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Unfortunately, tattoo removal does hurt. Anyone who tells you it doesn’t hurt is not being honest with you. However, there are things we can do to help minimise pain. We work closely with a Pharmacist who can prepare a special numbing cream to suit your needs. Once we do our assessment of your requirements, we will put you directly in touch with the pharmacist.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the new PicoSure tattoo removal technology, and we’ve been asked whether we will be switching away from our Spectra XT. The answer? Definitely Not!
It all comes down to physics.
In a nutshell, different wavelengths have different impacts on specific colors of tattoo ink within the skin. You need a series of different wavelengths to properly hit the depth of blacks, greens, yellows, reds, and other colors. There’s no such thing as a “do-it-all” wavelength. With the Spectra XT, there are four TRUE wavelengths, whose energy represents the depth of the ink in your skin. These wavelengths have the strongest ability of any laser to break down inks.
1064: This wavelength hits black/Dark Blue/Brown, which is the deepest and easiest to remove.
532: This wavelength hits red/orange, which is the most shallow in the skin.
585: This wavelength hits Sky blue.
650: targets green ink, which can be some of the toughest to remove.
The PicoSure uses one wavelength: 755. Why? In the early days of laser tattoo removal, 755 was the golden number. Although these lasers work, it doesn’t go deep enough to hit the blacks, let alone remove them. When it comes to blues and greens, the wavelength goes past them.
Recently, the PicoSure has added a 532 wavelength – which we have been using for Years on the Q-switched laser!
You also should not have any significant sun exposure to the tattoo in between treatments, but especially after a treatment
SPECTRA Laser Tattoo Removal uses laser energy to significantly lighten or completely remove your tattoo. Ink particles are targeted by the laser energy and broken into small fragments that your body can absorb. Tattoo ink is heavily deposited deep into your skin, and as a result in order to completely remove the tattoo, multiple treatments are required.
Our medical grade, TGA approved laser is one of the most powerful Q-switched Nd:YAG tattoo removal machines on the market.
It is capable of producing four wavelengths to target different tattoo colours. Using different hand pieces, it can target ALL tattoo colours except white, making it the most effective of its kind.
Black and red inks are the easiest to remove, next are green, yellow and orange. The hardest are light greens and light blues and white is very difficult. Generally pastel colours are the most difficult to remove.
The number of treatments required for optimal results depends on the size, location, depth and colour of the tattoo. Treatments should be performed 4 – 8 weeks apart in order to allow your body to remove the tattoo ink fragments.
The number of treatments required is based factors such as:
Other factors that will effect sessions required are:
A qualified and highly experienced technician will do a full assessment of your tattoo in person. Then, based on our experience, we will give you an estimate as close as possible as to the number of sessions you will require.
No two tattoos are alike; they vary in the type of ink used, colours, and depth of application. Black and red inks are generally the easiest to remove; blues and greens are moderate, while light colours such as yellow tend to be the hardest.
Also, the darker the skin type, the harder the tattoo is to remove completely.
Your laser tattoo removal specialist will tell you honestly what type of results you can expect.
Each session usually takes 10 – 30 minutes and will depend on the size of the tattoo. However, if your Tattoo Removal Specialist applies a numbing agent beforehand, there will be extra time waiting for it to work.
After the laser breaks down the ink, the body’s natural immune processes take over and remove the foreign particles from the broken down ink over time. Surrounding tissue is largely unaffected but not entirely spared, as the process may cause some inflammation to the skin. Numerous sessions are required to gain complete removal, and the body needs 6 – 8 weeks between sessions in order to clear the ink and heal.
…and receive $20 off your first treatment