Laser Tattoo Removal & Laser Modification of Tattoos
Since 1993 Melbourne dermatology clinic Laser Dermatology has provided Melbourne's only specialist tattoo removal service. Thousands of people have benefited from tattoo removal treatment with the Q-Switched YAG laser. Laser Dermatology now offers the state of the art PicoSure® laser as well as the ConBio™ RevLite® SI Q-Switched Nd:YAG tattoo removal laser and the Wavelength Sinon™ Ruby tattoo removal laser to address all colours of tattoo ink. These lasers are also used for removal of cosmetic tattooing (eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner) and traumatic tattooing following injury (gravel and tar staining).
LASER DERMATOLOGY is the first specialist dermatology clinic in Australia to offer the PicoSure® tattoo removal laser. PicoSure's ultra-short pulse duration goes beyond photothermal action creating an intense photomechanical impact, patented PressureWave™, resulting in greater disruption of the target for better clearance with fewer treatments, less fluence and without injury to the surrounding skin. Even dark, stubborn blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated, recalcitrant tattoos can be removed.
How do tattoo removal lasers work?
These pigment specific tattoo removal lasers fade or remove tattoo ink with the energy of light. The laser removes the ink by using a specific colour of light that passes through normal skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink without damaging surrounding tissue. Rapid absorption of laser light energy causes the tattoo pigment to break into smaller granules so it can be removed by the body's natural filtering systems.
Traditional nanosecond lasers predominately rely on photothermal action, delivering heat to the pigment and surrounding tissue.
PicoSure® takes advantage of PressureWave™ Technology to shatter the target ink into tiny particles that are easily eliminated by the body.
Now available with the Boost™ Upgrade, which increases the PressureWave™ by 70%.
An important note about tattoo removal
There is no safe method of removing a tattoo in one treatment. All single treatment methods such as infrared coagulation, surgical excision, dermabrasion and acid de-tattooing will damage the skin and leave a scar.
What does laser tattoo removal feel like?
The laser light pulses produced by the tattoo removal lasers feel similar to being flicked by a rubber band. Most people do not require anaesthesia, but local anaesthetic injections are is available for those who find laser tattoo removal treatment uncomfortable.
Laser Dermatology is now able to offer stronger pain relief with the use of a medical-grade inhaled analgesic agent. This is the same pain-relief medicine used by the Metropolitan Ambulance. It is particularly useful when treating large tattoos.
How many treatments will I need to remove my tattoo?
The number of laser tattoo removal treatments will depend on the amount, colour and type of tattoo ink, the depth of tattoo ink into the skin and the method of tattoo application. With the new PicoSure® laser professionally applied tattoos may respond in 6 treatments or less (half the number needed with the other lasers while self-applied tattoos may fade after only two laser tattoo removal treatments. Tattoo removal treatments are conducted at six to eight weekly intervals.
Does the colour of the tattoo ink influence the results of tattoo removal?
Yes. The PicoSure® is the only laser proven to effectively remove green and aqua inks in fewer treatments. Dark blue, black and red tattoo inks usually respond very well to the Q-Switched YAG tattoo removal laser but will require more treatments. Red ink will only respond to the Revlite SI Q-switched YAG laser.
Will the tattoo disappear completely?
In many cases, greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be achieved with laser tattoo removal treatment. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it impossible to predict the extent of laser removal treatment in any individual tattoo.
Does laser tattoo removal leave a scar?
The vast majority of patients treated by laser tattoo removal have not developed any scarring. It is, however, impossible to guarantee that no scarring will occur given the enormous differences between individuals. Some people may experience minor textural change on areas treated by tattoo removal lasers. If you have any evidence that your healing capacity makes you especially prone to bad scarring, please bring this to our attention so a test laser treatment can be carried out on your tattoo.
What happens after laser tattoo removal treatment?
There may be some pinpoint bleeding with scab or rarely blister formation. An antibiotic dressing must be applied daily until the area is healed. You may bathe normally but we do suggest you minimise vigorous activity for a few days to optimise healing after your laser tattoo removal treatment.
Once you have decided on laser tattoo removal treatment, remember the most important things about our clinic - the expertise of the laser operators and our "state of the art" laser tattoo removal equipment. All our laser therapists are registered nurses who are trained by our resident dermatologist. You may be aware that many "laser" and "IPL" centres are offering tattoo removal, amongst other treatments. Unfortunately, no matter how good the equipment, it will only be as good as its operator. Scarring and changes to skin pigment can result from improperly applied light treatments for tattoo removal treatments.