WHAT IS LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?

Laser tattoo removal is a procedure that uses specialized laser technology to break down the pigment in tattoos. It's one of the most effective methods for removing tattoos, offering significant results with minimal scarring compared to other techniques like dermabrasion or surgical excision.

The number of sessions required for laser tattoo removal varies widely depending on several factors, including:

  • Tattoo Characteristics: The size, color, complexity, and depth of the tattoo can significantly impact the number of sessions needed. Larger, multicolored, and deeply inked tattoos typically require more sessions to achieve satisfactory results.
  • Ink Type: Different types of tattoo ink respond differently to laser treatment. Some colors, such as black and dark blue, are more easily broken down by lasers, while lighter colors like yellow and green may be more challenging to remove and may require additional sessions.
  • Skin Type: The individual's skin type and characteristics, such as skin color, thickness, and ability to heal, can influence the effectiveness of laser tattoo removal. Generally, lighter skin tones tend to respond better to treatment compared to darker skin tones, as there is less risk of pigment changes or scarring.
  • Tattoo Age: Older tattoos are typically easier to remove than newer ones because the ink may have faded or spread out over time, making it more accessible to the laser energy.
  • Health and Lifestyle Factors:The individual's overall health, immune system function, lifestyle habits (e.g., smoking), and adherence to aftercare instructions can affect the body's ability to eliminate the broken-down ink particles and heal between sessions.

**By Law I can not supply your Topical numbing cream. Local numbing will minimize discomfort during the procedure. You are required to order it and apply 30mins prior to your treatment.

On average, most people require multiple laser sessions to achieve significant fading or complete removal of a tattoo. This typically ranges from 6 to 12 sessions or more, spaced several weeks apart to allow the skin to heal and the body to eliminate the broken-down ink particles.

It's essential to have realistic expectations about the results of laser tattoo removal. While significant fading or complete removal is often possible, complete eradication of the tattoo may not always be achievable, especially for larger or more intricate designs. Additionally, individual responses to treatment can vary, so the exact number of sessions needed can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Treatment time and prices varies depending on the tattoo size. please see price guide below.

WHAT IS SALINE TATTOO REMOVAL

Saline tattoo lightening, also known as saline tattoo removal or saline tattoo fading, is a method used to lighten or remove unwanted tattoos without using lasers. Instead of using laser energy to break down tattoo pigments, saline tattoo lightening involves injecting a saline solution into the skin to help lift and lighten the pigment.

Saline tattoo lightening offers several potential benefits compared to other tattoo removal methods like laser removal. Here are some of the benefits of saline tattoo lightening:

  • Less Risk of Scarring: Saline tattoo lightening is generally gentler on the skin compared to laser tattoo removal, making it less likely to cause scarring or changes in skin texture. Since saline solution is non-toxic and biocompatible, it's less likely to cause adverse reactions or complications.
  • Suitable for All Skin Types: Saline tattoo lightening is safe for all skin types, including darker skin tones, which may be at higher risk of pigmentation changes or scarring with laser tattoo removal. It's a versatile option that can be used on sensitive areas and tattoos of any color.
  • Gradual Fading: Saline tattoo lightening works by gradually lightening the tattoo over multiple sessions, allowing for more controlled and natural-looking results. This gradual fading can be beneficial for individuals who want to lighten their tattoos rather than completely remove them.
  • No Harsh Chemicals or Heat: Unlike some other tattoo removal methods that use harsh chemicals or intense heat, saline tattoo lightening involves injecting a saline solution directly into the skin. This minimizes the risk of adverse reactions and ensures a safer, more comfortable treatment experience.
  • Minimal Downtime: Saline tattoo lightening typically involves minimal downtime compared to laser tattoo removal, as it does not cause significant damage to the skin. Most individuals can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment with minimal discomfort or side effects.

**By Law I can not supply your Topical numbing cream. You are required to complete this form: Topical Anaesthetic Ordering The compounding chemist will post it to you. Please bring this to your appointment. Local numbing will minimize discomfort during the procedure**

While saline tattoo lightening offers several benefits in most cases laser removal is more effective. It's essential to consult with me about the most suitable and effective removal option for your tattoo.

