Frequently Asked Questions
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.
We use the Quanta Q plus C laser which is designed and built in Italy specifically for tattoo removal. It is a Q-switched ND:Yag laser which means it delivers very high powered light pulses for a very short duration. With 3 wavelengths to choose from, we can use the optimum wavelength that is absorbed by a specific colour of ink, customising the treatment for each patient and each individual tattoo. Our laser is the only machine with multiple wavelengths that can also generate the necessary power to remove all tattoo colours successfully.
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. Tattoo removal is our only service so you can trust in our expertise and professionalism. 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.
Prices start at $95 per treatment. That would cover small, homemade tattoos such as dots and small crosses. We offer 15% discount with pre-payment of 4 treatments.
Factors that dictate the price include size, colour and intricacy. For a no-obligation quote, either come in for a free consultation or email The Laser Clinic a photo of your tattoo.
It is worth remembering that a lower cost per treatment does not always result in an overall saving. It is often an indicator that an inferior laser is being used which results in more treatments being required.Number of Treatments
Many factors determine the number of treatments required. It generally takes between 1 – 5 laser treatments to completely remove an amateur tattoo and 5-10 for a professional tattoo. The main factors in making this assessment include:
- skin type
- location of tattoo
- density of ink
- scarring caused by tattoo application
These will be discussed with you at your consultation.Gift Voucher Information
Gift Vouchers can be purchased from The Laser Clinic for your family and friends. These provide a flexible way to finance the cost of tattoo removal. Depending on the cost of each session, vouchers can be used to fully fund one or more treatments, or toward part-payment of multiple treatments.
Gift Vouchers expire when the value is fully redeemed or 2 years from the date of purchase.
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 -35°C onto the treatment area before, during and after treatment, decreasing thermal temperature.
If you are still worried we can provide a topical numbing cream for a small charge.
We remove both amateur and professional tattoos and some traumatic tattoos.
Cosmetic tattoos such as eyebrows, eyeliner or lip-liner tattoos often use ink containing iron-oxide bases, which react very unpredictably when treated with a laser. We will discuss this at your consultation.
Some overseas tattoo inks also contain metallic bases. They may go darker with laser treatment. If your tattoo is from overseas, we will do a spot test at your consultation to ensure it is safe to treat.
Medical tattoos applied for radiotherapy can be removed one year after your last radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment if you provide a clinician’s letter confirming last treatment date. We proudly offer this service free of charge.Colours
In most cases 100% tattoo removal is achievable for multi-coloured tattoos. The general rule is the greater the contrast between the colour of the tattoo pigment and your skin, the easier the removal. Black ink typically responds the best to treatment.
Different frequencies must be used to target different colours of tattoo ink, 1064nm for black, grey and dark blue, 694nm for black, light blue and green and 532nm for red, orange and purple. Our laser can generate all 3 wavelengths, and can therefore target all colours effectively, with the exception of white and flesh tones which can be problematic, though not impossible to remove.
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.
Most of the healing takes place within the first 72 hours but it can take up to one to two weeks to heal completely after your first treatment and then it takes less time with each session.
We always leave a minimum of 6-8 weeks between each treatment on the same site. This allows your body’s immune system to completely remove the shattered ink particles from the treatment area, ensuring that we are not retreating ink that has not yet been removed and thereby slowing progress.
Yes you can. Many tattoo artists encourage customers 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 a brand new design. We advise you to wait 8 weeks after a laser treatment before new tattoo work is applied over the treated area.
The Q-switched laser we use for tattoo removal produces only non-ionising radiation in all 3 wavelengths, which cannot affect the molecular structure of cells. It follows that our tattoo removal laser will not cause cancer.
We will not perform any laser tattoo removal procedures on freshly tanned skin due to possible hypo-pigmentation complications. We recommend that you keep the treatment area covered or protected from the sun during the course of your treatments.
On the day of your appointment, wear comfortable clothing that won’t rub against the tattoo.
Confirm with your schedule that you don’t have plans to go swimming/soak in a spa or sauna etc for 3 days after your removal treatment.
At your free consultation we will ask about medications and medical conditions which may affect skin pigmentation or compromise the immune system.
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.