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These days there’s a lot of information out there about Laser Tattoo Removal, however a lot of it is incorrect and based on fear tactics and sensational claims to try and get your business. Read on and you’ll get great insights from an industry expert who treats tattoos on a daily basis at Back to Blank Laser Tattoo Removal, Newtown
Myth #1: One Type of Laser is the Best to Remove Tattoos
A common myth is that there’s one laser that is ‘best’ for tattoo removal. This is false. Whilst it is certainly true that there are some cheap lasers that are completely ineffective and other lasers that are designed for hair removal or other beauty treatments that are also ineffective, high-end lasers designed specifically for tattoo removal can produce differing results depending on a number of factors.
There is a lot of hype at the moment about the Pico Laser v’s the q-switched laser. Basically the Pico laser delivers energy in pico seconds while the q-switched laser delivers the energy in nano seconds. Both extremely fast right? But what is more important is the wavelengths that the laser offers because these wavelengths target the different ink colours i.e.:
Black ink: requires 1065nm wavelength
Red & Orange: 532nm
Any time a new laser technology is introduced to the market, expect lots of promotion and promises such as ‘fewer sessions required’ and ‘no pain’, but most times these promises are empty and you pay more for the experience because the laser is more expensive and the price is therefore passed on to the consumer.
There are many good TGA approved lasers on the market that are safe and effective. Rather than shopping for the ‘latest and greatest’ laser, look instead for a laser that has the different wavelengths to remove tattoos and the ‘best’, most experienced operator to do the job. Tattoo removal is an art and science. While the laser is important, the person behind the laser and their experience is more important than the laser.
Myth #2: Tattoo Removal is More Painful Than Getting a Tattoo
In a few cases it may be true, but NOT the majority of the time. And every treatment gets easier as the tattoo fades. Laser removal treatments are very quick and only last a few seconds to a few minutes – way shorter than the time it takes to get a tattoo! I frequently tell my clients it is an intense experience, but it’s all over and you’re out the door very quickly.
There are also things we can do to minimize the discomfort such as applying topical numbing cream before treatment.
We also use a dermal cooler: a cold air device that keeps the skin very cool during the treatment really helps.
Myth #3: Tattoo Removal Causes Burning and Scarring
It is a common fear and belief that laser tattoo removal will scar you for life. False. The lasers we use only target the pigment in the skin and leaves the surrounding skin untouched and unharmed.
As with any medical procedure, there is risk and benefit. On average, the probability of scarring is less than 5% from laser treatment.
That figure can be decreased by the client following the detailed tattoo removal aftercare instructions we provide you at the end of the session.
Not all clients are suitable for laser tattoo removal treatment. Risks are greater for tanned skin, darker skin tone, history of keloid scarring, pregnancy, Accutane medication, immune system disorders, some body locations, and some other medications and disease processes.
Myth #4: Tattoos Disappear After One Session
If you watch laser tattoo removal on youtube, you’ll notice that the tattoo looks like it’s disappearing before your eyes. Unfortunately not. What you’re seeing is ‘grey frosting’ and it’s from the laser beam hiting the ink, causing it to ‘shatter’, which in turn causes a gas to form which temporarily puffs up the skin slightly and makes it look grey. This grey frosting will disappear around 3 hours after the treatment and the tattoo will look similar to how it did before your treatment began. The actual fading begins from then on.
In a nutshell, the laser breaks the ink down into particles and then your body takes it away
Myth #5: Tattoo Removal Creams Work
There is a lot of hype at the moment about Tattoo Removal Creams. So many people ask me if ‘tattoo removal creams’ found on the internet will take off their tattoos. The short answer is no. Of course you want to believe it can work because it would be much easier and cheaper compared to laser tattoo removal.
So why won’t it work? Well, the tattoo ink is placed deeply in the skin. Rubbing a cream on the skin’s surface will not achieve a removal– it can’t reach the ink. The cliché is true—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If this method worked there would be no need for lasers. Nor would the laser manufacturers spend millions of dollars on research and development and marketing, if a simple magic cream could do the job. If ‘removal creams’ worked the TGA would approve the product and it would be in every store in Australia.
Myth #6: New Tattoos are Easier to Remove than Older Ones
In fact it can be the opposite. Some new inks to market are more stubborn than older inks that have had a bit of time to start breaking down naturally.
Myth #7: Having Sessions Closer Together will Remove the Tattoo Faster
Your body takes between 6 – 8 weeks to clear the ‘shattered’ ink particles. It doesn’t make it disappear any quicker if you have sessions more frequently. Tattoo removal requires patience!
Myth #8: Tattoo’s Can’t Completely be Removed
The majority of tattoos can be removed completely. There are some factors which will prevent complete clearance such as the contents in the ink (some are more permanent than others), a laser with inadequate strength, if you are a smoker etc. You should see around a 30% fade after each session
Myth #9: Blisters After Treatment Mean That Something has Gone Wrong
Blisters are a common side effect of Laser Tattoo Removal. A good practitioner will minimize any risk of infection by dressing the area and providing you with a very detailed list of instructions to follow after your session. The blisters will not last long and it is very important that you do not break them
Myth #10: I Need to Completely Remove One Tattoo Before I Get a Cover Up
If you are updating your tattoo, you will possibly only need a couple of sessions to fade your old tattoo to the point where your tattoo artist is comfortable to perform a cover up. Make sure you show your tattoo artist 6 – 8 weeks after your last tattoo removal session so that they can get a good idea of how faded your old tattoo is.
Before you get any Laser Tattoo Removal, do your research!
Look around for the best provider before you embark on the tattoo removal journey because it can be a lengthy one and you need to make sure you trust and are comfortable with who-ever you choose to go with.
Read reviews! Ask for photos that aren’t the laser manufacturer’s photos! Cheapest is not always best!
Look for a clean and hygienic clinic with proven results. Your technician should be certified in Laser Safety and Laser Tattoo Removal. Some medical knowledge would be helpful although not essential.
Call Back to Blank Laser Tattoo Removal if you have any further questions 0413 349 810