Tattoo Removal & Fading Procedure
DermCosmesis is proud to be able to offer effective tattoo removal and fading using Q Switched laser therapy. If you are looking to have a tattoo permanently removed or simply faded for re-design or colouring, this procedure is safe, simple, and it fits easily into your busy schedule. Best of all, DermCosmesis tattoo removal and fading is only done by our licensed cosmetic physicians and general practice doctors, ensuring your tattoo removal is in safe hands.
Laser tattoo removal works by focusing laser energy to break up the pigment and colour in your tattoo. Our Q Switched laser is designed with tattoo removal as a principle procedure – ensuring that you receive the best results. Our Q Switched laser can remove a wide range of colours in tattoos and permanent makeup. Our laser uses three separate wavelengths of light to remove darker (black, purple, brown), brighter (red, yellow, orange), and stubborn blue-green tattoo pigments. The laser needs only a fraction of a second to break down the pigment allowing your treatment to be completed in only a short time. Tattoo removal lasers do not penetrate the deeper layers of skin, making scarring very rare and healing very fast.
An average tattoo takes from 5 to 20 treatments to remove completely. The number of treatments depends on the age, colour, quality of ink, and technique used to create the tattoo (professional vs. homemade).
Remove All Types of Tattoos
DermCosmesis and the Illawarra Medical general practitioners have experience with the removal and fading of a wide range of tattoos. The common types of tattoos that are removed include:
- Names and words
- Designs – hearts, characters, animals, flowers, tribal art or barbed wire
- Large tattoos such as sleeves
- Portions of tattoos – we can remove just a small part of a larger tattoo
- Fading of tattoos for re-colouring is also very popular.
WARNING – Possible side effects of Tattoo Removal are: Some redness, swelling, and minor blistering of the skin, may occur after a laser treatment. These side effects are temporary and your skin will heal back completely. We provide our patients detailed aftercare instructions to help them manage their skin after the treatment.
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With today’s technology, we are able to precisely target the ink in your tattoo with minimal side effects. The laser energy gently passes through the outermost layer of skin until it reach your tattoo’s pigment and leaves the lower layers untouched. The skin surface is not broken, although some swelling and sensitivity is common. For your comfort, we use an air cooling system during the procedure and depending on the size and location of the tattoo a numbing cream may be applied to the tattoo removal procedure.
Many patients are familiar with laser hair removal – tattoo removal lasers do not need to penetrate as deeply into the skin and procedures are less painful and much shorter in duration. Still concerned? Read through our FAQs or Aftercare Instructions for more information.
Laser tattoo removal is a medical procedure that deserves research and careful consideration. We recommend booking a free consultation with one of our general practitioners prior to your treatment.
What do you use to remove a tattoo?
Derm Cosmesis uses a state-of-the-art Revlite Q-switched laser. This laser is highly effective at removing a wide range of colored ink with only minimal side effects. This laser is utilised for the removal of dermal pigmentation (i.e. tattoo ink) and is the latest in a string of medical lasers designed to remove unwanted tattoos.
How exactly does the laser break up the tattoo ink?
Two key processes break up the ink – the pigment in your tattoo will absorb the energy from the laser and shatter apart; also, the incredibly fast pulse of energy from the laser has a shockwave-like effect that assists in shattering the ink like sugar cubes breaking apart into small granules. See our videos on the process here.
How does the body remove the shattered ink?
Once the ink is broken down by the laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune response will be obvious to the patient in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the next days, weeks, and months the small, shattered ink particles will be flushed away naturally. The tattoo removal effects are not seen overnight and all tattoos require multiple sessions.
Why do I need multiple sessions?
All tattoos have layers of ink, stacked on top of each other within the skin. The thick concentration of pigment particles that cannot be completely broken down in one session. At Derm Cosmesis we’ll go over your entire tattoo with the laser, breaking up as much ink as possible in every session. Each session will produce some level of fading, although for very new tattoos the fading may not be as visible because the ink is still so thick and dense. If your tattoo has shading, the shaded areas will vanish in fewer treatments because shaded tattoos have a lower ink density. Visit our Before & After Gallery to get an idea of the results to expect.
Do tattoo removal “creams” or “injections” work?
We’ve seen little to no evidence that “magic creams” help to fade tattoos. At best, they may act like a mild skin bleach to lighten the surrounding skin. Looking at the ingredients and components of such products makes one wonder how they would purportedly remove tattoo ink. Injection methods of tattoo removal are even worse because they may be injecting highly-damaging acid into the skin.
What is the cost of every session?
The cost of each session depends on the size of the tattoo or tattoos being removed, with prices as starting aroiund $195 per session. Our GP’s will provide you with a price per session and a guide as to how many sessions may be required. They will categorize your tattoo into “small”, “medium” or “large” for the purpose of pricing, and may offer discounts for multiple tattoos removed at the same time. A large tattoo is normally given a custom price per session. We are competitive in our pricing and superior in our service.
How many sessions will I need to remove my tattoo?
The number of sessions needed to remove a tattoo depends on three factors: the age of the tattoo, the color of the ink, and the density of the ink.
- Older tattoos can be removed with fewer treatments than newer tattoos. A black ink tattoo that is 10 years old may take one or two treatments fewer than a 1 year old black tattoo. A 20 year old tattoo may take two to three treatments fewer than a 1 year old tattoo.
- Certain colours are more easily removed than others. Black and red tattoos are the easiest to remove. Orange, yellow, pink, purple, brown, and other shades are slightly more difficult to remove. The most difficult colors to remove are light green, light blue, and turquoise. During the free consultation we’ll discuss the number of treatments you’ll need to remove certain colors, but expect that you’ll need a few more if you have a difficult color.
- Because tattoo removal depends on the body to flush away the shattered ink particles, areas of the body with less circulation often take more time to show results. The toes, fingers, ears, and nose are areas that may show slower results.
- Ink Density: Shading in a tattoo is easily removed. Some tattoos with letters use shading to fill in the outlines of the letters. Some tattoos with certain designs use shading for clouds or other visual effect. Shading will be removed in only a few sessions in most cases.
Will the laser procedure scar my skin?
No. This is a question that many new patients ask about, and we understand their concerns. Modern tattoo removal lasers such as the Revlite used at our clinic will not scar the skin for two reasons. First, the laser does not go deep enough in the skin to cause a scarring response. Second, the pulse from the laser is so fast that only the tattoo pigmentation is affected and surrounding cells and tissue are left undamaged. Scarring was an issue 10 or 15 years ago when the equipment used for tattoo removal was rather primitive. There is no need to be concerned about scarring unless you have a history of keloid scarring, which our provider will discuss with you.
Does the procedure hurt?
Almost every patient we treat compares the pain from the procedure with that of getting the tattoo applied. A key difference is that laser tattoo removal is much quicker – most treatments take between 30 seconds and 10 minutes for completion. Patients compare the discomfort with that of a rubber band snapping against their skin. Black ink tattoos are slightly less uncomfortable to remove than colored tattoos due to the wavelength of light we use to break up the ink. Our General Practitioners may choose to apply numbing creams to reduce the discomfort felt during the procedure.
What side effects might I experience?
Most patients experience some redness, swelling, and minor blistering of the skin after a laser treatment. These side effects are temporary and your skin will heal back completely. We provide our patients detailed aftercare instructions to help them manage their skin after the treatment.