Laser Tattoo Removal
Go Clean with Laser Tattoo Removal!
Almost all of us are not completely happy with the shape, colour and type of body we have. If given a chance, we would love to add or tweak something about us to suit our preferences – even if it to just express our individuality – like a unique hair colour or even a tattoo.
Estimates indicate that there are around 20 – 30 million tattooed individuals in the world. And of these, about 50% of them regret their decision at a later point! 25% of all young adults in Australia have a tattoo. 25% of them will want it removed at some stage in their life. So if you look at your tattoo in the mirror and wish it would disappear, you are not alone. Once considered permanent, tattoos are now as temporary as the clothes we wear.
Skintech Medical’s Melbourne Clinic offers laser tattoo removal treatment to get back the flawless skin you once had.
Many invasive and painful procedures exist for the removal of tattoos. These include –
- Surgical Excision
- Dermabrasion or Skin Sanding
- Chemical Peels
However, these aren’t very good, as most of these methods lead to the development of scars.
Skintech Medical offers tattoo fading or removal through usage of laser technology. It is the safest, non-invasive treatment available for laser tattoo removal in Melbourne today.
Tiny pulses of laser light are precisely passed to targeted pigment beneath the skins surface. The selected wavelengths are highly attracted to certain colours, leaving the surface layer of the skin undamaged. It presents the least risk of scarring.
A tattoo is created by storing ink of various colours under the skin. While the painting of a tattoo is intensely painful, the removal is largely simple and just slightly painful.
Using medical lasers, an intense beam of light is targeted on the tattoo. The ink molecules break up into tiny fragments, by absorbing the energy from the light of the laser. Over the next few weeks, the body’s lymphatic and immune systems naturally cleanse these tiny fragments and flush them out from the system. One can observe the ink, disappearing slowly over time. Depending on the size, location, colour and ink of the tattoo, different lasers are used.
Erbium lasers are used for lip tattoos, though this is a treatment that we suggest and undertake under extreme circumstances after intense consultation.
Lasers such as Q-switched Nd:YAG, Ruby are most suited due to high frequency and energy. Usually the pigment particles are large for the immune system to eliminate on their own. The lasers cause a breakdown, allowing for metabolic flushing.
Yes! However with darker skin tones, the skin’s natural absorption of laser energy is higher. The melanin contained in darker skin tones, makes removal more difficult. There is an increased risk of hypo-pigmentation.
Any kind of tattoo, whether amateur or professional is treatable, though professional tattoos may require more treatments. Usually 10 – 20 sessions may be required to remove such a tattoo.
Traumatic tattoos caused due to accidental penetration and embedding of dirt or debris in the skin can also be treated successfully.
Cosmetic tattoos falling under the ‘permanent make-up’ umbrella can also be removed using laser technology. In the case of removal of permanent eyeliner tattoos, one may be required to wear eye shields to prevent corneal damage. Sometimes the hair surrounding the eye also gets removed due to the laser, but this is only temporary.
This is a non-surgical treatment, which means there is no rupturing of the skin. Due to the energy of the lasers there may be slight discomfort, but it is described by patients as having a rubber band snapped on your skin. After treatment, it feels like slight sunburn.
Those with a low pain threshold are advised the usage of local anaesthesia to cause numbing before treatment. They are given topical anaesthesia cream that can be applied at home. Just before the treatment anaesthetic injections are given. Because of the topical cream, the injections are not painful and once over, the treatment is virtually pain-free.
Special cooling machines are also used to ensure the laser tattoo removal treatment is as efficient, comfortable and pain-free as can be.
Immediately after treatment, the skin may have a slight white discoloration, which appears as a rising of the skin and frosting. The surrounding skin may have a reddish swelling with minor pinpoint bleeding.
This is normal and it takes 1 – 3 weeks for these symptoms to disappear. An antibiotic cream may be applied to prevent infection. Sunscreen may also be applied to prevent direct exposure to sunlight. Scabs may also form, which must not picked. Bepanthen ointment may be applied on the treated area, until the scabs fall of on their own.
The fading away of the tattoo usually takes longer, up to 5 or 6 weeks.
Yes, you can get inked again once the treated area has healed completely.
Yes! This is important for those that are wrongly applied or you are immediately dissatisfied.
Follow-ups are recommended based on the following factors:
- Skin Type: Melanin present in skin and the tattoo pigments, both absorb the laser light. Hence in the case of darker skin tones, to prevent absorption of the laser energy by the skin leading to complications, the intensity of the laser is reduced. Thus more sessions are required on darker skins.
- Tattoo Location: Blood supply and lymphatic drainage varies across the body. The greatest being in the head/neck and trunk and least in the extremities. The broken down tattoo ink would hence take longer to fade from areas of lower supply and drainage.
- Colour: Black is easiest to remove, while yellow, green and multi-color being difficult.
- Ink Quantity: Outlines are generally easier to remove than heavily inked full color ones.
- Scarring: Tattooing itself can cause skin damage, which further complicates removal.
- Layers: These are more difficult to remove, requiring additional follow-ups.
- Size: Larger, complicated tattoos require more treatment cycles.
Usually treatments are repeated once in 4 – 8 weeks, allowing for the body to eliminate as much of the tattoo pigment as possible. The treatment interval can be increased to allow for more complete flushing, but cannot be reduced for fear of scarring. Most patients report an improvement within few treatments and sometimes the results are quite dramatic.
A balance needs to be made between laser energy levels, number of follow-ups and risk of complications.
Sessions may take anything between 10 – 30 minutes.
So hurry and register for a FREE consultation with our trained and skilled staff at Skintech and benefit from this non-invasive cosmetic Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment in Melbourne!*