Laser Tattoo Removal
Removing an unwanted tattoo couldn’t be more simple, by using a Picosecond Laser that can remove all sizes and colours in a safe way.
Why Picosecond Laser Tattoo Removal?
After extensive research we have decided to offer Picosecond Laser because it uses a ultra-short pulse energy into the skin this creates photomechanical effect (Pressure Waves), which shatters the pigment in the ink into sand size particles without causing thermal (heat) damage to the surrounding tissue. Once the ink is shattered it is then ingested by the white blood cells and is easily eliminated from your body through the lymphatic system. The Picosecond Laser allows us to treat all skin tones from very fair to dark. Picosecond Laser uses multiple wavelengths and hand pieces to target different colours.
Difference between Picosecond and Q-switched
There are other types of lasers used for tattoo removal and it is important to understand the differences.
- Picosecond technology was introduced in 2012
- Picosecond is 1/10000000 of a nanosecond which is faster
- Less painful
- Destroys the tattoo & pigmentation without damaging surrounding tissues
- Reduced recover time
- Breaks down the ink into sand particle size which means it is quicker for your body to eliminate the ink through your lymphatic system
- Tattoos can be removed in as little as 6-10 treatments
- It is more effective
- Higher customer satisfaction
- Removes a broader range of colours
- Q- Switched as introduced in 1961 and is 50 year old technology
- Q- Switched is 1/1000000 of nanoseconds which is slower (meaning that the heat is delivered slower resulting more painful
- Heats the skin and surrounding tissues which can result in burning, scarring, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Longer recovery time
- Breaks down the ink into pebble size particles which means it takes longer for your body to eliminate the ink through the lymphatic system
- Tattoo removal may require 15+ treatments
- Customers may not be satisfied with the result despite the number of treatments
Examples before and after photos between Picosecond Lasers and Q-Switched:
- Before a treatment, all make-up, oils, sunscreens and other skin products must be removed. Ideally you should do this prior to coming into the clinic.
- Numbing cream is applied if required.
- Lasers can cause eye injury and protective eyewear must be worn during treatment. We will provide this.
- The laser is swept across the tattoo, some people say it feels like getting a tattoo, feels stingy, hot and rubber band snapping.
- The treatment can take between 15 – 30 mins but also depends on the size.
- Once complete, we will apply sunblock before you leave the clinic
- In rare cases, if any pin point bleeding occurs, the skin will be sterilised with anti- bacterial wash and a dressing is applied.
- Avoid sun for 4 weeks and wear sun block every day
- Avoid tanning products for 4-6 weeks before the treatment.
- Avoid any harsh skin treatments i.e. Shaving, Waxing, Exfoliation and skin peeling.
- Avoid Smoking and Drinking for at least 6 weeks before treatment for better healing
- Avoid aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs and some herbal medication as this can cause increased bleeding
- Increase your hydration before and after the treatment.
Yes. Shaving 24hrs before the treatment will help the skin be less sensitive to the treatment. Shaving immediately before the treatment can be very sensitive during the treatment.
Each treatment can take between 15-30 minutes.
A minimum of 6 weeks (8 weeks for darker skin) between treatments is required as this allows enough time for your body’s immune system to eliminate the ink. Having the treatments too close together can lead to permanent damage of the skin. For best results we recommend waiting 3 months between treatments.
Yes. Some people describe it as being as painful as getting a tattoo and some describe it as a rubber band snapping. Removing a small tattoo is just as painful as larger tattoos – this is because you are shattering the ink in the tattoo this does not relate to the size – the larger tattoo just takes longer to remove therefore pain for longer. But everybody’s pain threshold is different. You should take paracetamol before the tattoo removal treatment we can apply numbing cream prior to removing the tattoo, but for best results it is best not to use it.
You can take a couple of paracetamol before the treatment as this can make the treatment as close to painless as possible. Avoid Aspirin and Ibuprofen as this can bruising after the treatment.
- Keep your immune system healthy for better clearance
- Increase you water intake to flush out your lymphatic system.
- Wear appreciate clothing depending on where the tattoo was removed to avoid rubbing
- Avoid touching it
- Keep the area clean
- Wash the treatment area gently with soap and water. Do not soak.
