Laser tattoo removal works by firing laser light into the tattoo which breaks the ink into tiny pieces, these little pieces are easy for the body to absorb. This allows the ink to be removed from the body itself. Laser tattoo removal avoids damaging the skin while removing the tattoo, unlike other tattoo removal methods.
Unwanted tattoos can be removed gradually over a series of sessions using a laser.
Our Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser produces rapid, short pulse widths of energy – this limits the healthy skin’s exposure to heat which makes treatments safe and fast. The laser vibrates the ink and breaks it down into tiny fragments. These are then removed by your body's own cells and safely passed out of the body.
Your tattoo will require multiple sessions before it’s fully removed. The amount of sessions or treatments depends on how large your tattoo is, what sort of ink has been used and the length of time between your sessions. As a rough guide a ‘professional’ tattoo will need between 8 and 12 sessions whereas an ‘amateur’ tattoo might only require between 3 and 6. We will be able to give you a more accurate idea of the number of sessions required at your initial consultation.
You will need to attend for an initial consultation. We will assess your skin type and tattoo so we can give you a more accurate price and estimate number of treatments. laser is not suitable for patients with skin type V or VI.
If you have hair on the area of skin to be treated, you’d need to shave before your treatment appointment. During the treatment you will wear specially designed goggles to protect your eyes.
We use a hand piece which lightly touches your skin to direct the laser. The feeling of each short pulse is usually described as feeling like the ‘snap’ of a rubber band on the skin. In the vast majority of cases, having a tattoo removed using the laser is less painful or at worst – only the same – as having the tattoo done.
The sessions usually take about 10-30 minutes, depending on the size of the tattoo.
The tattoo should become progressively lighter with each treatment, but it's a long, slow process.
Follow these guidelines unless your laser technician directs otherwise.
We ask that you are freshly showered or bathed with completely clean skin, without lotions, oils, creams or fragrances of any kind before coming in. If there is excessive hair in the treatment area, we recommend shaving the area prior to treatment.
Avoid sun exposure to the treatment area, and do not use UV tanning beds at all for four weeks before treatment. The use of self-tanning skin care products must be discontinued 2 weeks prior to treatment, and any residual self-tanner must be removed in order to perform the treatment.
Numbing agents may not be used in the treatment area as it can interfere with the efficacy of treatment.
Use a broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF of 30 or above on a daily basis (rain or shine).
Do not use any topical products that cause photosensitivity (e.g. hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, retinols, and benzoyl peroxide) in the treatment areas for three days before treatment. Use a gentle cleanser and lotion on treated areas.
Follow instructions regarding all oral prescription medications that we provided at your medical laser consultation. If you are taking any new or different medications, including antibiotics, contact our office prior to your appointment.
If you have received any Aesthetic services in the treatment area, such as Botox®, dermal fillers, laser or spa services, please contact our office to ensure that treatment may still be performed.
Following the consultation, if we determine you are a good candidate, we will proceed with treatment. Your laser technician will begin by asking a few pertinent questions about your recent health history to ensure there are no contraindications for treatment. The technician will discuss your treatment desires and at that time you can specifically let us know what tattoos you would like to treat. The treatment area will be cleansed and prepared for treatment. Your technician will talk you through the treatment to ensure you won’t experience any surprises.
While receiving laser tattoo removal, you will be required to wear protective eye wear. You may still be able to see a flash of light, but your eyes will be completely covered. The laser technicians wear protective eye wear, as well. During the treatment, all areas of the body that will not be lasered will be covered with clothing. Only the areas to receive laser treatment will be exposed. We are always mindful of your comfort and your peace of mind; we will let you know ahead of time what to expect.
The treatment can be performed in as little as 15 minutes, depending on the size of your tattoo and type of ink that was used. Most patients compare the treatment discomfort as comparable to when they got the tattoo. Following treatment you may feel a little discomfort, but generally people experience redness, mild swelling and/or tenderness in treatment area that will resolve in a quick manner. The post treatment area response will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of treatment.
During a laser tattoo removal procedure, the practitioner guides a laser over the area of the tattoo. Unlike a laser pointer that produces a continuous beam of light, tattoo removal lasers produce pulses of light energy
Each pulse of energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink. As the tattoo ink particles absorb the energy, they heat up and then shatter into tiny fragments. Then, over the weeks following treatment, the body’s immune system flushes the tattoo ink particles away from the location, lightening the appearance of the tattoo. Each laser treatment breaks down more and more of the tattoo ink until none remains
Erythema (redness), edema (swelling), scabbing, flaking, irritation or blistering in treatment area will most likely occur. This may persist for several days. A white-gray discoloration of the treatment area may appear immediately following treatment and last for a few minutes to a few days. Your tattoo
may darken, lighten, fade or even appear to have no change immediately post treatment. On average, it takes 6-12 weeks for your body to process the pigment of the tattoo. Tattoo removal works by eliminating pigment in the tattoo through the body’s lymphatic system, therefore, treatment results will not be visibly evident for 8-12 weeks.
Discomfort may be relieved by taking an over the counter pain reliever or by using ice packs in 20-30 minute intervals.
Avoid sun exposure to the treatment area throughout the course of your laser treatments. If sun exposure is necessary, keep treatment area covered with a non-adherent bandage. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, and do not use UV tanning beds at all for four weeks after treatment.
