How frequently can I return for follow up treatment sessions?
Tattoo fading is a slow process and depends on participation by your body’s immune system to work. We recommend that you wait at least 4-5 weeks to get the greatest value from each laser treatment.
Does it hurt?
The discomfort of laser tattoo removal is often described as a “rubber band snapping the skin” but can vary from client to client. We do our utmost to minimize any pain or discomfort possible. We also use high-strength topical numbing cream as well has skin cooling with cryo-chiller device, both of which working together are highly effective.
If the tattoo looks healed can I come in before six weeks?
It takes four weeks for the body to start breaking down the ink and even though the tattoo may appear healed, it is not. The laser breaks the ink down into smaller pieces and then the body has to get rid of it. This process takes 4-6 weeks so getting treated sooner than that will not make the tattoo remove any quicker and can also put you at risk for scarring.
What are the limitations after treatment?
Limit the amount of physical activity that you do and sun exposure for the first 24 hours. If the body gets too over heated it can cause the tattoo to blister. Showers can be taken but only if they are luke warm and use mild soap.
Can I have just a portion of the tattoo removed?
Yes, the laser is accurate and can remove unwanted parts of a tattoo.
I have permanent make-up (lip liner, eyeliner, eyebrows). Can you remove it?
Yes, this is the most commonly performed laser tattoo removal treatment at Medaesthetics. There is a small risk associated with it. Some cosmetic inks have metallic bases and when the laser beam hits it, it can turn black. Once this darkening occurs, it can take several sessions to fix it. A test spot is always done first.
How much does it cost?
The price of the treatments depends on the size of tattoo you are having treated. We will have to take a look at the tattoo to see the exact size of it because we do not charge for open space. Most people tend to overestimate the size of their tattoo. For reference, a coin sized tattoo costs $150 per session.
Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?
Of course, depending on the colors of the tattoo we recommend have 3-5 treatment sessions done to lighten it before having a cover up tattoo put on. You should wait six weeks between your last treatment and when you put on the new one.
Will I blister and scab afterwards?
Blisters and scabs are normal. You should not pop or pick at them. If it is bothering you feel free to call us to come in and have it drained. If the blister pops on its own, keep the skin over it and cover with a healing ointment and gauze. This will promote healing and prevent scarring.
Does insurance cover it?
Unfortunately, health insurance does not cover this procedure.
I got my tattoo one week ago. Can I have it removed right now?
Unfortunately no. You must wait six weeks after a tattoo has been put on to start the removal process.
Are all tattoo removal lasers the same?
It is important to understand that not all tattoo removal lasers available today are the same. Only top of the range Class 4 (C4) Q-Switched Lasers from the US and European manufacturers are able to properly tackle the inks of professionally done tattoos. These high end laser platforms are extremely expensive (over $100,000) and in Western Australia, by law, can only be sold by the manufacturers to dermatological clinics operated by medical doctors. Non medical personnel can only operate certain low powered laser devices. Manufactured in China and Korea, these devices are not able to remove professionally done tattoos and often deliver suboptimal results and have a significantly higher risk of tissue scarring. It is imperative for anyone wanting to have a tattoo removed, to ask about the professional qualification of their service provider and what laser device is being used in house.
What is the aftercare like?
Aftercare of laser tattoo removal is very similar to the aftercare you had to follow after you had the tattoo! During laser treatment, your tattoo may turn white briefly. It then swells somewhat and may turn red, but this usually lasts only a few hours. It is important to keep that tattoo covered with ointment and a bandage for the first day. Usually, it feels like a mild sunburn and does not hurt unless rubbed against. Between your treatments, it is important to keep the tattoo covered from the sun to prevent hyperpigmentation (darkening). You will receive detailed instructions during your appointment.
Why you should avoid other tattoo removal methods?
There are other ways to remove tattoos but the results can be disappointing and carry a relatively high complication risk. Injections, creams, acid and other non-laser methods are, in our experience not just ineffective but potentially hazardous. If these low-cost alternatives worked, we would use them. You need to know all the facts before making a decision on tattoo removal.
-Acid, or chemical removal: These methods involve the use of a concentrated caustic compound to chemically burn skin tissue to the depth of the tattoo itself. This can obliterate the tattoo but only through the formation of scar-tissue, which may still contain pigment. Scarring is inevitable but removal is not! A number of science sounding acronyms such as Trans Epidermal Pigment Release (TEPR), have been used to mask what is, quite straight-forwardly chemical burning!
Medaesthetics® does not recommend such methods. Chemical injection burns and scarring are the main complication that we see and while we can usually improve on the mess that is left behind, we can never completely repair third-degree chemical burns in majority of cases.