Starting laser tattoo removal is an exciting time for our patients. If you’ve outgrown an old tattoo or need to make room for a new one, laser tattoo removal is by far the best option. It’s a reliable, trusted method that most often achieves 100% tattoo removal.
But what exactly happens during the laser tattoo removal process? How does it work? What should you expect? Read on to find out.
You’re In The Loop
We understand that receiving laser is intimidating for some patients. Our practitioners communicate with our patients throughout the entire process. Every step of the way, you’ll know what is happening and why.
Pain Is Managed
Yes, you will be provided with pain management (cue: sigh of relief). In fact, at Lazco Tattoo Removal, we provide pain relief free of charge. We also administer skin cooling technology to reduce discomfort. We use the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling system. This machine is designed to cool the skin before, during and after the treatment to minimise pain. It also reduces the risk of thermal injury, making it a superior piece of equipment to keep our patients comfortable.
The Tattoo Laser Produces Pulses Of Light Energy
During the laser session, the practitioner will guide the laser over the unwanted tattoo. While a traditional laser pointer produces a continuous beam of light, tattoo removal lasers emit pulses of light energy.
With each pulse of light, the energy is absorbed by the tattoo ink. This causes the ink particles to heat up and shatter into tiny fragments.
Q-switched lasers are highly effective for successful tattoo removal. The pulses of energy generally last a few nanoseconds. This makes it a brilliant technology, as the ink particles of tattoos are extremely small. Therefore, they need to be heated only for a very brief period of time to heat up and explode. This ensures skin cells remain undamaged; they would need to be exposed to heat for a much longer period of time to be effected.
At Lazco, we are incredibly proud to be one of the first clinics in Australia to operate using the revolutionary Quanta Q-Plus Evo Q-Switch lasers. This advanced technology is applied to darker pigmented tattoos, as well as removing and fading the challenging blue and green pigments.
Laser Tattoo Removal Successfully Targets Darker Pigments
Ironically, black pigments remove faster than their lighter counterparts. Of all colours, tattoo lasers target dark pigments very well. Lighter colours can take longer to remove. However, the practitioner will adjust the wavelength of the laser depending on what colour is being treated to yield the best result.
Ink Is Removed From The Body As Waste
Multiple sessions are usually required for effective laser tattoo removal (this will have been assessed during your initial consultation). The treatments are completed about 6 weeks apart. For darker tattoos the process may take longer but we tailor our treatment to meet your end goal.
Following repeat treatments, your tattoo will slowly fade as your body’s lymphatic system works to filter the shattered ink particles out of your body. The majority of ink particles are eliminated by the liver through defecation. It is also possible for some ink particles to be released through sweat and urine.
With each laser treatment, more and more of the tattoo breaks down, until there is no ink left.
Finally deciding to remove an unwanted tattoo is an exciting time. We understand how important it is for our patients to know how laser tattoo removal works and how the sessions run. If you’re looking for a trustworthy, reliable and professional tattoo removal service, contact our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics for an obligation free consultation and quote. In the meantime, check out our Lazco success stories.