Once per day use a gentle soap to cleanse treatment area and pat dry. To keep the treatment area moist, apply Post Laser Gel or a triple antibiotic ointment twice per day and cover with a non-adherent bandage for 7-10 days post treatment, or until the treatment area is healed.
If scabbing occurs, it is very important not to pick, shave, rub, scratch or aggressively wash the area to prevent possible scarring. If blistering occurs, do not drain blisters. Allow them to dry and heal on their own. Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first 7-10 days following treatment.
Physical exercise (aerobics, sport activities) should be discontinued for 1 to 2 days. Rough physical activities (playing football) should be discontinued for 10 days post treatment.
Do not immerse the treatment area in water for the first three weeks post procedure, or until the skin completely heals. This includes bathtubs, Jacuzzis, swimming pools, lakes, the ocean, etc.
If the tattoo is on a lower extremity, keep the leg elevated to increase blood circulation which encourages the healing process.
Return in 8-12 weeks for assessment.
Getting a tattoo might seem like a life-long commitment, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be. Laser tattoo removal is the preferred option for those who want to be rid of their body art – and with good reason. It is a relatively quick and safe procedure that will leave your skin tattoo-free.
We’ve put together a list of facts about laser tattoo removal you might not have been aware of, and that might encourage you to give it a go yourself.
Most people think that tattoo ink seeps deep into their skin, but in reality, it only penetrates into the dermis layer, just beneath the epidermis. This is deep enough that the appearance of the tattoo won’t be affected if your skin (epidermis) flakes.
Some people fear laser tattoo removal because they’re worried about the effect it will have on their skin. The way the lasers work is by targeting the pigment that has been injected into your skin, before breaking it up into tiny particles.
Your immune system will remove the colouring for you, and the areas surrounding the tattoo will be unaffected. The lasers are so intense and specific that they only target the necessary areas, so you don’t have to be concerned about other parts of your body.
Make sure you find a reputable and experienced laser tattoo removal company with a proven track record. This way, you can rest assured that your treatment is being carried out in a way that is safe and will keep side-effects to a minimum.
You might think that all tattoo ink is created equal – and this is true until you try to have your design removed. Generally speaking, some colours are easier to shift than others, with black, brown, green and dark blue usually at the simpler end of the spectrum.
This isn’t to say that other colours such as red, orange and yellow can’t be removed; just that the laser tattoo removal process might take a little longer.
If you want proof of just how popular laser tattoo removal is, then you just have to look at the long line of celebrities. From failed relationships to poor judgement during their teenage years, there are plenty of household names who have lived to regret their choice of body art.
Eva Longoria and Britney Spears, 50 Cent and Mark Wahlberg are among the famous faces who have opted to have their tattoos removed over recent years.
Perhaps one of the biggest names to undergo the procedure is Angelina Jolie, who was only too keen to have her ex-husband’s name removed from her arm. Her Billy Bob inscription was subject to laser treatment and has since been replaced with new ink plotting the coordinates of her family’s birthplaces.
Many people put off having their tattoos removed because they imagine it will take hours to complete. In reality, the procedure is quick and can be over in just a matter of minutes, depending on the size and position of the body art.
You will need to return for follow-up treatments as your skin and immune system need sufficient time to discard the pigment particles.
About 15- 30 minutes
It feels like an elastic band been twanged against the skin! So whilst not painless, it’s quicker than getting a new tattoo, and the discomfort is probably no more than you experienced when you got the tattoo initially. Discomfort can be reduced by applying anaesthetic cream beforehand and ice packs during treatment.
Yes! During laser tattoo removal the laser operates in short, fraction of a second bursts, targeted only at your tattoo. It does not affect surrounding skin.
No! Laser tattoo removal should not scar you. Instead of forcing ink out through the skin, it breaks it down soh your immune system can attack and pull it out through your lymphatic system.
No! We use only the latest most advanced lasers that are much gentler and pass freely through skin without burning. We do not use older CO2 type lasers that can burn skin.
Several treatments may be needed before the tattoo fades enough to no longer be seen. The number of sessions is dependent on the tattoo complexity, ink type, colours used, tattoo depth, tattoo age and skin colour of the client.
5-15 laser tattoo removal sessions may be required before the tattoo fades entirely. Session times vary dependent upon the size and complexity of the tattoo and patient sensitivity.
Laser Treatments insist on an initial consultation with questions on your general health and any medication you take. If you are fit and healthy, answer questions honestly and follow recommended aftercare you should be fine.
Most colours can be removed with laser tattoo removal. Black, dark blue and red tattoos respond really well to laser removal. More difficult tattoo colours to remove are white, yellow, purple and pink, but are easier to cover up. Green is probably the most difficult tattoo colour to remove. Laser Treatments uses an advanced laser that is good for most colours giving you the best results possible.
Sometimes yes, but not everything can be covered well. Some tattoos require a little help from the laser in preparation for cover-up, with a far superior result. A cover-up tattoo should always look good in its own right. Beware of promises to “cover it with black”. You may end up with a worse tattoo than the original. Even the best cover-ups are rarely 100% effective. If the original tattoo was very dark and strong it may seep back through in time.
If you only want to fade a tattoo ready for a new tattoo cover-up, you may need just 2-3 sessions over say 2-3 months, depending on what you want to cover it with. A new light-coloured tattoo will need more of the old tattoo removing than if you plan a new dark tattoo to cover the old one.
Around 30- 45 minuets
Min 6 weeks
DURATION OF RESULTS
Laser tattoo removal is permenant