Laser Tattoo Removal: An introductory Guide

Laser Tattoo Removal: There IS hope after the ink has dried

Tattoos lose novelty for their owner for many reasons.  Our laser tattoo removal, Perth based clinic serves a range of clients.  Some feel their tattoo was a bad idea to begin with, for others their taste simply changed.  Then there are those who penned the name of their sweetheart permanently to their person – and well, times change and sweethearts change too!

Whether it’s the name of an ex-girlfriend, a quote or image that’s no longer ‘you’ – the good news is, you can have your tattoo removed and happily move forward without it.

This said the guidelines, methods and costs of tattoo removal are poorly understood.  This guide will get you started.  By the end, you’ll know which steps to take – and which treatments to avoid.

If you’re in the market for a tattoo, then read this first to understand the implications if you ever change your mind after being inked!

How laser tattoo removal works

The removal of your tattoo is a process rather than a one-off visit.  It’s also more expensive than getting your tattoo was.  Even when using the best available technology to remove your tattoos, there is sadly no guarantee your skin will bounce right back to its pre-tattoo condition.  Depending on your skin type, skin colour, and the inks used – it’s possible for traces of past tattoos to remain.

Be aware too, if you’d like a tattoo removed, the earliest you can do so is after 12 months of having it done because the ink takes about a year to settle into your skin.  Only then can you have it removed.

When it comes to colour, tattoos comprising multi-colours can be trickier to remove than those of pure black ink.

The table below lists tattoo colours according to ease of removal:

Easy to remove Difficult to remove
Black Purple
Red Brown
Green Light orange
Dark Blue Light blue

The ink colours listed in the “Difficult to remove” column can potentially become darker with laser treatment.  For this reason, your doctor will likely do a spot test before scheduling a full tattoo removal treatment.

Woman with stages of laser tattoo removal

How laser tattoo removal works

Q-switched lasers are most effective in contemporary tattoo removal. We use this technology at our tattoo removal Perth practice. The custom tattoo removal laser is set to a specific wavelength, depending on a patient’s skin type, as well as the colour and location of the tattoo.

Again, with respect to removing specific ink colours, different lasers are required for removing different colours. While one particular type of laser will be effective at removing black and green ink, another will work at removing red and blue.

Either way, the manner in which lasers work is they release a pulse of light energy. This light-laser is absorbed by tattoo ink which has settled into the deep second layer of your skin. With this process, the tattoo ink fragments into tiny particles which the body then absorbs and clears away. In older tattoos, the ink fragments more easily and these are generally easier to remove.

The treatments required to remove your tattoo(s) will depend on a number of factors. These include the size and colours of the tattoo, its location and the nature of the ink originally used. The shade of your skin and the speed at which it’s able to heal also play a role.  Generally speaking, a treatment schedule spaced at 4-6 week intervals, gives the best results.

Side effects (Scarring & Pain)

Tattoo removal is a delicate process.  It’s extremely important that removal treatments are carried out by an experienced and competent professional who knows what they are doing.  Take care to this end, and your risk of scarring will be minimal.  Whilst it’s absolutely possible to not scar at all, scarring does happen.  This is so for various reasons – and even with the help of expert professionals, scarring is not always avoidable.

Now, on the delicate matter of pain – laser tattoo removal is a bit like a trip to the dentist.  It’s not without its discomfort.  However, your doctor will help you by numbing the area with a local anaesthetic, in either cream or injectable form.

Mild discomfort or itching is also common following treatment.  If it is particularly persistent, your doctor can prescribe cortisone cream to help you manage whilst your skin journeys through its natural healing process.

laser tattoo removal

Safety + effectiveness

The recovery period associated with tattoo removal is relatively fast and your life can continue as usual without too much fuss.

In respect of our tattoo removal Perth clients who enjoy being out in the Western Australian sun we advise keeping treated areas well covered whilst skin is healing.  Sunburn on treated skin will cause unnecessary pain and discomfort.  Be cautious and allow your skin to heal safely and effectively by keeping with your doctor’s care instructions following your tattoo removal treatment.

Other tattoo removal options

While Q-switched laser is not the only way of removing tattoos, it is highly effective, safe – and works on tattoos of all ages and colours.

If you’re curious about other options, keep in mind they’re often not effective.  They’re often a safety risk and more likely to scar your skin.  For example:

Home-made dermal scrubs:  These may work for surface-tattoos where the ink is not set all that deep, however results are ineffective at best.

Creams and topical treatments:  Whilst these can sound like an easy and cost-effective option, such products sourced from countries outside of Australian regulatory controls, work only on the surface of your skin to offer tattoo fading – with repeated use.  What’s more, these products very possibly contain harmful acids and other chemicals unfit for use on your skin.

Injections:  acid injections offered as a mechanism to remove tattoos can be extremely unsafe and result in unsightly marks and scars.

Cost of laser tattoo removal

A best-case scenario, safe and effective tattoo removal experience will typically mean at least 5 treatments costing between $200 – $500 per tattoo removal treatment.  This will depend on the nature of your personal “ink removal project”.

