Laser Tattoo Removal Melbourne
Medical-grade laser breaks up your unwanted tattoo into tiny ink particles that are naturally absorbed by the body.
Laser tattoo removal is achieved through the use of specialized lasers that work by directing energy via highly concentrated colour light beams, targeting ink particles that lie beneath the skin. These laser pulses shatter the ink particles into tiny fragments which are later removed by the body’s natural processes, allowing the tattoo to eventually disappear. Removing your tattoo selectively targets the ink within tattoos without causing any damage to the surrounding skin, making the process a highly popular treatment for a wide variety of people.
There are many things to take into consideration when choosing to remove tattoos, such as the location and size of the tattoo (some areas of the body will metabolise much faster), the colour/s of the tattoo, whether the tattoo was administered professionally, the quality of ink used, the complexion of the client and the depth of the ink within the skin. Each of these factors may cause a variance in terms of a number of treatments needed in order to get rid of your tattoo. Due to the complexity of the treatment process, it is important to undergo this process with an accredited clinic with highly trained professionals.
Which Laser is Best For Tattoo Removal?
Laser technology has significantly developed over recent years for aesthetic treatments, and this is very much the same case for the laser tattoo removal. There are a number of medical lasers that may be used for tattoo removal treatments, each with their own specific functions. The most highly effective of these lasers is the Medlite C6, mainly due to its high power yet gentle pulses. The MedLite C6 laser produces consistent and reliable results with fewer complications when compared to other lasers. The main feature of the MedLite C6 is the short pulses of power, lasting twenty nanoseconds each. This minuscule duration allows for a photomechanical effect to take place on the skin, shattering those ink particles and prompting an effective and safe tattoo removal process. The laser light also allows for selective photothermolysis to take place, which is the process of attracting specific wavelengths in order to successfully remove multicolour tattoos. As the MedLite C6 technology comprises of four different wavelengths, each tattoo removal treatment can be completely customised to suit each individual and their specific needs.
Why is Medlite C6 the best for tattoos?
The MedLite C6 is considered to be one of the best lasers on the market due to its high effectiveness rate. The more effectively ink particles are reduced, the faster the tattoo can be removed entirely. For this reason, it will typically provide faster and more consistent results, often involving fewer treatments than other lasers, in turn assisting clients to save time and money. In most cases, the MedLite C6 laser is capable of fading 95% of any given tattoo with minimal to no scarring occurring post-treatment. These features, alongside many others, make the MedLite C6 the most versatile and well-rounded laser for multicolour tattoo removal treatments.
How To Get Rid of Your Tattoos
In order to successfully remove your tattoo, it is recommended to undertake 5-10 sessions to achieve an 80% reduction of the ink you are aiming to remove. Of course, by removing your tattoos this is dependent on both the individual and the range of factors mentioned earlier. Each of those reasons will be individually assessed during your initial consultation to create the most effective treatment plan for you and your needs. This consultation will also discuss the recommended number of treatments for your tattoo, as well as an estimated cost for the duration of the process.
It is important to note that there are over one hundred different substances used in tattoo inks on a global nation, and it may difficult to achieve a high success rate depending on the materials used. Cover up tattoos generally take longer to remove due to the added layers of ink within the skin. If your tattoo is multi-coloured, you may require more treatments. Standard blue or black tattoos generally require fewer treatments when compared to brighter colours such as blues and greens which are generally more resistant to treatment. Amateur tattoos require fewer treatment sessions than professional tattoos as the ink is unlikely to be of a high-quality standard.
Pre Removal Treatment
Before the laser tattoo removal treatment takes place, a numbing cream may be applied depending on the size of the tattoo and the pain tolerance of the individual, through a cooling Cryotherapy machine will be utilized to minimise any discomfort by keeping the area cool. The MedLite C6 laser administers the pulses of energy very quickly, ensuring your treatment is over and done with as quickly as possible. Should you wish to utilize a numbing method, the cream should remain on your skin for at least 10-15 minutes before your treatment to allow for the best result. Depending on the size of the tattoo being treated, laser tattoo removal sessions can take anywhere between 5 and 45 minutes from start to finish.
