Frequently Asked Questions
Why Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal produces fantastic results and is the preferred method of removing an unwanted tattoo. Q-switched lasers have been developed specifically for tattoo removal. They can shatter tattoo pigment by emitting high-intensity light which is delivered in ultra-short pulses. Because only the tattoo pigment is targeted, there is no damage to the surrounding tissue. This feature of the Q-switched technology has reduced the risk of scarring, once associated with tattoo removal, to now being virtually non-existent.
Different colours of tattoo pigment will absorb different wavelengths of light. For this reason if you have a multi-coloured tattoo you want removed, it is important that you have your treatment done at a clinic, such as The Laser Clinic, with a laser capable of effectively delivering the required 3 wavelengths to erase all colours.
Please note that it is crucial that the laser tattoo removal procedure be performed by an operator who has received specialised training for this practice.
Why use The Laser Clinic?
We use the Quanta Q plus C laser which is designed and built in Italy specifically for tattoo removal. Quanta is recognised as the leader in laser technological advancements world-wide.
Another unique feature of our laser is its OptiBeam technology which provides a “flat top” laser beam that evenly delivers energy over a square area, without the hot points and overlaps associated with normal circular Gaussian profile laser beams. This feature allows for safer (no scars) and more effective treatments because the energy is evenly delivered over all the spot area.
Our tattoo removal therapist
When you come to The Laser Clinic you will be treated by a Registered Nurse who has undertaken specialist training in laser tattoo removal. We ensure our technology is the latest and most advanced and our training is current and relevant. You can be secure in the knowledge that your safety and comfort are our top priority at The Laser Clinic.
Does it hurt?
Some patients state that they feel a flicking sensation in combination with heat. Here at The Laser Clinic, we are dedicated to making the removal process as painless as possible. We use a purpose-built chilling system which numbs the skin by blowing cold air to -40°C onto the treatment area before, during and after treatment, decreasing skin temperature.
Will it Leave a Scar?
The advanced Q-switching of our laser leaves little room for negative effects. Its rapid pulse rate (measured in nano-seconds) ensures only the tattoo pigmentation is targeted and surrounding tissue is not inadvertently heated and damaged in the process.
The chances of scarring are minimal if you adhere to the aftercare instructions we provide at your consultation. There is a chance that you may experience some slight skin tone variation on the treated area and this is usually temporary and returns to normal within several months after your final treatment.
If you have a history of keloid scarring, we will discuss this with you at your consultation.
What should I expect after treatment?
Immediately after the procedure there will be whitening of the treated area called frosting. This is due to the energy created in the break-down of the ink particles and will subside within an hour. The body will respond to the treatment by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune-response will be obvious in the form of some swelling and redness in the area and may feel like mild sunburn.
Some clients then develop blisters or scabs within 8 to 72 hours, which may last for 7 to 10 days. This is a normal progression as your immune system works to eliminate the tattoo dyes from your body.
Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Vitamin E cream to keep the treatment area moisturised.
We provide our patients with detailed aftercare instructions to help them manage their skin after the treatment. Adherence to these instructions will contribute significantly to achieving the great results you desire.
Can I have a replacement tattoo over the top of the treated area?
Yes, you can. Many tattoo artists send their clients to The Laser Clinic prior to lighten/fade an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This dramatically reduces any chance of the old tattoo appearing through the new one. You may want to remove it completely to make way for brand new design. We advise you to wait 12 weeks after a laser treatment before new tattoo work is applied over the treated area.
Does it hurt?
You may feel warmth in the treated toes or a tingling sensation following treatment but you will not experience pain.