Since you’ve read this far, you’re suitably equipped to take a more informed approach in looking to remove your unwanted tattoos.

Please don’t risk methods of tattoo removal which threaten your health or safety.  It’s simply not worth it.  You honestly don’t want to regret yet another tattoo related decision!

Instead, get started on the right foot by formulating a plan with our team of tattoo removal Perth professionals at Dr Goldman’s surgery.  We have your best interests (and results) at heart.

If you’d like a confidential chat about your tattoo removal needs, then get in touch with us at 1300 453 307.  We’re here to help you get the very best result!

4-Minute Guide to Laser Skin Rejuvenation

There is often some confusion about skin rejuvenation, and a lot is due to the multiple names used for the procedure; it is often referred to as laser skin resurfacing, a skin peel, or Laser360.

Despite the numerous terminologies, they achieve the same result: younger, tighter, and softer skin that is free from wrinkles, age spots, and acne scarring.

Usually, skin rejuvenation is an intrusive cosmetic procedure that requires extended recovery time. The procedure is also not appropriate for many skin types or skin conditions.

Our pick is the laser 360 treatment, which is a new way to regain younger, tighter skin without extended recovery time or pain. As it is still a cosmetic procedure, it is essential you learn about the treatment so you fully understand the process and if it will benefit you before scheduling.

What Is Laser 360 Skin Rejuvenation?

Laser 360 Skin Rejuvenation is a cosmetic procedure that treats problem areas such as discolouration, fine lines, and wrinkles from within to perfect the appearance of the skin.

By combining three technologies – AFT pulsing light, Accent ultra-radio frequency and iPixel – Laser360 can rejuvenate your skin in multiple pain-free, timely treatment sessions with your cosmetic surgeon.

  • AFT pulsing light evens out discolouration within the skin through the reduction of blood vessels within the area. The light corrects the appearance of blemishes, discolouration and redness.
  • Accent ultra-radio is used to tighten the skin within the area, which is beneficial for the treating and removal of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • iPixel focuses on the tones and texture of your skin. Collagen improves the texture of our skin and smooths out lines and wrinkles that appear as we age. The iPixel stimulates the formation and growth of collagen.

These technologies are combined to create a laser that is tailored to your specific needs and skin type to correct problem areas. The handheld laser is placed against the skin to rebuild and rejuvenate your skin, generating perfection from the inside out.

Why Laser360?

Almalasers Laser360

Source: AlmaLasers

Unlike other skin rejuvenating treatments, the Laser360 is non-invasive.  Rather than damaging the surface layers of skin cells to create a youthful complexion, Laser360’s purpose is to fix the issue from the inside out.  Laser technology tightens the skin and promotes the growth of collagen, without damaging layers of skin cells.

Laser 360 treatment is available in multiple areas; it is designed to be used on the delicate and sensitive skin on our faces, neck, and chest. Treatable areas include:

  • Forehead
  • Under eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Around the mouth
  • Upper Lip
  • Neck
  • Chest

The final results of the treatment, including younger-looking skin, can be seen within 6o days from the start of the treatment process, with no required recovery time.

How it Compares to Other Methods

Laser 360 Skin Rejuvenation

Other Skin Rejuvenation Procedures

Procedure: Multiple sessions of laser treatment according to your customised plan Procedure: One treatment lasting from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on areas being treated. Removal of layers of skin stimulates the growth of new skin cells
Risks:  Slight redness Risks: Burns, scarring, change in skin’s pigmentation, discolouration, infections, scabbing, swelling, blistering, mild sunburn-like feeling, itching, increased sensitivity to the sun. Can also cause acne and cold sores to reappear.
Candidates: Anyone Candidates: Have fine wrinkles, elastic&non-oily skin. Candidates must also not be on medication or prone to scarring. Only suitable for specific skin tones, due to risk of discolouration.
Recovery Time: No recovery time; you can go back to work immediately after your session. Recovery Time: Between 10-21 days; recommended 1-2 weeks off work. Can take 3 months until redness fades.
Recovery Process: None Recovery Process: Bandages to be worn for 24hrs. Ointment to be applied five times a day to prevent scarring. Ice packs can be used for swelling and pain. Certain medications and smoking prolong recovery time.

 Is Laser 360 Right for You?

Laser 360 skin rejuvenation treatments are great for those who need more than makeup and oils to fix those problem areas and want to enhance their skin’s appearance without the pain of invasive cosmetic surgery.

Laser 360 is tailored to suit your needs and fix the areas that you feel need a touch-up. After a consultation session with a cosmetic surgeon, you will be able to identify how many sessions you will need to have a younger, glowing complexion.

It is important that you are open and honest with your cosmetic surgeon to gain the best results and to avoid any risks. Any medical conditions or medications should be discussed in the consultation session. Achieving a young, soft, wrinkle-free complexion no longer has to be a long and painful process.

If you are in any way unsure as to which laser skin rejuvenation procedure or technology is best suited for your, Dr Goldman will assist you at your consultation in defining the best solution.