To completely remove a tattoo a number of sessions need to be performed – usually an average of 1 – 4 for amateur tattoos and 3 – 8 for professional tattoos, however this varies from person to person. Each session is done between four to six weeks apart, to allow enough time for the body to remove as much tattoo ink as possible.
The procedure involves some discomfort however every endeavour is made by the laser operator to minimize the pain. We use Koolio which is an optimal cooling and pain relief device that generates cold air for skin cooling. It is very effective for relieving pain & discomfort during the laser treatment and assists in the initial healing process.
What Laser’s do we use?
We use a Q-Switched Ruby Laser and a Q-Switched Nd:Yag laser. We have state of the art technology with over $200,000 worth of lasers.
Can we remove all colours?
Yes we can successfully remove all tattoo colours, the hardest of colours to completely remove is yellow, however it is possible and we have done so successfully
How do our lasers work?
Tattoos consist of ink particles that have been ingested by cells in the lower part of the skin. The absorption of the laser beam causes the ink particles to shatter and release the ink. The ink is then dispersed into and disposed off by the body’s natural internal processes.
What does it feel like?
The laser traces over the tattoo causing the sensation of hot pricks or being flicked by a rubber band. This discomfort is minimal and usually well tolerated.
How long do you have to wait between treatments?
4 – 6 weeks is recommended between treatments. After treating your tattoo there is a healing process that takes place and even though your skin may appear healed on the surface there is still alot happening internally to break as much ink away as possible. Disturbing this process early can result in scarring and slow down the desired results of maximum ink dispersion.
That is why we only do single treatments and do not offer double or triple treatments.
Does a Laser treatment leave scarring?
Professional laser treatment should cause no scarring. Scarring occurs in less than 1% of cases. Sometimes there may be scars that are not evident from the application of the original tattoo or previously tried tattoo removal methods. Generally the lasers do not break the skin, so provided the after care instructions given by the operator are followed you should not have any scarring.
In our experience we have noticed that a lot of clients who have had double or triple treatments elsewhere have scarring.
How many treatments are required?
An average of 3-8 treatments for complete removal are required, or half that for lightening & modification. There are many factors that contribute to determining the amount of treatments needed including how you look after it after your treatment.
How much does it cost?
Our pricing is quoted on the size of the tattoo which is done upon consultation either in the clinic or over the phone.
Does it hurt more than getting a tattoo?
The pain level is similar to getting a tattoo, however it is a very different sensation. If you can handle getting the tattoo you should be fine with laser. We have a Koolio cooling system that blows cold air over the skin during the treatment reducing the pain by approx 75% and assisting the healing process.
How long does a laser treatment take?
Laser is a lot quicker than getting the tattoo. Generally 1 hour of tattoo is equivalent to 5 – 10 minutes of laser.
How long have we been removing tattoos at Brisbane Tattoo Modification & Removal?
We have over 20 years experience in tattoo removal. We have seen a very wide variety of tattoo sizes, colours & quality.
If you have any further questions feel free to contact us