It is estimated that 1/3 of all Americans and New Zealanders from the ages of 18 to 40 have at least one tattoo. Although some of the artwork is astounding, there is always the odd tattoo that doesn’t fit with either your maturing personality, or surrounding artwork.
Laser tattoo removal was once the domain of only the rich and famous such as Khloe Kardashian, 50 Cent and Angelina Jolie. Now with properly trained registered nurses, rather than doctors administering laser treatment, it is a safe and cost effective option for everyone.
The Laser Clinic uses a cryo-chiller which is a machine that blows super-chilled air on the tattoo site before, during and after removal treatments. There are 3 reasons for this:
1) The chilled air helps to numb the skin before treatment, therefore making the procedure less painful.
2) When used during treatment, it assists with thermal relaxation i.e. it helps cool the treated tissue down quickly and therefore reduces the risk of blistering.
3) Used on the tattoo area for a period of time after treatment, it allows the skin to re-chill. Not only does this further reduce the risk of blistering but it also allows for a more comfortable journey home for the client.
Here is some information for those who have not yet started tattoo removal treatment, or are in the midst of treatment with a special occasion coming up for which they would like to be tattoo-free. Jane Iredale makes an effective tattoo concealer which can be bought at Trois On Allen, Wellington. It takes some time to apply and is quite expensive but is ideal for a one off event.
The tattoo removal provider in this video demonstrates by using a Quanta Q plus C laser (as mine) the accuracy in only targeting the tattoo pigment to be removed without damage to the skin. It is a simple presentation which illustrates that often pictures speak louder than words.
Most tattoo artists are now realising the benefit of fading tattoos with laser treatment before applying new artistry over an existing tattoo. It allows them and their clients to be more creative in what they can choose, without having the restriction of having to disguise the fact that there is a tattoo underneath. The artist’s workmanship appears more professional and the ink content of the new tattoo looks more even if the time is taken to remove some of the underlying tattoo.
Depending on the ink content of the existing tattoo, most tattoos are adequately faded enough for rework after only 2 or 3 treatment sessions.
Gift Vouchers are now available to buy for family and friends at The Laser Clinic.
A super gift – they are a great way to assist in financing the cost of tattoo removal.
Our vouchers are flexible and easy to use. The recipient can choose to fully fund the payment of one or more treatments using a voucher, or to part-pay multiple treatments.
Gift Vouchers expire when full amount is redeemed, or 2 years from date of purchase.
With the warmer weather upon us, I thought I would take the opportunity to remind everyone having laser tattoo removal to keep your treated areas protected from the sun. If it is impractical to cover up then use sunblock and re-apply as necessary.
The reason for this is that, along with the ink, the pigment in tanned skin can be also targeted by the laser. This can cause hypo-pigmentation which is a lightening of the skin. Usually this is temporary and the skin pigment will rejuvenate in 3 to 6 months. However, occasionally it is permanent and although rare, it is best not to take the risk.
This topic is referred to in the consultation form at The Laser Clinic.
The Laser Clinic has received WINZ accreditation for Laser Tattoo Removal. The process was lengthy and thorough but it is nice to be in a position to assist those wanting to remove tattoos that inhibit job prospects but do not have the finances available to do so.
It is a simple process:- First, WINZ must be convinced that the tattoo(s) in question do in fact hinder their client from achieving employment before they will agree to financial assistance. I then assess the tattoo(s) at the client’s free consultation and give a written quote, which the client then takes to WINZ. Vouchers are given to the client which are redeemed when they come for treatment.
Permanent make-up (cosmetic tattoo) is becoming increasingly popular. However, cosmetic tattoo removal is not a service I provide for the following reasons:-
In order to safely remove permanent eyeliner using laser, intra-ocular shields are required for eye protection. It is recommended that these are inserted into the eyes of unconscious patients only, although I have seen videos of people having laser treatment for their eyeliner whilst awake. It is not something I will do.
Permanent cosmetic pigments often have metallic bases and due to this lip liner can turn black when exposed to the laser, worsening the situation.
If ink in permanent eyebrows is of a low quality or has been diluted, it has been known to migrate to the forehead when treated with a laser and cause a shadow effect.
I have not found many places in NZ that will perform cosmetic tattoo removal. For this reason I would strongly recommend that anyone considering permanent cosmetic treatments to carefully research the beauticians that provide this treatment and choose one that you are confident will offer the result to want.