Laser Tattoo Removal

Remove your tattoo pigment completely without leaving any scarring!

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Your reason to get your tattoo removed could be:

  • New career
  • Outdated design
  • Poor choice of tattoo artist
  • Misspelling of word on a tattoo
  • Fading of an old tattoo
  • Prepare for a new tattoo

Tattoo Removal with Q-switched Nd:Yag Laser

Riana’s Health and Skin Care Clinic is offering tattoo removal for body tattoos with the advance and well known Q–SWITCHED Spectrum QS ND:YAG laser.

The Spectrum QS radiates the light of specific wavelengths in a high peak, ultra-short nanosecond energy pulse. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by the pigment and results in an instantaneous blast. The pigment particles are shattered into fragments, parts of them will be bounced out of the skin and the other parts will be spilt into tiny particles that can be engulfed by phagocytes and then eliminated by the lymphatic system.

The QS Nd:YAG is the perfect machine for removing tattoo’s actively and without any scarring or discoloration of the area.

It is only possible to remove one layer of ink at a time so a course of 4-10 treatments is required for complete removal. Other factors such as the age of the tattoo and the type of ink used also affects the number of treatments required.

QS Stands for Quick-Switch and means the laser can be switched from 1064nm to 532nm by a simple lens change. The 1064nm wavelength is ideal for black, blue and purple while the 532nm lens is used for lighter colors like red, pink and orange. The QS is a true tattoo removal laser.

The Spectrum QS is a category 3B laser making it accessible to many businesses in Australia, with the exception of Western Australia and Tasmania.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Pulses of light are emitted at nanosecond pulse duration ( 1 nanosecond is 1billionth of a second ) the laser light is directed onto the tattoo where the light is absorbed by the tattoo ink. The laser light is attracted by the following colours: black, blue, red, and it will shatter those inks which will then be eliminated by the epidermis, visible when skin peels, also by the phagocytes, (they are cells, such as a white blood cell, that engulf and absorb waste material, harmful microorganisms, or other foreign bodies in the bloodstream and tissues) and the lymphatic system.

More than one treatment is necessary to remove all tattoo pigment. The amount of treatments depends on the age of the tattoo, the ink used, how deep the tattoo was implanted.

It is very effective on black, blue, red, brown, (it is effective for age spots and sun spots removal) but there is also fading of most colours to some degree, however green, yellow, pink, orange and purple can be troublesome.

Medical and traumatic tattoos respond well, but the origin of the tattoo is very important, if it is unclear, a biopsy is recommended.

Cosmetic tattoo ink, containing iron oxide can permanently turn black (most cosmetic tattoos do contain iron oxide).

Lip colours containing titanium dioxide (light colours) will also turn black.

Tanned skin whether obtained by the sun, or the use of sun beds is a problem, the tattoo cannot be removed if the skin is tanned, so if considering tattoo removal, please wait until the skin returns to your natural skin colour.

Do not apply fake tan. If fake tan has been applied recently, wait until it has disappeared before you have your tattoo removed

DO ALL COLOURS DISAPPEAR EQUALLY?

No. Dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER TATTOO REMOVAL?

Following the procedure the area may be red or swollen, as if mildly sunburned, for five days to several weeks. There may be some bruising, and with deeper tattoos bleeding is not uncommon. Usually there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment given to you by your laser therapist. A shower can be taken but you must keep the skin clean and dry for 5-7 seven days and the treated area should not be scrubbed. Recovery times depend on the extent of the treatment and the individual’s capacity to heal. Redness, sensitivity or even blistering may continue for several weeks, and there may be discoloration and a change in skin texture in the area, which will gradually improve. You should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun, as this may retard healing and hyper-pigmentation. You may not notice significant results until several treatments have been completed. Most people are satisfied with the pigment removal achieved through laser treatment. It is important to remember, however, that your skin will never look as it did before you had the tattoo, even though the tattooed pigment has been removed. At the end of treatments, in most cases hyper or hypo pigmentation or even mild skin irregularities can occur.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?

