Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal

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So you’re thinking of getting a tattoo removed? Here are main reasons for tattoo removal you hear are:

  • Poorly executed tattoo – amateur or misspelled!
  • Tattoo rework or a new tattoo where an old tattoo is and don’t want the old tattoo to show through your new work
  • Clean lines – Existing tattoo needs to be cleaned around the edges as its blurring or getting fuzzy or faded
  • Life changes – you’re a parent now or someone close to you doesn’t like it

Safety first!

Well you can undergo tattoo removal on old and new (must be healed) tattoos… and the safest most effective way is through a qualified and certified tattoo removalist who uses a Medical grade Class 4 Therapeutic Goods Administration approved Nd:YAG Q-Switch Laser specific for tattoo removal. IPL, hair removal machines and creams don’t work and are unsafe and a waste of your money!

How do you know if someone is qualified to remove a tattoo with a laser?

In Queensland, you need to undergo strict training to not only work a laser but to understand tattoos. This is something that is not necessarily taught to all who yield a laser for tattoo removal. So check for qualification licenses that need to be displayed. A licence is required to actually own and operate a laser – so check for this too!

Also, it is important that the person removing your tattoo understands ink and what your goals are. If you don’t get the feeling that they are asking questions about this then they have not assessed you properly.

Check photos of work and beware of clinics who buy into a gallery of ‘before and after’ photos that may not be their work.

How Long Does It Take To Remove a Tattoo?

This is a ‘how long is a piece of string’ questions and here’s why…

A tattoo is meant to permanent! This is important to remember throughout the journey.

But these factors are considered when removing your tattoo:

  • Your skin type – some skin types lose ink faster than others and pre-existing tattoo scarring or tattoo related texture changes at the site.
  • The ink – colour, depth, layering, skill of the tattoo artist, type of ink used and where the tattoo is on your body. It is important to note that ink depth is a critical point for laser settings and both nanosecond and picosecond lasers have the capacity to reach the same ink depths. So it doesn’t matter if nanosecond or picosecond technology is used as long as it is the right wavelength to hit the ink in your skin. Note: The only difference between nanosecond and picosecond is that the laser pulse is emitted quicker.
  • Your immune system is key – Yes that’s right – Your body’s immune system is the key element in your tattoo removal journey – so keep healthy! Here’s a snapshot of how it works:
    • The laser emits short pulses of light that hit the ink under the skin causing it to fragment into smaller pieces. The body’s immune system prompts the healing process to dispose of the fragmented tattoo ink through the body’s natural waste system and moving it out through the skin. This is why it is IMPORTANT to wait about 6 weeks between treatments. This is regardless of whether a picosecond or nanosecond laser is used. It’s all to do with your immune system and healing process!

So as you can see there is a number of variables that influence tattoo removal and it would be misleading to guarantee the exact number of tattoo removal treatments. However, an estimation can be made after assessing your tattoo ink and endpoint goals to make sure you are not disappointment or have false ideas about how long it will take!

If you would like honest advice, without the marketing hype, reasonable pricing and tattoo removal results contact Skin Revolution Australia.