As tattoo removal in Melbourne is increasingly becoming more popular, Hairport1 has introduced laser tattoo removal as a specialised service. We understand that tattoo removal can be a daunting and frightening process, so it is important to sit down and do a little research into how it all works. Just for your information, here is a little background into the science behind how tattoo removal works.
Tattoos are created by injecting ink into the skin which is suspended in the dermis layer. Laser tattoo removal involves the process of sending laser energy into the dermis, breaking up the tattoo pigment into tiny pieces. These fragmented particles are then eliminated through the epidermis and are released via the vascular or lymphatic systems. After each treatment the tattoo fades until eventually it has been completely eliminated.
How many laser tattoo removal treatments do I need?
The number of laser tattoo removal treatments necessary and the rate at which the tattoo is reduced is determined by a number of factors; the colour of the ink, how long the tattoo has been on the skin and how deep into the dermis the tattoo has been placed.
Only the top layer of pigment can be treated at a time, therefore treatments can be done once every four to eight weeks. Professional tattoos which often contain multiple layers may require 10 or more treatments to be completely removed, or until the desired amount of reduction has occurred. Self-applied tattoos tend to fade quicker as they are not projected as deep into the skin.
What can I expect after the treatment?
After the treatment the area can swell, blister and develop redness. This is all extremely normal as the skin begins to heal itself. After care on the laser treated areas is extremely important for the skin to heal and therefore be ready for the next treatment. It is important to keep the area moist and protected from the sun. Side effects of laser tattoo removal are rare but can include hypo/hyper pigmentation lightening or darkening of the skin. For any more information about tattoo removal, book a consultation with the Hairport1 team and we will be happy to address any questions you may have about the tattoo removal process.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
The rapid absorption of laser light energy delivered penetrates the skin and is absorbed by tattoo pigment. This causes the tattoo ink to be shattered into tiny pieces which are then removed by the body through its own natural lymphatic filtration system.
Will the treatment be painful?
Clients have described the process as similar to being flicked constantly with a rubber band, similar to that of an IPL treatment. A topical pain numbing gel can be applied beforehand to minimise discomfort.
How many treatments are necessary?
Treatment number varies on person to person, as it depends on skin type, tattoo colours, the amount of ink used and ink depth. As a guide, most professional tattoos will require at least six to twelve treatments.
Can all types of tattoos be treated?
Most tattoos are able to be faded if not completely removed. Black, blue and red tattoos tend to respond well. Aqua, green and yellow tattoos are generally more resistant and tend to fade rather than completely disappear.
How frequent are the treatments?
At least 6 weeks is required between each treatment in order to allow the body’s lymphatic system to remove the ink that has been treated by the laser.
Can the area be re-tattooed?
Yes, you can be re-tattooed following your course of treatments, whether you have had the tattoo completely removed or just faded out to re work on.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
Around 90% fading is considered a good result. The result depends upon the colour and type of ink used as well as the depth of penetration of the ink in the skin. Your therapist will discuss with you the likeliness of success during your initial consultation.
Reduction after just 1 treatment shown below