Laser Tattoo Removal Gladstone

The procedure, and how it works

To remove or lighten a tattoo multiple sessions will be required over a period of time. Laser tattoo removal is a non-surgical method of removing unwanted ink. It works by pulsing high intensity laser light beam at the tattoo. To understand the process of tattoo removal you first need to understand how a tattoo works and what a tattoo is made of.

Tattoos are made of liquids that contain suspended solids which define the colour. The solids are usually made of heavy metals to give the following colours.

  • Professional Black Ink - The main constituent in black ink is Carbon (Soot) and Iron (rust)
    • Homemade black Ink can be made of pen ink, blood, rust and soot generally.
  • Professional White Ink - The ingredients that give white ink typically are lead, zinc, titanium and barium
  • Professional Red Ink - The ingredients that give red are typically mercury, cadmium, ferrocyanide and iron
  • Other colours can be made of any of the following ingredients, copper, chromium, cobalt, nickel, aluminum, arsenic, beryllium, lithium, sulphur and others.
Ever wondered why a tattoo fades and blurs over time?

To make the colours the metals are ground down into a fine paste, the particles range in size from 0.03 microns up to 10 microns. The second the ink is injected, the immune system of the body is trying to remove the ink as it is seen as a foreign body similar to a splinter or an infection.

The T Cell (Lymphocyte) is about 7 microns in size and is responsible for removing foreign bodies and infection. The way it removes infection is to wrap itself around the particle isolating it and carries it to the liver where it is disposed of. Some of the ink particles are tiny and those are completely removed within a few weeks, some take months, some take years, other particles are a bit too big and the T cell partially wraps itself around and drags the ink particle so far till it gets stuck (The tattoo has blurred). The largest ink particles are too large for the T cell to affect and these are the particles that remain (The permanent part of the tattoo).

Laser Tattoo Removal Gladstone

Laser Tattoo Removal

The laser light is filtered to only affect the ink pigment (The same as UV Glasses are designed to reflect UV light). The particles that have been partially dragged or are too large for the T cell to remove (The remaining tattoo) need to be broken or ‘Shattered’ into smaller parts that the T cells can deal with. When the laser hits the ink it shatters the ink into small particles allowing your body to dispose of these through your own lymphatic system.

The laser shatters the ink, and your body does the fading.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Laser Removal hurt?

It is uncomfortable, the feeling has been said to feel like being snapped by an elastic band over and over again, but there are options available to you which help. We can, upon request, provide a numbing cream that can be applied 1 hour prior to the treatment.

How long does a treatment take?

Depending on how big the tattoo is and what you are planning to do with the treated tattoo, a full removal can take anywhere between 5-14 treatments for a tattoo that is small enough to be completely treated in one session.

  • The maximum size that can be treated is around 140cm² (Totally filled tattoo with no bare skin in between)

If you are treating the tattoo so it can be covered up with a new tattoo anywhere between 3-7 treatments per maximum treatment size, or until you get to a faded level which you and your tattoo artist are happy to work with.

How long do I have to wait between treatments?

The minimum amount of time between treatments is 4 weeks, but 6 weeks is preferable.

What does it cost?

Our treatments start at $59 per session, for larger tattoos we base the price on the size and complexity.

What are the risks?

With any laser treatment there is always a small risk or scaring, although every care is taken to avoid this is no guarantees can be given.

How many treatments will I need?

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions, and there is no simple answer that covers all people.

There are a number of factors that influence the number of treatments needed such as:

  • Quality of ink used
  • Depth of ink placed in the skin
  • Type of ink used
  • Location on the body – the further away from the heart the longer the process takes
  • Age of the tattoo
  • Colours used
  • Size of the tattoo
  • Your general health and lifestyle
  • If it is a professional or amateur tattoo

Am I suitable for laser tattoo removal?

It may not be a suitable treatment for you if you have any of the following :

  • Hyper or hypopigmentation
  • Tanned skin (It is recommended to avoid sun exposure for 4 weeks before treatment and do not use false tan)
  • Prone to Keloid scarring
  • Using light sensitizing drugs
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you suffer from Epilepsy or Lupus or other serious condition