If you are in good health (no serious health concerns), have realistic expectations and do not have hypo-/hyper- pigmentation, tanned or Keloid scarring in your family or personal history, you may be a good candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PRICE OF TATTOO REMOVAL

The average cost can be anywhere from $90/$100 per session for removal of a small tattoo (intentional or trauma tattoo) to $500/$700 for a large piece (A4 Size) per session.

Getting a tattoo removed is much more expensive than having one put on. The price of Laser tattoo removal depends upon the size, color, type, location of the tattoo and the number of visits required. Medical insurance generally does not pay for tattoo removal, since it is considered aesthetic or cosmetic in nature.

An alternative method to work out a cost is per square inch.  A square inch is about the size of one postage stamp. A business card is six square inches. To determine how many square inches your tattoo is, measure the length and the width and multiply those numbers together to get the total square inches.We charge from $39 to $49 per square inch per visit with a minimum of about $150 for tattoo removal.

More Questions and answers:

My tattoo has lots of colors. Can it be removed?

  • Usually, but not always. We use state of the art lasers and the newest techniques. Some colors may require more treatments, but they can be usually removed. Some colors cannot be removed. Certain shades of purples, pinks, yellow, and white are examples of colors that may not be removable.
 Will it be gone after my first treatment?

  • No. There are several different factors involved in determining how many treatments your particular tattoo will require, but between 5 and 15 treatments is average.
I had my first treatment and nothing seems different. Is this normal?

  • Yes. Some people may even see their tattoo get darker with their first treatment. Everyone responds at a different rate. The treatment is only effective with multiple visits…just be patient and you should get the best results possible.
I had a treatment a week ago and it seems all healed. Can I come back sooner than six weeks?

  • Healing is not the reason for the spacing of your treatments. The laser does not expel the ink, it breaks it up so your body’s immune system can take it away. If you treat your tattoo too frequently, the laser is simply targeting the ink your body hasn’t had the chance to remove, and you pay more for the same result.
Are there any limitations after treatment?

  • You may resume all activities soon after treatment, provided you ensure the area is not rubbed or scratched. If you are in the sun, you should cover the treated area to prevent sunburn until the skin has healed.
I love this tattoo, but there’s this one part that bugs me. Can I have just a piece of it removed?

  • Yes. We can take the face off your pin-up girl to have it redone. We can take just the name off the banner across your heart. Our lasers are very accurate.
I have permanent make-up (lip liner, eyeliner, eyebrows). Can you remove it?

  • We do not treat these types of tattoos. Some cosmetic inks have metallic bases. When the laser comes in contact with these inks, it can turn black. Be cautious of anyone who says they can effectively remove cosmetic ink. Once this darkening occurs, it cannot be removed by any laser. You may end up with permanent black lip liner. Tattooed eyeliner cannot be removed due to the danger of the laser near the eye, and the ink in permanent eyebrows could migrate up the forehead causing a shadow effect.
 Do I have to pay for my entire treatment in advance?

  • No. However, we offer discounts if you do. You can pay for one treatment at a time. We provide discount packages for multiple treatments.
Will I have a scar?

  • Most patients will not scar, however, scarring is a possibility in any medical procedure involving the skin. If you are predisposed to Keloids, or you scar easily, your chances are higher. Compliance with our aftercare instructions will greatly reduce your chances of scarring.
Does it hurt?

  • Pain is your personal perception and everyone experiences it differently. There is a minimal amount of discomfort involved in this procedure. Prior to your treatment, we numb the area with a high power topical anaesthetic cream mixture.  During the treatment we use ice packs to keep the area cool.

 

For more information regarding the treatment or anything else please send me an email to ihccentre@gmail.com or phone me on 0261662265. You can also visit our website: www.riana-centre.com.au