Today, Laser Tattoo Removal is quite common and reasonably straightforward, however it is important to do your research before embarking on the journey of removing or fading your tattoo. At Back to Blank Laser Tattoo Removal, we are often asked; ‘is the pico laser better than the q-switched laser?’ ‘will I scar?’, ‘will it hurt?’, ‘how much will it cost?’, ‘how many sessions will I need?’. We will answer any questions you may have as honestly and openly as we can.
Which machine is better – Pico or Q-switched? Tattoo Removal has traditionally been done with the q-switched laser but recently there has been a lot of hype about the new Pico Laser. Here are the 3 main differences:
- Speed: The Pico works on ‘pico seconds’, while the q-switch works on ‘nano seconds’ – it is only a fraction of a second faster but it works exactly the same way
- Cost: The cost of the Pico Machine is 3 times that of the Q-switch laser, which often means the treatments are too.
- Wavelengths: Different Ink colours need different wavelengths treat effectively
Black ink requires the 1065nm wavelength, Green: 650nm, Red & Orange, 532nm and Blues 585nm
Unlike the Pico lasers, our Q-switched laser has all wavelengths and therefore can truly target most colours (no laser can remove white or yellow)
Do your research! Any time a new laser technology is introduced to the market, there are lots of promotional promises such as ‘fewer sessions required’, ‘no pain’ or ‘better for the skin’, but many times these promises are empty and you pay more for the experience.
“Spectra is clearly the laser of choice for tattoos. Hands down, it is the best laser system when it comes to tattoo removal.” Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS, Laser Skin Clinic of Louisiana, USA * at Back to Blank we use the Spectra Q-switched Nd:Yag laser
Are there any reasons I can’t have laser tattoo removal?
- Prone to certain medical conditions (talk to us)
- On certain medications e.g.: Roaccutane
- Have had significant sun exposure in the past 4-6 weeks, or have been using artificial tan
Who will perform my sessions? All laser sessions at Back to Blank are done by a fully trained nurse, who is also Laser Safety Certified and accredited in Tattoo Removal
Are there any side effects? Common side effects are blisters, pinpoint bleeding and bruising. If you go to a responsible provider with a high quality laser, you will not scar from laser tattoo removal
Occasionally, a whitening of the skin may occur (hypo pigmentation) or darkening (hyper pigmentation), however, normal skin tone should return within 6 -12 months following your last treatment session.
What will my tattoo look like straight after treatment? After treatment, your the tattoo will have a white discolouration, and the area around the tattoo may become red and appear swollen. This is normal and will settle over the next few hours, leaving your tattoo to look the same as before your treatment.
Fading happens over the 6 weeks NOT at the time of treatment
How will the treatment feel? The treatments are very quick and seeing your tattoo fading outweighs any temporary discomfort
Some patients say they feel like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Many treatments do not require anesthetic, however, some patients feel more comfortable with a local numbing agent, such as a topical anesthetic which is sold at Back to Blank
We also use – 40 C air-cooling device on all clients to relieve discomfort.
How many treatments will I need? The number of treatments required depends on the tattoo size, location, depth as well as your skin colour and tattoo colour. We will give you an estimated number of sessions based on certain factors during your complimentary initial consultation
Older tattoos tend to come out more quickly. Your general health is important too. Clearance is slower if you smoke but quicker if you are fit, work out regularly and drink lots of water
What about if I just want to fade my tattoo? The treatment is the same, but you will probably only need between 1-4 sessions to fade a tattoo to the point where your tattoo artist is happy to tattoo over the top.
How often are the treatments? Sessions are 6 – 8 weeks apart to allow the body to dispose of the ink after each treatment. You will continue to see fading of your tattoo for 6 – 12 months after your last session
How long will each session take? Sessions usually take 10 – 30 minutes.
How do I care for my tattoo after my session? Immediately after treatment, antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the treated area to minimise the risk of infection.
You will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your tattoo, however the main things to consider are
- Avoid sunlight!
- No chlorinated water or spas for 7 days
- Keep it dry and covered for 2-3 days
- Do not burst blisters
How soon after getting a tattoo can I remove it? You must wait until the skin has completely healed or approximately 8-12 weeks
What is the cost? Costs start at $99 per session. Ask us about any current promotions
Can my tattoo be completely removed? In most cases YES.
White and yellow ink cannot be removed by any laser.
Since the ink used in tattooing can vary from tattoo to tattoo, some patients have only partial clearing even after several sessions
There are some inks that are ‘permanent’ – ie: made from substances unknown. We will know after a few sessions if your ink is permanent.
We stand by our promise – If our laser can’t remove your tattoo – no one can!
For more information on Laser Tattoo Removal or to book a complimentary consultation, call us on 0413 349 810 or complete our online enquiry form