About the treatment

With today’s modern lasers, the process of tattoo removal has become almost completely non-invasive, much more effective and more comfortable. Complete laser tattoo removal requires several treatment sessions, typically spaced at least six to nine weeks apart. The number of sessions and spacing between treatments depends on various parameters, including the area of the body treated and skin colour. Treating more frequently than six weeks increases the risk of adverse effects and does not necessarily increase the rate of fading. Laser works by producing short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body's immune system. The ink is broken-down, absorbed and expelled by the body and the tattoo fades gradually over time. At each session, some but not all of the tattoo pigment particles are effectively shattered, and the body removes the smallest fragments over the course of several weeks. Remaining large particles of tattoo pigment are then targeted at subsequent treatment sessions, causing further lightening.

 

Pain Relief

We use advanced cooling machines to help minimise discomfort. Pain during the treatment however is relative and will depend on the individual’s pain threshold. Scarred clients usually feel stronger pain, while other clients refer such pain to a flick of a hot rubber band. Usually the procedure is over within minutes, sometimes seconds. You may return to work immediately. There is no down time for this procedure.

You may also purchase a light topical anesthetic to reduce the pain during the treatment. This can be purchased over the counter at most chemists (3gm approx. $10). This can be applied to the area 1hr prior to your visit. Please contact your GP for advise on its use and ensure you do not have any allergies to its active ingredients. Please notify us if you have chosen to use numbing cream as this will need to be removed prior to the laser removal treatment.

 

Conradictions

Not all clients are ideal candidates for laser tattoo removal. It’s important to recognise these relative contraindications and absolute contraindications to laser tattoo removal.

The procedure is not recommended within 24 hours of taking:

  • Alcohol

The procedure is not recommended within 2 weeks of using:

  • Sun Tanning
  • Self-Tanning
  • Solariums

The procedure is not recommended within 6 months of having:

  • Roaccutane

The procedure cannot be provided for those who are:

  • Intoxicated
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis A B C
  • Sun burnt/ Sun Tanned
  • Taking Ro-Accutane/ Isotretinoin
  • Have Eczema in the area
  • Have Inflammatory dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Cutaneous infections
  • Immune system disorders
  • History of keloid formation
  • Psychologically ill patients
  • Pregnant or Breast Feeding
  • Have Skin Cancer
  • Bleeding disorders and haemophilia
  • Photodermatoses
  • Herpes simplex in the treatment area
  • Cold sores in the area
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Pigmentation in the treatment area
  • Photo sensitive drugs
  • Persons undergoing chemo or radiation therapy
  • Have epilepsy,
  • Prone to keloid scarring
  • Under 18yo

 

The procedure healing time and results may be effected by:

  • The person’s general state of health
  • Age – older skin repairs itself at a lower rate than younger skin
  • The functioning of the immune system
  • Dietary factors – skin needs proper nutrition
  • External temperature and weather conditions
  • Stress on the injury site such as friction
  • Whether or not the wound becomes infected
  • Smoking and some drugs
  • Pre-existing medical conditions such as some vascular disease
  • Location of ink – extremities heal more slowly due to poor circulation
  • Cartilaginous tissue as it has less blood vessel.

Your Appointment

Preparation: Please shave the area you wish to be treated. Do not consume any alcohol prior.

Session Time: The session goes for approx 15 to 30 mins depending on the complexity of your treatment. Please arrive 5 mins early.

Cancellations/No Shows: Arrivals 5 mins after your allocated time will result in cancellation. Cancellations within 24 hours will result in loss of $50 deposit or pre-paid session.

Payment: Please bring remainder payment in CASH to your appointment as I don’t have EFTPOS facilities.  Do not transfer the remainder balance.

Support: You are welcome to bring a friend or a family member but they are to remain in the waiting area outside of the treatment room.

Location: Our current location is based in St Clair 5011 (near Woodville), a council approved and fully accredited home based studio. An SMS will be send the day before with our full address.