Laser Tattoo Removal - Coming Summer 2021

How does it work?

Our clinic uses the Q-Switched Nd YAG laser which is specially designed for the purpose of tattoo removal. This laser allows very high-powered laser light to be delivered to the skin over a fraction of a second.  The laser beam is attracted to the darker colours found in the ink of the tattoo. When the beam of laser strikes the ink in a tattoo it shatters the ink into very fine particles. These particles are then no longer visible to the eye and become small enough to be absorbed and removed by the body’s own natural filtration (lymphatic) system. 

In General:
  • With modern laser technology the risk of scarring is very low, however it is important to follow aftercare instructions.
  • Our Q-Switched Nd YAG laser can remove tattoos containing Black, dark and light blue, green and red pigments
  • Anaesthetic creams are used to numb the skin or an anaesthetic injection may be given to numb smaller areas (at an extra charge)
How many treatments are necessary?

It is impossible to accurately predict the number of treatments necessary as it depends on the amount of ink used and how deep the ink was inserted. However as a guide most professional tattoos will require at least six to twelve treatments. Follow up treatments are conducted at no less than 4-6 week intervals. Further fading can occur for several months after each treatment.

Can all types of tattoos be removed?

It is possible to remove or significantly lighten most tattoos. Black, blue and red tattoos tend to respond well. Aqua, green and yellow tattoos may be more resistant and only partially fade. White tattoos reflect laser light and therefore do not respond to laser treatment.

What are the costs likely to be?

Treatment costs will vary depending on the size, colour and time required to treat the tattoo. This can be discussed during your initial consultation. 

How frequent are the treatments?

Time is required between each treatment to allow the body’s lymphatic (cleaning) system to remove the ink that has been treated by the laser.  A minimum period of 4 – 6 weeks between treatments is recommended.

How long after being tattooed can removal commence?

Removal can commence as soon as the tattoo has completely healed. Although it may appear healed within a week or two the tattoo will still require further time to completely heal prior to removal commencing. A minimum period of six (6) weeks is advised. Your initial consultation can take place at any time during the six weeks.

Can the area be re-tattooed?

Yes, the area can be re-tattooed following laser removal. Whether you have had complete removal, partial removal or just lightening of the area will be able to be re-tattooed. The wish to replace an existing tattoo is a common reason for having laser tattoo removal.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?

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. Your clinician can discuss with you the likeliness of success during your initial consultation.

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