To answer this question, we’d first need to analyse your skin and go over your medical history. That said, most suitable candidates for laser tattoo removal:
- don’t have any short or long-term health problems
- are not tanned on the treatment area
- don’t have very dark skin
- are not susceptible to abnormal scarring
- are not taking medications that increase the skin’s light-sensitivity.
We remove all types of tattoos, except cosmetic tattoos, e.g. eyebrow tattoos and lip-liner tattoos. The latter often use a metallic-based ink that does not respond well to laser treatment. In fact, laser treatment can make them worse.
Yes, although it is best to wait for your new ink to properly heal before we start the process.
It depends. If it’s an amateur tattoo, probably up to five treatments. If your ink has been professionally applied, you’ll need six or more treatments, possibly as many as 15. The amount of treatments you will need will be assessed at your first visit.
If you have a small tattoo, each treatment visit will usually take only a matter of minutes. If it’s a large tattoo, each treatment visit could take up to 20 minutes.
For best results, treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart.
It really depends on an individual’s pain threshold. Some people say it’s a little like a hot rubber band repeatedly snapping on your skin. To minimise discomfort we use the Zimmer cooling system.
Very, very rarely. Providing you follow our post-treatment instructions, the treatment should leave no scarring at all. Occasionally, the skin on the treatment area can lighten but this usually goes away after a few months.
Yes. Black, blue and red ink are quite quickly removed. Light colours can take a bit longer.
The treatment area might appear white or chalky. This will fade within half an hour. The area might also appear red or swollen but this will resolve itself within a few hours. If you have any blisters or tiny areas of bleeding these should be dressed. We will advise you on this as part of the after-care process.
After your treatment, we will advise you on the best after-care steps. In general, you should take it easy for about 24 hours, and keep the lasered area elevated.
If your skin is dry, itchy or flaky, make sure that any moisturiser you use is fragrance-free.
If you feel any discomfort, Panadol and an occasional ice pack will help. Do not take Aspirin, Aleve, Advil or anti-inflammatories. In addition:
- avoid scratching at any blisters or scabs
- avoid sun exposure and use a strong sunscreen (SPF30+) on the area
- don’t go swimming until the area is completely healed
- try not to overheat your skin for 24 hours – no exercise, hot baths, etc.
- until the area has completely healed, avoid long soaks in water of any kind, and do not apply make-up to the area.
Absolutely but first you must ensure that the area from which your previous tattoo was removed is completely healed.
Before you start your tattoo removal treatment, we’ll give you a frank, upfront idea of costs. This first consultation is free. Following that, costs start at $99 per visit.
We offer a free service to breast-cancer survivors with radiation-therapy tattoos.
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