencement of any treatments.

Our tattoo removal price not included numbing cream application.

Prepay for 4x treatments and receive ONE FREE treatment.

How does LUTRONIC’S Q-SWITCHED Laser work?

Removal of tattoos depends on the principle of selective photothermolysis; when the proper wavelength is applied the ink absorbs the energy preferentially, causing it to break down. The body’s natural healing processes remove broken down pigment over time. Surrounding tissue is largely unaffected, but not entirely spared, so tattoo removal is typically uncomfortable for patients. Numerous sessions are required to maximize results.

The Q-switched laser is the most commonly used device for tattoo removal.  Modulation of treatment parameters allows users to customize treatment based on the condition and skin type of the individual patient, to maximize results as well as manage patient comfort and the potential for side effects.   The 1064nm wavelength Nd:YAG is recognized as the safest choice for the treatment of darker skin types , however, special care must be taken due to the increased potential for burning or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

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