How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser tattoo removal has been proven to be the most efficient, safest and effective way to remove tattoos. Q switched lasers came out in the 1980s and gave the best results for laser tattoo removal. The laser emits pulses of light which break up the ink particles underneath the skin in the dermis layer. Your body will over time remove the broken ink through your lymphatic system this takes a period of 4-6 weeks.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on alot of factors:
How old is your tattoo? A new tattoo will usually take longer to remove than an old tattoo.
Was it done by a professional or an amateur? A professional tattooist is more likely to have bedded think in the dermis of your skin ( deeper) and more likely to have used more ink. Therefore more ink needs to be removed. As the saying goes ” there is nothing worse than a professional doing a bad tattoo” AN amateur tattoo is more likely to have less ink in it and be closer to the surface of the skin. This isnt always the truth but more than likely a amateur tattoo will be easier to remove than a professional tattoo.
Your skin type? Better results are on fairer skinned people as the laser targets pigment, on dark skin or heavily tanned skin ( natural or fake) the laser needs to be set lower to reduce the risk of pigmentation it is safer option but can take longer. Its a good idea to keep the tattoo you want removed out of the sun.
Your health? Your lymphatic system removes the broken up ink from your tattoo, for your body to remove ink faster and promote healing you need to be in good health. If you are pregnant or suffering from a major illness we recommend you wait until you are in good health, or not pregnant or breast feeding to get your tattoo removed.
How many colours are in your tattoo? Certain colours need different lasers, black and dark blue are usually the easiest colours to remove where as green and yellow can be the hardest. Our Q Switched Nd Yag laser has 2 settings which can remove most colours, some colours can take longer.
Tattoo removal can take between 2-20 treatments it really depends on your tattoo and your skin type. The average time is 5-10 treatments. Remember tattoos were designed to be permanent, we are lucky we now have the technology to safely remove them.
Does it Hurt? Some say it hurts the same as getting the tattoo on, others think more, or less. It depends on your pain threshold. We have numbing cream available for sale, after the test patch if you think you may need some pain relief. Numbing cream takes 2 hours to be effective so it needs to be pre purchased. This can be done at the first consultation test patch.
Is laser Tattoo Removable Affordable?
At Edit Laser Tattoo Removal our aim is to make tattoo removable more affordable. Tattoo removal can be expensive as it takes a number of treatments to remove the tattoo, that was designed to be permanent. The cost of the lasers are becoming less expensive but can range from $20000-$100000 or more. At Edit we offer layby where you can pay for your treatment at as little as $10 per week. We also offer Mac credit where you can apply for a loan ( minimum $5000 ) for larger procedures. If you pay all treatments upfront we will offer a generous discount. Please check our Facebook page for the latest specials.
What are the risk
There are risks with any procedure, similar to getting your tattoo on, there can be a chance of infection if the tattoo isn’t looked after, by following after care procedures.
After the tattoo has been lasered it will frost up, then there will be slight swelling and reddening of the area, it can be painful for the first 1-5 days,
care needs to be taken to keep your tattoo clean and covered. The tattoo may blister, this is more likely to happen in tattoos with colour ( especially Red) be sure to leave the
blisters alone and not break them prematurely. The tattoo should scab up this is normal don’t remove the scabs as this could cause scarring just let them fall off when ready.
In rare cases people can have a major reaction to the procedure such as an allergic reaction to the ink particles this is is very rare. In any case of a person with a raised temperature,
feeling unwell, signs of a major infection should see a doctor immediately. Once again this can occur in a rare amount of people. The most common reaction is localised swelling, tenderness
and reddening of the area which will subside within the first week. At Edit we will ask you to email us a photo of your Tattoo 3-5 days
after the treatment, this will give us an indication on how the treatment is going, and address any concerns you may have.