Frequently Asked Questions about Tattoo Laser Removal

June 22, 2022

People acquire tattoos for a whole range of reasons and meanings. Some patients get tattoos to express their artistic individualism, others often relish showcasing specific representations or reminders of personal experiences. However, over time, many people experience a change of heart after the adrenaline, endorphins, and meaning wear off or is simply no longer prevalent in their life. And that once beloved tattoo is perceived as a mistake, the desire to remove unwanted ink sets in through laser tattoo removal.

So, if you are one of our many patients who have had a ‘change of heart’, here are some of the frequently asked questions that may help you commence your tattoo laser removal journey.

1. Will Laser Tattoo Removal hurt?

During the initial stage of considering tattoo removal, the question ‘does it hurt’

most certainly always arises for most patients. While most would agree, laser treatment for tattoo removal does, unfortunately, involve some level of pain. However, with our state-of-the-art Picowave Laser Tattoo removal machine, patients often comment on the minimal pain experienced. In fact, most patients comment that the tattoo laser removal treatment hurts significantly less than having a tattoo applied.

ReNude Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic Gold Coast applies high-level numbing cream half an hour prior to treatment to ease discomfort.

Skin Numbing for patients

Generally, numbing options can include lidocaine injections, ice packs, and topical creams. In most cases, topical numbing creams are applied half an hour prior to treatment for pain management.

2. Will I Experience Any Side Effects?

Seeking the services of a reputable Gold Coast tattoo removal clinic, such as ReNude Laser Tattoo Removal will certainly set you up for a smooth and effective experience with the latest technology, the highest level of patient care, and after care instructions. However, with laser tattoo removal, some side effects are inevitable and all parts of our immune systems respond as the body works to eliminate the ink.

Consulting with a practitioner that will perform your laser tattoo removal and provide a full discusser on what to expect after the procedure is essential. Ensuring a proper explanation of possible side effects is so important as it will prepare you and educate you on how you will heal. Suggestions for sufficient aftercare methods for you to follow are also very important. This will speed up the process for your next treatment and support you with respect to taking care of the treated area.

Common Side Effects

The following side effects can be experienced temporarily:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Blistering
  • Bruising
  • Scabs

3. Will I Scar?

Of course, scarring following laser tattoo removal is a concern for many. Patients want to remove their tattoos successfully without any detrimental effects. However, if your tattoo already has scarring prior to laser tattoo removal, then it is expected that the scar will remain.

Additionally, risks of scarring can also be attributed to the negligence of following aftercare instructions. Whilst the appearance of blisters and scabs are common side effects, irritation caused by picking may lead to scarring of the treated area.

The positive news is, other treatments for scar revisions can be attained following the tattoo removal journey to assist with the disappearance of your scar.

Providing your tattoo removal clinic with your full medical history is advised. If you have a history of keloids or any other medical concerns that make you prone to easy scarring, this should be discussed in your consultation.

4. What is the duration for removing a tattoo?

A tattoo removal journey varies for every person. Most patients will need between six to twelve sessions. Including the recommended six weeks in between sessions (eight for darker complexions), then realistically speaking, you are looking at over a year before your tattoo is completely removed.

Due to the possibility of skin damage, treatment sessions should not take place within an earlier time frame.

The Kirby-Desai Scale

A variety of factors such as tattoo location, ink amount, skin type, ink colour, scar tissue, and layering are evaluated by your technician according to the Kirby- Desai Scale. This predictive scale estimates how many laser tattoo removal sessions you will require.

5. How much will my laser treatment for tattoo removal cost me?

Each clinic has different prices for tattoo laser removal but generally, you can expect to pay anywhere between $80-$220 per session. ReNude Laser Tattoo Removal Gold Coast offers packages that are designed to save you in the long run and ensure the successful removal of your tattoo with the state-of-the-art Picowave Laser machine.

6. Is it possible to remove part of a tattoo instead of removing it completely?

Partial tattoo removal is a common request for many patients. Tweaking or modifying an existing tattoo is a priority for many people who walk through our doors. Adding some flair or a new twist to a design can a lot of the time require partial tattoo removal first. It is something our technicians are highly experienced with.

7. How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Rapid wavelengths of laser light are directed to the skin via the Picowave Laser Removal machine to break down the tattoo ink. The light energy works to shatter the ink into tiny fragments. Each laser session breaks down more and more ink particles until there is no visibility of the tattoo.

Laser Tattoo Removal explanation

Before you undergo tattoo laser removal, ensure you understand the following:

  • The laser tattoo removal process
  • The realistic time it takes time for the ink to be removed completely
  • The role of the body’s immune system and the importance of proper aftercare
  • Every patient journey is customised based on the uniqueness of the tattoo

Book a tattoo removal Consultation with ReNude Laser Tattoo Removal Gold Coast

Our advanced laser equipment and highly skilled technicians will walk you through the process so your experience is efficient and effective.

Schedule your appointment today via the Contact Us page.

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