Following your treatment, Vaseline or a similar occlusive topical ointment will be applied to the tattoo by your technician in order to protect the area from any external irritants. You should continue to apply this treatment each day for up to a week following your treatment. Although laser tattoo removal is considered to be non-invasive, it is common for mild inflammation, pinpoint bleeding, skin discolouration, blisters or scabbing to occur due to the nature of the treatment. There is no reason to be alarmed by blisters. Blisters generally appear 8-10 hours following your session and are completely normal and part of the healing process. Blisters are a positive indication that your immune system is beginning to remove the ink within your skin and starting the healing process. If you are experiencing any other signs of discomfort or pain following your laser tattoo removal procedure, it is recommended to immediately contact the clinic who provided your treatment or, where possible, contact your doctor.
Post Laser Treatment
Flaking of the skin may also begin to occur within a week or so, with the potential of scabs forming over the affected area. It is important to keep the affected area as clean as possible and avoid bursting any blisters or removing any scabbing. You may apply a covered ice pack to the area if the heat of the treatment is causing discomfort. You may notice the further removal of ink as scabbing lifts, and the underlying skin may be red in colour. Lightening and darkening of the affected area and surrounding skin may occur, depending on the size of the tattoo and the individuals themselves as some skin may be more sensitive than others. It is important to avoid exposing the affected area to the sun until the area is fully healed to prevent any further skin damage from occurring. Do not apply makeup or other creams, serums or balms that may irritate the affected area. Scented lotions may also irritate the healing skin and it is best to avoid using them.
You are able to take a shower two hours after your laser tattoo removal appointment. However, we highly recommend that you do not allow any high pressured water to touch the newly treated skin. We also recommend that you do not swim, soak in a bath or spa until any scabs and blisters are fully healed. In some cases, water may contain a high level of bacteria that could cause infection and scarring.
Is it safe?
As each tattoo is individual and has its own distinct features, it is not possible to guarantee that scarring will not occur. In most cases, when performed by licensed professionals who are experienced in the field, laser tattoo removal is entirely safe and will not cause any damage to the skin. Raised scarring may occur in some individuals, though it is unlikely and dependent on the skin type of the client being treated. Changes in pigmentation may also occur, potentially causing some whiteness within the area that has been treated. The infection will highly increase the risk of scarring, furthermore highlighting the importance of proper aftercare and hygiene measures. Your tattoo will begin to fade over four to six weeks. The extent of the fading will be easier to see after a few weeks and is best noted when comparing your tattoo with pre-treatment photographs.
How many session will I need?
We recommend waiting 6-8 weeks between each laser tattoo removal session. Depending on the tattoo, it is sometimes possible to fade or remove the tattoo with fewer treatments if you are willing to wait 8-12 weeks between treatments, ensuring your body has enough opportunity to clear the fragments of ink from your previous session. It is best to view your laser tattoo removal process as an eventual project that can be worked on from time to time over the next year or so.
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It is important to remember that there are safe, effective methods available to remove your tattoo/s, including multi-coloured pieces. There are a number of factors which may impact the treatment process and duration, such as the density of the tattoo, the age of the tattoo, the colours of the tattoo and the area you would like to be treated. We recommend the use of the MedLite C6 laser due to its high effectiveness rate and gentle pulses.
Whilst laser tattoo removal is considered to be quite non-invasive, mild discomfort is to be expected due to the nature of the treatment. It is vital to follow correct aftercare procedures to allow your skin to heal with the best results possible. It is important to wait the recommended time of at least 6-8 weeks between laser sessions to gain the best outcome possible, keeping in mind that laser tattoo removal is a lengthy process.
Please feel free to get in touch with any further questions or queries you may have and we would love to assist you. At Ozmedica we provide affordable, safe and professional tattoo removal right here in Melbourne and our highly trained professional clinicians ensure the process is efficient and effective.
Our professional clinicians will conduct an initial consultation with you to assess the size, colour/s and density of the tattoo. A treatment plan will be tailored specifically to you providing you with information on the length and number of treatments required.
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