Can I remove part of a tattoo, leaving the rest intact? Yes, this is possible as my machine has different sized hand-pieces to tackle large and small areas. I have 4 available sizes, 5mm, 4mm, 3mm and 2mm, all with square opti-beam technology to spread the laser energy evenly over the skin which eliminates the risk of scarring.
Every day in New Zealand inferior laser machines are being used by untrained operators for tattoo removal with dire consequences. Local Authorities need to take action to prevent the continuation of bad practice. Please click on the link below to watch a video which highlights this issue. Incidentally, the interviewee, Ruth Nicholson, trained me at NZ Laser Training in Auckland and is extremely knowledgeable and proficient in what she does.
NZ Herald – Inferior Lasers for Tattoo Removal
For those considering laser tattoo removal, or presently going through treatment, here is some information on pain relief. Paracetamol may be taken before and after laser tattoo removal. It is not recommended that Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, (e.g. Ibuprofen) are used as they contain blood thinning properties which can cause bruising.
Winter is a great time to begin laser tattoo removal treatment. Your treated area is less likely to be exposed to the sun and a good amount of fading can be achieved before summer when people tend to wear short sleeves and pants again.
We all enjoy the sun but those thinking of coming for laser tattoo removal should be aware that it is not advisable to tan on the area to be treated. Modern lasers are very good at targeting only the ink pigment in your skin and not your skin pigment (melanin). However a tan increases the risk of your skin pigment also being targeted by the laser wavelengths and this could lead to hypo-pigmentation (loss of skin pigment), which results skin bleaching. Although this is usually a temporary reaction which rectifies in around 4 to 6 months, occasionally it is permanent and therefore the risk should be avoided.
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.