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Price Guide

For an exact price a consultation is recommended however this is a guide:

Saline Brow removal - $150

Laser Brow Tattoo Removal - $200

Small size tattoo removal (postage stamp size 2x3cm) - $80

Medium size tattoo removal (business card size 8.4x5.5cm) - $120

large size tattoo removal (A6 size 10.5X14.8cm) - $199

X-large size tattoo removal (A5 size 14.8X21cm) - $279

A compulsory aftercare kit is required for purchase on the first session. This kit has everything you need to care for your tattoo post treatment and a medical gel Stratamed for the course of your removal to ensure your skin heals without scarring. They range from $40- $180 depending on the tattoo size.

Contraindications

Laser tattoo removal is generally considered safe and effective for most individuals; however, there are certain contraindications and factors that may affect candidacy for the procedure. Contraindications are factors or conditions that suggest a person should not undergo a particular treatment due to potential risks or complications. Some common contraindications for laser tattoo removal include:

  • Pregnancy:Laser tattoo removal is typically not recommended for pregnant individuals due to the potential risk to the developing fetus. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also affect the skin's sensitivity and healing response.
  • Skin Conditions: Certain skin conditions or diseases can interfere with the healing process or increase the risk of adverse reactions to laser treatment. Examples include active infections, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, or a history of keloid scarring.
  • Recent Sun Exposure or Tanning: Excessive sun exposure or tanning bed use can increase the risk of complications such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. It's important to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen before and after laser tattoo removal treatments.
  • Medications and Medical Conditions: Some medications and medical conditions may affect the body's response to laser treatment or increase the risk of adverse effects. This includes autoimmune disorders, diabetes, blood clotting disorders, and medications that make the skin more sensitive to light (photosensitizing drugs).
  • History of Hypertrophic Scarring or Keloids: Individuals with a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloids may be at higher risk of developing excessive scar tissue in response to laser treatment. They should discuss their medical history with their healthcare provider before undergoing laser tattoo removal.
  • Recent Chemical Peels or Dermabrasion: Recent chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or other skin resurfacing treatments can affect the skin's integrity and increase the risk of adverse reactions to laser treatment. It's typically recommended to wait until the skin has fully healed before undergoing laser tattoo removal.
  • Tattoo Characteristics: Certain tattoo characteristics, such as fluorescent or metallic ink, may not respond well to laser treatment and can increase the risk of adverse reactions. Additionally, tattoos located in sensitive areas or overlying nerves or blood vessels may require special precautions.

It's essential to discuss your medical history, concerns, and suitability for laser tattoo removal before undergoing the procedure.

By carefully evaluating any contraindications and following strict safety protocols, you can help ensure a safe and successful outcome from laser tattoo removal.

Pre-Treatment Guidelines

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What to Expect?

During a laser tattoo removal appointment, you can expect the following process:

  • Consultation: It is a requirement to have a Laser removal consultation and you will receive intake forms to complete 48hrs prior. During this time we will discuss your skincare concerns, medical history, and expectations from the treatment.
  • Numbing: **By Law I can not supply your Topical numbing cream. You are required to complete this form: Topical Anaesthetic Ordering The compounding chemist will post it to you. Please bring this to your appointment. Local numbing will minimize discomfort during the procedure**
  • Preparation: Before the treatment begins, the practitioner may prepare the treatment area by cleansing it thoroughly and applying a topical numbing cream or cooling gel to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
  • Eye Protection: Both you and the practitioner will wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light.
  • Laser Treatment: The practitioner will use a handheld laser device to deliver targeted pulses of high-intensity light to the tattooed area. The laser emits specific wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the tattoo pigment, causing it to break down into smaller particles.
  • Sensation: You may feel a sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band or a warm, prickling sensation during the laser treatment. The level of discomfort can vary depending on factors such as your pain tolerance, the location of the tattoo, and the size/color of the tattoo.
  • Cooling: I have a Zimmer machine to help minimize discomfort and protect the surrounding skin from excessive heat.
  • Post-treatment care: Once the laser removal procedure is complete, you are required to purchase an aftercare kit costing anywhere from $40-$180 depending on the size of your tattoo. this will have everything you require to care for your wound in the days and weeks following the procedure.
  • Follow-Up: Depending on the complexity of your tattoo and your individual response to treatment, you may need multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve optimal results. Your practitioner will discuss the recommended treatment plan and schedule your next appointment.
  • Monitoring: Throughout the treatment process, the practitioner will monitor your skin's response to the laser and adjust the treatment parameters as needed to optimize results and minimize the risk of side effects.


Overall, a Laser tattoo removal appointment typically takes 15mins to 1.5hrs, depending on the size and individual comfort level. It's essential to communicate openly throughout the appointment and provide feedback to ensure a safe and successful removal.

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