LRC specialise in removal of traditional tattoos.Laser tattoo removal is the only clinically-proven method of removing a tattoo without causing scarring. For more than a decade, Q-switched lasers, have been designed to create ultra-short pulses of light energy that shatter ink in a tattoo.
The production of ultra-short (nanosecond) pulses of the precise wavelengths of light energy best designed to shatter tattoo using a superior Q-switched laser.
1. How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
In general, it costs about ten times as much to get a tattoo removed as it costs to have it applied. Once the tattoo is gone, it’s gone forever. If you don’t like your tattoo, it’s a worthwhile expense.
Add prices here? Price List – Tattoos
2. How long will it take to remove my tattoo?
The duration of the tattoo removal process is a concern for virtually all clients.
Some clients may wish to remove a visible tattoo before an important event – such as their wedding or enlisting in the army. Clients need to be aware that laser removal is a process that relies on the body’s ability to eliminate ink from the skin.
It’s not unusual for the body to take over a year to completely eliminate ink.
To allow the skin enough time to heal between treatments and the body’s immune system to flush away ink, we recommend a minimum of six weeks between laser sessions – and eight weeks for darker complexions. Booking treatments too close together can cause damage and permanent side effects to the skin and doesn’t allow the body enough time to remove the ink that was shattered at the most recent session.
Most clients will need between 5 and 8 treatments, some will see complete removal in 3 or 4, and others may need 10 or more treatments if there is significant scarring or layered tattoos.
The speed of removal will depend on the client and type of tattoo.
LRC uses the Kirby-Desai scale which is a popular and well-regarded tool for analyzing the number of treatments a tattoo will need for removal. The scale accounts for the following factors that affect the rate of removal:
- Fitzpatrick skin type
- Tattoo layering (if the tattoo is a cover-up)
- Location on the body
- Ink colors
- Amount of ink (vividness of tattoo, if it was professionally applied)
- Pre-existing scarring
3. Does tattoo removal hurt?
Laser tattoo removal typically does involve some level of pain. That said, many clients say that it hurts less than they expected.
It’s a common belief that tattoo removal is excruciating, yet most clients say that the sensation of removal is comparable to having a tattoo applied. Common descriptions include the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin, basically it’s uncomfortable but bearable. It hurts, but it’s bearable.
Pain relief will be discussed at consultation
4. Will it leave a scar?
Many clients are concerned about scarring from laser tattoo removal – they understandably want their skin to look as natural as possible after they’ve completed the tattoo removal process.
Please note: If the tattoo already features scarring, expect that to remain.
What many people don’t know is that any scarring that remains after a tattoo removal procedure is often left over from when the tattoo was originally applied by the tattoo artist.
When the proper laser protocols and patient aftercare are utilized, it’s very uncommon for a patient to scar from a Q-switched laser treatment. However, it is very common for a tattoo to feature pre-existing scarring from when it was applied.
When a Q-switched laser treats the skin, it targets and breaks down the tattoo pigment in the skin. If pre-existing scarring is present, it will break down this pigment within the scar tissue. Once the tattoo removal process is complete, the ink will have been eliminated from the location but any of the scarring from the original tattoo will likely still remain.
During the initial consultation our tattoo, will be reviewed to see if pre-existing scarring is present and discussed.
Another risk for scarring, even if the treatment is performed properly, happens when clients fail to follow aftercare instructions. Blisters and scabs are common side effects that are important in the tattoo removal healing process. However, picking scabs or not caring properly for blisters can allow scarring to happen. When discussing aftercare with your clients, make sure to emphasize their role in the outcome of their tattoo removal.
There are also some clients that may have a history of keloids and may be predisposed to scarring.
Scarring from tattoo removal is highly unusual.
5. Can you help me revise this tattoo?
Every tattoo removal clinician will encounter clients that don’t want their tattoos removed completely, but rather revised. Yes, LRC can provide support to clients looking for tattoo revision.
Clients that want tattoo artwork revised fit into two categories:
- Selective removal
- Fading prior to a cover-up
Selective removal clients are looking to erase a part out of a larger tattoo piece. This is a common request for clients with name tattoos. For example, they like the overall design of their tattoo but dislike that it features an ex-boyfriend’s name. Clients also request selective removal if their tattoo artist botched the artwork in an area or the tattoo extended further than they wished – they just want certain parts of the tattoo “cleaned up.”
Cover-up clients only want their tattoo faded down to make it easier for their tattoo artist to design a tattoo to be drawn in its place. Tattoo fading needs fewer sessions than complete removal. Often 2 to 3 laser sessions are adequate to fade the tattoo significantly and allow the tattoo artist to have a better canvas to work on.
6. How does laser tattoo removal work?
Honestly, this is one of the least common asked questions LRC gets asked. Most clients are concerned about the results – not how the laser achieves them.
“Each pulse of the laser sends light energy into your skin. We use different wavelengths of laser light to treat different colours of ink in your tattoo. As the light energy is directed into your skin, it is selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink particles trapped in the dermis of your skin. When the ink particles absorb this energy, they instantly shatter into tiny fragments. Once the laser has broken the ink into smaller pieces, your body’s immune system works to remove the ink over the following weeks, flushing it away from the tattooed area. We see the result of this as the tattoo lightening in appearance. Each additional laser treatment breaks down more and more ink until the tattoo can no longer be seen.”