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Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Laser tattoo removal is usually described as a hot ‘flicking’ or ‘pinging’ sensation on the surface of the skin. Everybody is different however, and some clients are even pleasantly surprised that the treatments are less uncomfortable than expected. To ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible, we incorporate the use of a skin cooling system designed specifically for procedures such as laser tattoo removal. This system works by blowing a steady stream of freezing cold air onto the skin before, during and after the treatment to minimize pain and prevent the risk of thermal injury.
A topical anesthetic can also be applied up to 1 hour before the treatment to help numb the area and make the treatment much more tolerable. It is against the law in Queensland to supply, sell, or apply a topical anesthetic unless you are suitably qualified e.g. Pharmacist / Doctor / Nurse. However we are able to point you in the right direction of where you can purchase a suitable numbing cream and application tips.

Can I use a numbing cream before the treatment?

Yes. The use of a numbing cream will not interfere with the results of your treatment, however depending on your pain tolerance and the size of your tattoo, in most cases a topical anesthetic is not required. This is due to the fact the treatments are very fast, and a numbing cream isn’t always effective, so we would prefer for you not to waste your money. We usually recommend to try your first treatment without it and see how you go!

How many sessions will I need?

The required number of treatments required for each tattoo can vary significantly for a number of different reasons. Some of these reasons include:

  • Tattoo age – older tattoos generally fade quicker than newer tattoos
  • Type of ink
  • Depth of ink
  • Colour of ink
  • Amateur or Professional Tattoo – An amateur tattoo will usually always require less treatments than a tattoo that has been done professionally
  • If the tattoo has been ‘touched up’ or ‘redone’
  • Location of tattoo on the body – Tattoos in areas of greater blood flow i.e. closer to the heart, will usually respond more quickly to the treatments
  • General health of client – Laser tattoo removal relies on the body’s immune response and therefore a healthier client will have the best results
  • Skin tone – Although we can treat clients with most skin tones, lighter skins will respond better as there is a greater contrast between the colour of the ink and the colour of the skin

In our experience, a professional tattoo will take anywhere from 5 to 10 treatments to fully remove, while an amateur tattoo may only take up to 4 sessions to be gone completely. If it’s only fading you’re after, you may only be looking at between 2 and 4 treatments depending on your cover up design. At Advanced Tattoo removal we offer complimentary, obligation free consultations where we can take a closer look at your tattoo, perform a patch test, and determine a realistic number of sessions required. We want your tattoo gone as much as you do, and with that in mind, if your ink is not completely gone after completing the number of treatments with us that we recommend during your initial consultation, we will continue to treat you for a fixed price of $50 only per treatment for up to 12 months.

What can I expect & precautions should I take after treatment?

At the conclusion of your first treatment with us, you will be supplied with a complimentary aftercare pack which includes our 24/7 advice contact number, detailed post treatment information and a soothing antiseptic cream to be used after all sessions.

Immediately after the treatment you can expect the area to feel tender and warm, similar to a moderate sunburn. Some patients experience some slight blistering, bruising or swelling, which is completely normal and should subside within the next 24 hours. To assist your skin in healing without scarring, and to speed up recovery, it is important to follow the the advice below:

  • In preparation for your treatment, ensure the area is kept out of the sun for at least 4 weeks.
  • Remove the supplied dressing after 2-4 hours and ensure the area is kept clean and dry
  • Re-apply a soothing antiseptic cream or good quality aloe vera gel regularly for the first few days. We recommend Plunkett’s 99% Pure Aloe Vera Gel.
  • Avoid applying any creams or moisturisers to the area for up to 3 days unless recommended by Us
  • Avoid restrictive shoes, clothing, jewellery or friction to the treated area
  • Avoid heavy exercise, sport, or any type of activity that will cause stress to the treated area.
  • If the treated area is on your ankle or foot, it is important to stay off your feet as much as possible for 48 hours to avoid excess inflammation Avoid hot baths, saunas and steam rooms for 48 hours
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and ensure the treated area is covered with SPF if you will be in the sun
  • If there are blisters present, do not pick, scratch or pop them. This is a normal response and is your body’s way of healing itself after being exposed to heat or friction.
  • If the area feels excessively warm, a cold pack or cool cloth may be applied to assist with discomfort

We recommend you follow this advice until you are confident that the area has healed completely and any blistering, bruising or swelling has subsided.
As part of our commitment to client care, we are on call 24/7 should you have any concerns or questions regarding your skins recovery and are always happy to help.

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

The cost of laser tattoo removal will depend on the size of your tattoo, and how much time it will take to treat during each session. This will be determined during your initial free consultation; however we are also happy to provide a quote if a clear photo of your tattoo is emailed to us using thislink. All tattoos are different, and it is difficult to provide a blanket price, however the table below can be used as a general guide in determining pricing:

Tattoo SizeApprox Cost per Session
XX Small (1cm x 1cm)$50
X Small (5cm x 5cm)$70
Small (10cm x 5cm)$90
Medium (15cm x 10cm)$120
Large (20cm x 20cm)$180
X Large (30cm x 20cm)$250

At Advanced Tattoo Removal it is our commitment to you that we will always ensure our pricing is kept affordable for our clients, and during your initial consultation we will work with you to create a treatment schedule and affordable plan that best suits your needs and circumstances.

Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar?

