We have removed or faded hundreds of tattoos in Sydney and we've noticed that people come to see us for one of two reasons - they don't like the tattoo anymore and want it gone, or they love their tattoo but want a blank canvas for a new tattoo / want it faded to update the design. If you have been considering getting your tattoo removed or faded, you probably have a few questions.
This article provides answers to the most frequent-asked questions about laser tattoo removal. If you would rather speak to our friendly team to have your questions answered you can call us now on 02 9231 5999 or click on the button below to book your free consultation to have all of your questions answered.
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
Pain tolerance is different for different people and depends on how large an area you are having treated. In general, you can expect the laser treatment to take less time and be less painful than getting the tattoo. The pain can be described as similar to an elastic band flicking the skin. An anaesthetic cream to numb the area before treatment can be used if the pain is difficult to tolerate. The good news is with the PicoWay Laser system we use, the treatments are faster and heal quicker.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary depending on the size and complexity of the tattoo and a number of other factors. The average number of treatments needed to achieve total clearance with the PicoWay Laser is 4-6. If you are unhappy with the results after 6 treatments, additional treatments will be free of charge for black tattoos. The number of treatments needed for alternative lasers is usually between 5 and 15.
How much does it cost?
The cost of treatment is variable and depends on many factors, like skin type, location of tattoo, colour of pigment, amount of ink used and the presence of scarring or tissue damage. The number of treatments required also depends on the laser used. The PicoWay laser is more efficient at removing tattoos, so even though the cost per treatment may be higher than a traditional laser, usually only 4-6 PicoWay treatments are needed, compared to 5-15 treatments required with a traditional laser so the final cost is very similar with added benefit that PicoWay really works. Come in for a free consultation and we can provide you with a cost estimate.
How safe are lasers? Will they give me skin cancer?
Lasers are completely safe as long as they are used within the correct guidelines. Eye protection during treatment should be used to prevent damage to the eyes from the bright light emitted by the laser.
Skin cancer is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light which is very different to the light emitted by the PicoWay laser. In the 40 years that medical lasers have been in use, there have been no documented cases of skin cancer, or any other form of cancer, as a result of laser therapy.
Can I get a new tattoo in the same place I had one removed?
Yes. Once the skin has completely healed it is safe to tattoo over the same area. It's also possible to just get a part of the tattoo removed. The PicoWay laser has very precise control down to 2mm spot sizes (maximum 10mm), so it is possible to remove elements of the tattoo without affecting the rest.
Do you have more questions? Call us for more information on 02 9251 9966, or better yet, make an appointment for a free consultation. We can answer any other questions you might have and show you some of the amazing results we have seen using the PicoWay Laser system.