Find out how laser tattoo removal can effectively erase most tattoos
Most tattoos can be 95% eliminated from the skin using a Q-switched laser applied by a professional therapist. The procedure is non-invasive, it won’t cause scarring, and there are minimal side effects.
For anyone in Melbourne experiencing tattoo regret, there is a solution. Rather than finding ways to cover your unwanted tattoo, you can get it safely and effectively removed from your skin, forever.
The trained clinicians at the Victorian Dermal Institute are qualified to provide laser tattoo removal targeted to your skin type and tattoo.
To find how your tattoo can be removed for good, book a complimentary consultation with a trained clinician.
Before you make the decision to have an unwanted tattoo removed, you will want to understand how the process works and what you can expect.
What to expect during laser tattoo removal
If you are considering laser tattoo removal, here’s what is involved in the process:
Before the treatment
Before your laser tattoo removal begins, a trained clinician will assess your skin and the tattoo area. Before deciding on your treatment plan, the clinician may also test the laser on your skin to see how it responds.
Doing this can help minimise any side effects of the treatment, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Your clinician will then give you an estimate of approximately how many treatments you will need to completely remove the tattoo .
The laser treatment
Before each treatment session begins, an anaesthetic cream will be applied to the area of the tattoo. Once it has had time to numb the skin, you’ll be asked to wear eye protection before the treatment starts.
Your clinician will give you a cooling device to help you to stay comfortable during the treatment. Once you are comfortable, the clinician will place the laser onto your skin to directly target the ink of the tattoo.
The Q-switched laser delivers pulses of energy directly into the tattoo ink. Our clients say this feels a bit like having a rubber band snapped against your skin.
Removing a black tattoo can be more painful than removing coloured ink. A local anaesthetic may be used if necessary. The procedure is quick, so any discomfort is only short.
Most treatments last just a few minutes, depending on your tattoo.
After the treatment
An ointment and dressing will be applied, and you will be instructed to keep the area clean. It’s also best to avoid direct exposure to the sun and to use sunscreen. Your clinician will give you specific instructions on your post-treatment care.
Follow up treatments are usually at least six weeks apart.
What will be removed by the laser
The Q-switched laser emits a very specific energy frequency that targets the ink in the skin, without harming the surrounding skin tissue.
The ink particles heat up as they absorb the energy from the laser and break into tiny particles that will be naturally removed by your body’s immune system.
Even cosmetic tattoo eyeliner can be removed, using sterilised metal eye shields to protect your eyes.
What parts of the tattoo might not get removed
Treatment using a Q-switched laser generally removes about 95% of the tattoo. Over time the tattoo will fade further.
How the laser treatment works
A tattoo is made up of thousands of tiny spots of colour, a little bit like the pixels that make up an image on a screen. Each point of colour in a tattoo is a granule of ink or pigment that sits inside a skin cell called a ‘macrophage’.
Macrophages are skin cells that usually remove foreign objects from the body. When the macrophage takes up the ink of the tattoo, it becomes frozen and can’t complete the task. This is how tattoos become permanent — the usual defence of the skin to remove foreign particles is disarmed.
The Q-switched laser delivers a short, high-energy pulse that breaks the tattoo ink into tiny particles that can be reabsorbed by the body. As the laser shatters the ink particles that make up the tattoo, a light grey ‘frosting’ will appear on the tattoo.
This indicates that the optimal dose of energy has been applied and the ink is starting to break down.
How many treatments will it take to remove a tattoo?
On average, professional tattoos can be removed in around six to 15 treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart.
The number of treatments needed to remove the tattoo will depend on:
- The type and colour of the ink used in the tattoo
- Location of the tattoo
- Size of the tattoo
- Age of the tattoo
- Depth of pigment in the skin
- Skin type
The ink shattered by the laser during tattoo removal is removed from your body by your immune system. If you are considering getting a tattoo removed, you should take steps to stay healthy. Drinking plenty of water and getting exercise can help the clearing process.
Consult a trained clinician about professional laser tattoo removal
It’s important to have laser tattoo removal done by a trained professional who understands how to treat your skin type for the best outcome. The expert clinicians at the Victorian Dermal Institute will assess your skin type and tattoo, and make recommendations for the optimal treatment program.
We will also advise you on effective post-tattoo removal care to ensure that you get the desired result.
Whether you want to have a tattoo removed completely or simply faded to allow a cover-up tattoo, we can help.
Do you want to find out more about tattoo removal? Ask us how your tattoo can be completely removed.