If you’ve had a tattoo that you regret, you’re not alone. With the help of Perth Skin & Laser you no longer have to worry that the dated design you thought was so cool twenty years ago is holding you back personally or professionally.
Removing a tattoo or fading it enough so that it can be tattooed over with a new design is now easier than ever before at Perth Skin & Laser. Our medical grade lasers are giving a new lease of life to people who are desperate to get rid of skin art they no longer love.
Over the last ten years lasers have revolutionised tattoo removal. Our q-switched lasers, manufactured by Fotona, emit light that is more attracted to the ink in your skin than the surrounding skin itself. What this means for you is that the laser will work on fading or removing your tattoo without harming the skin that surrounds it. Our lasers have four wavelengths with each wavelength being attracted to different coloured inks. This enables us to remove your tattoo more effectively, no matter what the colours are.
FracTat now available
We can also first use a fractional Erbium laser beam on tattoos. This drills holes into the tattoo prior to the Q-switch laser treatment allowing steam, gasses and pigment to escape through the skin during treatment
Advantages are less pain, less downtime, less complications, less sessions.
We don't then see the optical shielding normally seen with Q-switched laser and this also enables us to do more passes if necessary. This in combination with single HIGH pulse Q-switch laser(only one in WA) is much more effective than standard Q-switched laser therapy(2 pulses of lower energy).
Although this treatment is a little more costly than Q switch treatment only, there are less sessions, so probably works out the same in the long run.
How does tattoo removal by laser work?
Our laser transmits short bursts of pulsing energy that makes the ink in the tattoo break down into small pieces. Your body then removes these particles using its immune system. Fotona lasers are extremely effective at removing tattoos because they utilize single nanosecond pulses which are better equipped to remove the ink than lasers which use multiple-pulse technologies. Lasers with single pulse technology aren’t affected by optical shielding which occurs when the colours in ink are destroyed. therefore tattoos that lie deeper within the skin can be targeted meaning that less sessions will normally be required. Your skin will also stand a far better chance of looking like its former self once the removal is complete.
What you need to know about tattoo removal
- The number of sessions you need depend on different factors: tattoos with a lot of colours and professionally done tattoos are more difficult to remove and therefore take longer/need more sessions - usually somewhere between 4 and 8. An amateur tattoo will probably take around 4 sessions. Due to the different techniques used, older tattoos are easier to remove. If you simply want to fade a tattoo so you can have another design inked on top you’ll only need a couple of treatments
- It also depends where your tattoo is when determining how easy it is to remove it. Because the ink is broken down and removed by your lymphatic and immune systems a tattoo that is placed in an area where drainage is higher is quicker to remove. High drainage areas are typically the head, neck and torso.
- If you have a tattoo containing white, yellow or skin-coloured ink it will be difficult to remove as these colours reflect the laser’s light and will in the first instance oxidise and turn black. They will need more sessions in order to fade and may not disappear completely
- Complete removal of your tattoo is normally possible although in some cases it may not disappear 100%
- If you have darker skin it is harder to remove a tattoo without affecting the surrounding ‘normal’ skin due to the contrast between the ink and your skin being less
- Cosmetic makeup tattooing can also be removed or faded however the laser can also temporarily remove hair - something to bear in mind if you’re removing tattooed eyebrows. As with normal tattoos, some ink colours may grow darker before fading - for example pink lip liner may turn dark green or black
- ‘Tattoos’ caused by accidents that result in dirt being embedded in your skin can also be removed in the same way as regular tattoos
- Despite what you may think, the ink used to create a black tattoo is easier to remove than yellow and green inks and multi-coloured tattoos.
- Tattoos with solid block colour and ‘cover-ups’ - tattoos that have been created over the top of a pre-existing tattoo are harder to remove due to the amount of ink used
- Sessions are normally scheduled around 6 to 8 weeks apart. This is so your body has time to process and remove the broken down ink before the next session
- Using an anaesthetic cream is recommended as removing a tattoo without it is painful. On the plus side the treatment is very quick so extended pain should not be a problem. After your session you may experience itching or a mild throbbing sensation, particularly on sensitive areas such as the face or breast
- You may find that your skin changes slightly in texture or is a little lighter where it has been treated. If this is the case your normal colouring will usually return within 12 months
Do you have a tattoo that you regret? At Perth Skin & Laser our medical grade lasers can help you get rid of a mistake you made years before. Talk to us and we’ll tell you how we can help you.