The Skin Centre now offers laser treatment for tattoo removal. Q-Switched laser is a safe and effective treatment for the removal of unwanted tattoos. The laser successfully removes tattoo ink over a course of several treatments. A typical course of treatment for a professional laser tattoo removal requires around 10 - 12 sessions. The laser shatters the pigment in the tattoo so it can be taken away by the white cells in our body.
Darker pigments respond best, but all coloured inks can be treated. Green and light blue tattoo pigment can be resistant to laser treatment. Some other tattoos may be more difficult to remove - very dark ones such as cover-ups, and some parts of the body such as the hands and feet. Some tattoos can be treated in minutes; large ones may take up to an hour. There is little to no downtime. We recommend at least 2-3 months between treatments. Longer intervals allow for more fading.
It is important that you do not have a tan during your treatment, and understand that multiple sessions are needed to achieve optimal results.
What you can expect
The tattoo removal treatment is uncomfortable and will require a topical anaesthetic cream. Once the tattoo is treated the area frosts white temporarily. The pigments that have been broken up are now removed naturally by the body. The tattoo will fade over the next few weeks.
Hypo/hyperpigmentation is a common side effect, occurring in approximately 50% of patients that are treated 5+ times for tattoo removal. It is usually transient and resolves in 1-2 months. Blistering of the skin is also common and precautions are to be undertaken, should this arise.
Preparation for treatment
Wash the area thoroughly and shave any hair
Ensure there are no perfumes, makeup, creams or jewellery in the area
No waxing/tweezing/threading for 7 days prior (shaving is fine)
Minimise sun exposure (no sun bathing or solarium use) and no fake tan for 2 weeks prior to treatment
Maintain strict sun protection after treatment for 2 weeks
Complimentary consultations for tattoo removal with our laser technician can be made by contacting reception.
A tattoo removal session starts from $165 (dependant on the size of the tattoo), and The Skin Centre offers package sessions, three treatments purchased qualifies for your third treatment at 50% off. Please phone us, (07) 5597 7170 for more information.