- Do not shave the treated area if crusting is evident.
- Avoid contact sports or any other activity that could cause injury to the treated area.
- Avoid sun exposure between treatments. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a SPF 30+ sunblock to cover exposed, treated areas.
- In rare cases, if a scab does appear do not pick it
With our Picosecond Laser we are able to treat all skin tones. In very rare cases it can pick up the melanin in the skin causing burns and hyperpigmentation in darker skin.
The most common side effects of any laser tattoo removal technology are:
- Redness, tenderness, swelling and itching (resolves within 24 to 48hrs)
There are very rare side effects with a Picosecond Laser
- Blistering (usually appear within 24hr of treatment. Sometimes the blisters are very large and may look alarming – this is completely normal). Do not be alarmed by blisters, but do protect the area and apply an ointment for at least 24 hours after the blisters have popped.
- Pinpoint bleeding
- Scabs, bruising and blisters may take up to a week or longer to heal.
- Are hypersensitive to light in the near infrared wavelength region
- Take medication which is known to increase sensitivity to sunlight
- Have seizure disorders triggered by light
- Take or have taken oral isotretinoin, such as Accutane®, within the last six months
- Have an active localised or systemic infection, or an open wound in area being treated
- Have a significant systemic illness such as lupus or an illness localized in area being treated
- Have common acquired nevi that are predisposed to the development of malignant melanoma
- Have herpes simplex in the area being treated
- Are receiving or have received gold therapy
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding (lactating)
- Avoid sun exposure four weeks prior to the treatment, including the use of tanning beds or self-tanning products, such as creams, lotions and sprays. If going out in the sun is unavoidable, use sunblock every two hours.
- History of immunosuppression/immune deficiency or an auto-immune disorder
- Coagulation disorder or currently using anticoagulation medication, including heavy use of aspirin
- Medications that alter the wound-healing response or evidence of compromised wound healing
- If patient is known to have a history of keloid formation
- If patient has a history of skin cancer or suspicious lesions in the treatment area
- Patient with red ink tattoos who present with non-healed, itching, irritated, swollen or other suspect symptoms on or around the tattoo should be assessed for ink allergy and potentially excluded from treatment
- Newly implanted tattoos for a minimum of six (6) weeks. A longer wait interval such as three (3) months is preferable.
There many factors to consider for a tattoo to be fully removed:
- Skin colour. Darker skin patients may have to wait longer in between treatments due to higher levels of melanin in the skin.
- Patients who are fit and have a strong immune system will tend to see results earlier.
- Smokers and heavy drinkers may have a compromised immune system.
- Where the tattoo is situated can make a difference on removing the tattoo. Tattoos above the chest are likely to be fully removed due to better circulation. Tattoos below the chest can take longer to remove due to poorer circulation as they are further away from the heart.
- Tattoos may be layered such as cover ups
- Type of ink colour used can determine how long it takes
- Professional tattoo artists use different blends of colour and deeply deposit ink into the dermis (deeper layer of skin) that can make them harder to remove.
- Amateur tattoos are carbon-based and single coloured and are placed more superficially which are easily removed.
It can take 1 to 2 years to get to completely remove tattoo depending on its size and make up.
Picosecond Lasers can remove black, blue green, red, orange, purple and yellow inked tattoos.
Tattoo removal can cost can vary depending on the size and time it takes to remove the tattoo. Refer to our section on pricing.
The ink is absorbed by your kidney, liver and lymph nodes and then the ink particles are then excreted when you perspire, urinate and poop. This will be colourless and unnoticeable.
It is unlikely but possible. When the ink is removed it is absorbed into your lymphatic system. If there is a high quantity of ink particles in your system, this could lead to you feeling sick or even fainting and feeling unwell. To help avoid this, it is best to treat larger tattoos, which have a lot of ink in them, in smaller sessions a few weeks apart. We would recommend drinking plenty of water before and increasing your water intake after the treatment to flush out the lymphatic system and taking liver cleansers.
Price (per session)
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Please see below a range of before and after images. Note: the first is Smita’s tattoo and the results are after 3 treatments.