What Technology Is Used For Tattoo Removal? QSwitched Nd:YAG laser produces 1064 nm and 532 nm wavelengths, which are the most popular wavelengths used in tattoo removal. The 1064nm wavelength is ideal for treating darker ink colours (black, blue, green) and the 532nm wavelength is effective against brighter ink colours (red, orange, brown, violet). Yellow, white and pale blues and greens will not come out.
How Does the Laser Break Up the Tattoo Ink? Two key processes break up the ink: (i) the pigment in your tattoo will absorb the energy from the laser and shatter into smaller pieces, and (2) the incredibly fast pulse of energy from the laser (at just 6 billionths of a second!) has a shockwave-like effect that assists the ink shattering. As a result, the ink acts like sugar cube breaking apart into smaller granules.
How Does the Body Remove the Shattered Ink? Once the ink is broken down by the tattoo removal laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune response will be obvious to the patient in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the following days/weeks/months, the small shattered ink particles will be flushed away naturally. The tattoo removal effects are not seen overnight, and 99% of tattoos require multiple treatments.
How much will laser tattoo removal cost? I charge anything from $50 per treatment. We have allocated 30 minutes per treatment which includes any questions you might have, health and safety issues and the actual treatment time. If you have a very large tattoo then we may have to do the removal process in parts.
Is laser tattoo removal painful? Each person perceives pain differently, so there is no definitive answer. There will be some mild discomfort that is often associated with a hot rubber band being snapped on the skin. Within minutes of the procedure being finished, most clients report little to no discomfort at all.
How many treatments are needed? The age, location and quality of the tattoo and colours used, combined with your body’s ability to dispose of the ink will determine the total number of treatments needed. For complete tattoo removal, an average of 10-20 laser tattoo removal treatments will be needed, however every person and tattoo is unique and some might require more while others require less. Homemade tattoos often require as little as 4-10 laser tattoo removal treatments to completely remove, however each tattoo on each person is unique and there will be some variance.
How long do I have to wait between treatments? Each person recovers differently, we generally suggest 8 weeks between treatments however depending on the total goal, pigment saturation and other factors it could be 12-24 weeks.
Will my tattoo be completely removed? In most cases, yes, however there are no regulations on tattoo ink and several hundred different colours, manufactures and formulas so each tattoo fades at a different rate. Some colours may require more treatments to remove. There is also a possibility that a small amount of pigment may remain in the skin, typically we call this ghosting and for most clients, this is acceptable to be considered a removed tattoo.
Will there be any scarring? The chances of scaring are low; however, it is possible. You could even add to the potential for scaring if you do not follow the aftercare instructions. There is a slight possibility of hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation, which will be covered during your initial consultation. Pre-existing scars present prior to laser tattoo removal will still be there after treatments, only the inks will be targeted and effected.
Will I see changes after each treatment? Because of the inconsistency in tattoo ink and each client being different, you may not see a change after each session, although most clients will see immediate change after the very first treatment. It is possible, but unlikely, for the tattoo to become darker within the first 72 hours of treatment. If this happens then your tattoo will start fading again 14-21 days later.
What should I do before my treatment? Wash and clean the skin, shave any hair the night before. When you come into the office, wear comfortable clothing so we can easily access the tattoo and eat a few hours prior to treatment.
What’s involved with aftercare? Complete aftercare will be given at the time of removal, including a aftercare sheet.