Process & Procedure
The laser light passes through the top layer of skin, the targeted ink particles absorb the energy which shatter into small pieces so that the body is able to break the ink down naturally.
Depending on the size of the tattoo treatments usually take between 5 – 20 minutes.
On average, tattoos take between 5 and 15 treatments. Things such as color, type of ink, skin color, location, and age of tattoo effect how many treatments you will need.
When you come in for a consultation we can look at your tattoo and assess this with you.
Best results are noted when treatments are performed every 8-12 weeks apart.
Most people will note a result within 1-3 treatments depending on ink, size and location of tattoo.
Minimal change will be noted directly after the first treatment. Some people may even see their tattoo get darker with their first treatment. Since everyone responds at a different rate mainly due to the individual immune system response.
Multiple sessions are needed to completely remove the tattoo, for best results follow clinic staff’s instructions and advice.
Pain tolerance levels differ dramatically. We take precautions for minimal amount of discomfort associated with treatments, this is so your treatment is quick and effective.
Optional use of topical numbing creams prior to your treatment, you may numb the area with a topical anesthetic cream, available over the counter at any pharmacy.
Panadol: some patients find that by taking 2 x panadol 30-60mins prior to their treatment helps pain tollerance.
Ice packs can be used to cool the skin during the treatment.
Before & Aftercare Instructions
What should I do before my treatment?
Shave the area the day before treatment if the tattoo is in a hair baring area (if necessary).
Optional: apply topical anesthetic 30-60 minutes prior to treatment.
Avoid aspirin, warfarin, ibuprofen or blood thinning medication.
What do I need to do after I am treated?
First 24 hours:
Apply cold pack as needed, usually 5-10 minutes every 1-2 hours is sufficient.
Rest, avoid excess physical activity. Limit exercise, steam rooms, saunas or swimming.
Elevate the treated area if mild swelling present.
After 24 hours and until healed:
It is important to use your recommended cream twice daily.
All activities may be resumed except swimming, steam
rooms, saunas. (pedicures should also be avoided if tattoo is on the feet).
Do not pop or pick any scabs or you may risk infection and scarring.
Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds during healing process.
85% of tattoos can be completely removed, however we recommend a consultation and assessment to guide and advise you on your individual tattoo based on its location, size and color.
Yes we can treat all skin types from i-vi however for skin types iii, 1-2 additional treamtments may be needed.
We use the Cosjet Q-Switched Laser which is the gold standard for tattoo removal and has 3 wavelengths to remove all most colours of ink, so you can be assured the best laser is being used for the best desired result.
The laser is accurate and can remove unwanted parts of tattoos or just fade for cover up.
Most of the time the treatment will not cause scarring but 99% of that is being compliant with aftercare instructions. If you are not compliant and develop a blister it could cause scarring.
All personnel in the treatment room, including youself, will wear protective eyewear to prevent eye damage from this intense light.
How many session will you need?
Although it is not possible to know exactly how many sessions will be required, you may fill out this form to give you an estimate Kirby-Desai Tattoo Removal Scale