Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are a means of expression and have been so for centuries. Laser is a widely accepted tool for tattoo removal and the latest advent in Q-Switch technology has revolutionised the tattoo removal process making it faster, less uncomfortable and increasingly effective with low downtimes.

How does tattoo removal work?

Just like pigmentation treatments, the principle of laser tattoo removal is selective photothermolysis. This process allows the lasers to destroy a specific pigment in the skin by using a specific wavelength. The shattered pigment is then absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system lightening the tattoo at each treatment.



How many sessions do I need?

Depending on the type of tattoo (amateur or professional), colour of the ink and area of treatment tattoo removal sessions can be as little as 3 sessions or as high as 10-15 sessions, 4-8 weeks apart. Amateur tattoos are more superficial and only require a few sessions to clear. Bright colors are not easily removed due to absorption limitations with the lasers and areas such as feet and fingers that have a lower blood supply can take longer to clear the ink from your system. A free consultation is the best way to ensure you receive the most optimal care and information on how many sessions are required and set expectations for tattoo clearance depending on your goals. Post treatment care is a must for optimal results

What is involved in a tattoo removal session?

A few hours before your treatment, you may be required to have some pain killers to keep you comfortable during the procedure. You may request to use a numbing gel on the day or have your treatment without one. Most patients do not require numbing as the treatment is a very quick procedure and is relatively less painful when compared to older models of tattoo removal machines.

During treatment, a Q-switch laser pulse is scanned along the entire treatment area breaking the ink into tiny fragments. After your prescribed number of treatments, you will notice the pigment in the tattoos will fade away leaving a ghosting appearance of the original tattoo.

Is Laser Tattoo removal safe?

Yes. In the hands of a Lawnton Laser Clinic technician, this procedure is very safe. The laser needs to be absorbed into the ink and not the surrounding skin (failure to do so can lead to serious burns). This makes it imperative that a tattoo removal technician has the skills, licencing and knowledge to ensure safe treatment and quality outcomes for their clients.

Does Tattoo removal hurt?

Unfortunately, no method of removing a tattoo is pain-free. The deep seated ink needs to be broken down into smaller fragments for the body to clear away and this requires a lot of energy delivered in short pulses. Patients describe this as a sharp and prickly sensation or a rubber band snapping against the skin. A numbing gel is offered to keep you comfortable during the process should you wish.