Despite the known permanence of tattooing many people make decisions to ‘get ink’ without fully appreciating the issues and the permanence of tattoos. Their life style circumstances or appreciation of their tattoo changes and they want the ink removed.
At City Laser Clinic, we get many inquiries from people seeking tattoo removal and are able to effectively treat tattoos and skin types. We have found that the MedLite is the safest and most effective device for tattoo removal. The Q-Switch Laser uses PhotoAcoustic energy to penetrate the skin and safely target the tattoo at its core.
Each pass of the laser causes the tattoo ink to vibrate and gently shatter into micro-particles that are eventually eliminated through natural body processes. At City laser Clinic our therapists can trace the tattoo design without causing unnecessary exposure to the surrounding skin because the laser targets the energy in a precise ‘beam’. The Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers is used at our clinic to remove unwanted tattoos.
Complete removal or significant fading of the tattoo colour can be achieved without scarring in over 95% of cases.
Does it Hurt?
Our clients tell us that the experience feels much like the tattooing a brief moment of mild dull pain like a pinch followed by a feeling of warmth in the treated areas. We do offer anaesthetic gel and depending on your tolerance, you may or may not need to use this. At City laser Clinic, we also cool your skin before and during the treatment to help numb the area being treated.
How long will it take?
It takes longer to remove a tattoo than it took to have the tattoo applied. At City Laser Clinic, our experience is that it takes from 4 to sometimes 12 sessions 10 weeks apart. This all depends on the number of colours used in your tattoo, the size of the design the type of ink used and the age of tattoo.
Larger tattoos may take more sessions to achieve removal. Smaller tattoos and especially Black tattoos are easier to remove than larger multi-coloured designs. Remember that different ink colours and ink types used in your tattoo require different treatments with the appropriate laser for your skin and the tattoo ink. After several treatments, you will notice a temporary whitening of the area that has been treated. Over time, the tattoo fades and the skin returns to your normal colour.
A simple home-made black tattoo may only require 4-6 treatments to remove, whereas a multicoloured professional tattoo may need 6-12 or more treatments. As with all Laser therapy treatments, the frequency and number of treatments will depend on your skin type, the area affected and the size of that area. Contact us to arrange a free consultation to discuss a treatment plan that suits your needs.
Are there any Precautions to take during treatment?
As with all laser treatment, you must avoid exposure to direct sunlight before treatment, during treatment and for some weeks following treatment. At City Laser Clinic, our experienced qualified therapists will advise you based on your skin type and the nature of the treatments that you are receiving. The City Laser Clinic therapists do sometimes need to refer clients to their General Medical Practitioner for assessment and when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided.
Are there any possible adverse side effects?
A small percentage of persons treated may experience side effects (unwanted outcomes); these side effects are usually temporary and mild, though can be more severe and longer term. They include;
- Scarring though rare and more likely with darker skin types, it can occur with all skin types and especially if the required precautions (relating to sun exposure and some medicines) are not followed, before, during and after treatment.
- Hyperpigmentation (darker skin) can occur because of inflammation caused by laser treatment and a brown mark arises that usually takes some months to fade with the assistance of lightening agents.
- Hypopigmentation (lighter skin): laser treatment can cause a loss of skin pigmentation in the treated area. This pigmentation usually returns but can take up to 12 months and in very rare cases can take so long that is considered permanent.
- Bacterial or viral infection. Any infection in a wound created by a laser has the potential for scarring and laser treatments have been known to trigger herpes simplex outbreaks.
The number and cost of treatments will depend on your skin type, tattoo size and colour. Please contact us to book a FREE consultation 9232 80 90. City Laser Clinic staff will provide you with a reliable assessment, costing and an effective treatment plan.
Charges start from $100 .
Prepay for 8 x treatments and receive ONE FREE TREATMENT.
City Laser Clinic offer the competitive prices for Tattoo Removal in Sydney.