Tattoo trends in Australia have been on the increase since the 90's, therefore the rise in laser tattoo removal is not surprising.
The rate of growth in tattoos is mainly due to the number of younger Australians getting a tattoo; 36% of 18-25 year olds and 40% of 26-40 year olds have at least one. Interestingly, the gender balance is becoming more even, with women just as likely to get a tattoo as men.
This article looks into the reasons behind and options for tattoo removal, including laser tattoo removal.
Reasons for removing a tattoo
Whether done on impulse, or a carefully planned statement, a tattoo may lose its appeal for many reasons:
- Regret over getting the tattoo in the first place
- Relationship breakdown or divorce
- Changing job
- Out-dated design or poor quality
- Spelling errors
Before & After
Alternative treatments to laser tattoo removal
Skin grafts - where the tattoo is cut out and the skin sewn back together, or replaced with un-tattooed skin from elsewhere on the body if required. A very effective technique, but does leave a significant scar and very expensive with a plastic surgeon.
Dermabrasion - where the skin is essentially 'sanded' away. This is completely ineffective as the quartz or diamond particles do not go pass the epidermal layer. The tattoo ink is injected into the dermal layer. If the practitioner tries to sand off the dermal layer the pain would be unbearable and extreme scaring would occur with the high likelihood the ink will still remain.
Chemical extraction or acid injection (Rejuvi, Tatt2Away and Skinial) involves injecting a liquid (usually an acid) in a similar way to the tattoo ink. The theory is the acid releases the pigment trapped in the dermis and causes an inflammatory response, but the pigment is eradicated through the skin in the scab that forms over the injection site. The reality is severe scarring and majority of the ink is left.
Chemical tattoo creams that are applied to the skin daily for several months, are ineffective and contain toxic ingredients that can't penetrate the skin deeply enough to reach the pigment.
With modern technology, we have seen a rise in the trend for lasers
The PicoWay laser is a new generation laser that acts in the same way as traditional lasers, but with much shorter energy pulse (measured in picoseconds, a trillionth of a second). The PicoWay is 4.5 times more powerful in shattering the pigment, and creates smaller fragments that are easier for the body to absorb and remove. The PicoWay laser is safer and less painful than traditional Q-switch lasers. The increase in efficiency in pigment removal means that the great results are achieved with fewer treatments, and the treatments can be closer together, reducing the overall time and total cost required to achieve the desired results. The PicoWay laser has replaced the PicoSure as the most effective tattoo removal device on the market.
If you are looking to have your tattoo removed or faded in the shortest time possible, with the least amount of pain and downtime, you can book a free consultation with one of our friendly and experienced team.