This is understandably a very common question from our clients as there has been mixed information given about this in the past. The chance of scarring is extremely minimal if treatments are performed safely, using a high quality Q-Switched Nd:Yag laser such as ours, and all aftercare instructions are followed carefully by the client. We are commited to our client’s absolute safety, and will ensure all treatments are performed safely and within your skin’s boundaries without compromising on results. Our Q-Plus C Evo laser has been specifically designed for safety, delivering extremely short pulses of high power into the skin, enabling a photo-acoustic effect while drastically reducing thermal interaction with tissue, and therefore drastically reducing the likelihood of damage to the skin. With the incorporation of our Fractional laser with every treatment, this helps to release heat from the skin and greatly aid in the reduction of side effects such as blistering and swelling. Our laser specialist Kate is happy to show you’re her tattoo that has been treated using this laser which is a great example of how a tattoo can be removed without compromising the surface of the skin.

How long will my treatment take?

Depending on the size of your tattoo, your treatment can take anywhere from a couple of minutes, up to about 15 minutes for a large tattoo. At Advanced Tattoo Removal we generally would not treat for longer than 15 minutes in one session as this can place too much stress on the body, which in turn can affect healing, and ultimately the results of the laser treatment. If it were a very large tattoo, we would plan to complete the remaining area with a follow up appointment about a week later to enable the body to heal that area of skin as best as possible.

Can I have only part of my tattoo removed?

Definitely! Our machine’s hand piece allows for as little or as much of your tattoo to be removed as you choose! Our spot sizes can go down to as little as 2mm, and up to as large as 5mm. This enables us to use precision in situations where clients only want to remove fine lines and small areas within complex tattoos, without compromising the parts of the tattoo that are being kept.

Can I tattoo over the treated area?

You sure can. People look to have their tattoos removed for many different reasons. Some of these reasons include change in tastes & trends, having an old flame’s name removed, a career switch, spelling mistake, or simply clearing more space for new ink. For some people, it’s simply a case of disliking an original design so a cover-up is preferable.  In this circumstance, we are able to significantly fade your tattoo, rather than remove it all together. This means you are less restricted when it comes to your new design and you are more likely to be left with a new tattoo you’ll love infinitely!

How long do I need to wait between treatments?

When it comes to laser tattoo removal, time is your friend. After the laser has done it’s job and shattered the ink beneath your skin’s surface, it is then up to your body to naturally filter out the shattered particles of ink. This process can’t be sped up, and therefore it is not recommended to have your treatments any closer together than at least 6 weeks. If a treatment is performed within this time, it may not be of any benefit and therefore a waste of your money. It may also cause damage to the tissue with the possibility of scarring.

Do you offer payment plans?

Here at Advanced Tattoo Removal we understand that the cost of removing that unwanted tattoo may seem overwhelming. That’s why we have introduced a customised direct debit payment option in conjunction with our partner Debit Success! During your initial consultation we will determine pricing and number of treatments, and divide the amount up into more manageable weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments. Your credit rating will not be affected and some conditions apply, however we will never inflate prices, so even if you choose this option, we will still always offer the same affordable pricing that all our valued clients receive. Visit our pricing page or contact us today for more information, we are happy to answer any of your questions!

What forms of payment do you accept?

We want to make paying for your treatment at Advanced Tattoo Removal as convenient as possible, and therefore offer several different payment methods. We currently accept cash, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard. We may also accept a payment through PayPal in advance if this is a client’s preferred payment method.

Can all tattoos be treated successfully?

It is possible to completely remove or significantly lighten most tattoos. Dark blacks and greens are the colours that respond best to treatment, while light blues and yellows tend to be more resistant. Our Q-Plus C Evo laser incorporates a 694nm Ruby laser specifically designed for treating those colours that are more difficult to treat. This 2 laser system cannot be found in any other tattoo removal laser on the market today, and therefore makes it the very best technology available for removing all colours of ink.

Can I have my tattoo treated if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Although there has never been any harm reported from the use of Q-Switched Nd:Yag lasers being used while pregnant or breastfeeding, we prefer to remain on the safe side and therefore advise our clients to take a break from laser treatments during this time.

Why do you incorporate the additional fractional laser treatment?

Incorporating a complimentary fractional laser treatment on all of our clients is an innovative new strategy in tattoo removal which has been introduced to assist in the release of heat from the site, improve the aftercare and healing experience, and to improve intradermal pigment clearing efficacy. In English? This means our fractional treatment will enhance results by reducing the number of treatments previously required, significantly improving the healing process, aid removal when scarring is already present (from having the tattoo done originally, or caused by other inferior lasers or tattoo removal methods), and work in conjunction with the Q-Switched laser to ensure your skin is left in the same condition as when the treatments were commenced. We are proud to be only 1 of a handful of clinics within Australia who offer this innovative new additional procedure and the very first clinic in the country to use the brand new Q-Plus Evo laser.

What qualifications do you have to perform these treatments?

Our owner and Laser Tattoo Removal Specialist Kate comes from a dermal therapy background having graduated in the top 5 of her class, and until recently was working within one of Australia’s leading laser & skin clinics. She has been trained extensively in all aspects of laser, is fully accredited and licenced through Queensland Radiation Health, and has performed thousands of treatments.

Why should I choose Advanced Tattoo Removal?

At Advanced Tattoo Removal we wont give you a massage, facial or spray tan. Tattoo removal is all we do. It’s what we are passionate about, and therefore it is our absolute specialty. We are committed to our client’s safety and aftercare, whilst ensuring our treatments are kept affordable and within reach for everyone. Still not sure? Give us a call or come in to to our clinic and have a chat with Kate. She is always happy to show you around the clinic, walk you through the process, and answer any of your questions.

In the meantime, have a read through this article which explains the top 3 key ingredients for successful tattoo removal which we can offer you at Advanced Tattoo Removal!

The 3 Ingredients of successful Laser Tattoo Removal

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