Tattoo Removal

HOW DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?

Lasers are used to target the pigment in tattoo ink that resides below the skins surface and shatters it. Your body’s natural immune system will then absorb, break down and dispose of the pigment over a period of time. 

WAVELENGTH MATTERS.

Different colour ink settles in different depths of the skin. Black ink settles in the lower part of the dermis, Blues/Greens settle mid dermis and Reds/Oranges settle at the surface of the dermis. In order to successfully treat different ink colours, you need different wavelengths to properly target each colour and its depth within the skin.

IMG_0021Image shows Structure of the Skin & where the different Tattoo Inks reside.

It comes down to Physics: The two most important factors a wavelength has is 1) how deep the wavelength penetrates the skin and 2) what colour(s) does the wavelength target.

When taking into account where ink colours reside within the skin, research has proven the best wavelength to successfully target dark pigment (Black, Dark Blues, etc.) is the ND:Yag 1064. The best wavelength to target the difficult Blue and Green colours is the Ruby 694 and the only wavelength to target Red is the KTP 532.

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HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The age, location and quality of the tattoo as well as the colours used, combined with your body’s ability to dispose of the ink will determine the total number of treatments needed. We will discuss this in depth with you during an initial consult to help establish realistic expectations.

On average an amateur tattoo will need between 3-5 treatments, while a professional tattoo will generally require between 6-10 treatments. Each session needs to be spaced 6-8 weeks apart to allow for skin healing and tattoo fading.

Normally greater than 95% fading of a tattoo may be accomplished. It is however difficult to give an exact number of treatments a tattoo will need before achieving the desired fading. In saying that, you can be assured of the highest quality and best result at our clinic.

WHAT IS THE COST INVOLVED?

Cost is predominately based on tattoo size. We take into account the amount of ink in the tattoo, body placement and also if there is any negative space (skin in-between parts of the tattoo) and will always give our clients the best price per session.

We also have on-going Specials and Packages for our clients, which help make the treatments more economical. During your initial free consultation all clients are given a formal quote.

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?

There is some discomfort that most clients often associate with a hot rubber band being snapped on the skin.  During every laser treatment, we utilise the Koolio Cool Air System, which is used to help reduce swelling and discomfort during the tattoo removal treatment. Typically the laser sessions only last between 2-10mins in duration. We always work with our clients, ensuring every laser treatment is as comfortable as we can make it.

HOW SHOULD I LOOK AFTER THE TATTOO?

On completion of each laser removal treatment, the area will be dressed with antiseptic cream and a dressing applied. Before leaving, every client is provided detailed written aftercare instructions. Clients are also welcome during any stage of the healing process to contact or visit us, should they have any queries. It is important that you feel at ease and comfortable throughout the whole removal process.

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 Please contact us to make an appointment for a FREE consultation and further discuss your specific needs. Call (03)9769 6555

 

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