FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the average price for tattoo removal?
Getting a tattoo removed is much more expensive than having one put on. Laser tattoo removal is priced depending upon the size, color, type, location of the tattoo and the number of visits required. Medical insurance generally doesn’t pay for tattoo removal, since it is considered aesthetic or cosmetic in nature. There is WINZ options if your tattoo is visual (please talk to your local Winz office to see whether you are eligible for these). Prices start from $5O per treatment. It can sometimes be difficult to estimate the exact price for your laser treatment and that’s why we designed you a FREE consultation, so we can analyze the area and discuss the price with you.
Does having the laser tattoo removal hurt?
It can sting a little and feels like having an elastic band flicked against your skin. For sensitive areas, we can recommend a topical anaesthetic to minimize discomfort. Please contact us for details. In rare cases pigmentation changes can occur but these are most often only temporary and usually resolve within a few months of treatment. If you prefer we offer to do a test patch to ensure that you can see the results in a small area before going ahead with further treatment.
How does the laser work?
Q-Swich ND: YAG Laser is considered the gold standard for laser tattoo removal of tattoos. Q-Switch ND:YAG laser emits short bursts of energy toward ink in the skin with highly concentrated coloured light beams. These laser beams are selectively absorbed by ink and cause fragmentation of ink particles into tiny fragments which are then removed by the body over a three week period. This process of fragmenting the ink particles requires multiple sessions depending on the depth of the tattoo ink. To treating deeper ink, high energy is needed, which may cause blisters, mild to moderate discomfort for 10 minutes after the treatment.
Am I a candidate for laser tattoo removal?
If you are in good health (no serious health concerns), have realistic expectations and do not have hypo-/hyper- pigmentation, tanned or Keiloid scarring in your family or personal history, you may be a good candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal. Please remember, that your skin will never look as it did before you had the tattoo, even though the tattooed pigment has been removed!
How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?
On the average, professional tattoos require 8- 10 treatments or even more, while amateur tattoos require 6-8 treatments, all spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Rarely, even more than ten treatments may be needed.
Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
No. Dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges and purples usually respond well. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.
What can I expect after tattoo removal?
After the procedure the area may be red or swollen, as if mildly sunburned, for five days to several weeks. Usually there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of any ointment given to you by your physician. A shower can be taken but you must keep the skin clean and dry for 5-7 seven days and the treated area should not be scrubbed.
What’s the recovery like?
Recovery times depend on the extent of the treatment and the individual’s capacity to heal. Redness and sensitivity may continue for several weeks, and there may be discoloration and a change in skin texture in the area, which will gradually improve.
Most people are satisfied with the pigment removal achieved through laser treatment. It is important to remember, however, that your skin will never look as it did before you had the tattoo, even though the tattooed pigment has been removed.
Terms and Conditions
As a patient you have the right to be informed about your treatment so that you may make the decision whether to proceed for laser tattoo removal or decline after knowing the risks involved. This disclosure is to help to inform you prior to your consent for treatment about the risks, side effects and possible complications related to laser tattoo removal:
The following problems may occur with the tattoo removal system:
1. The possible risks of the procedure include but are not limited to pain, swelling, redness, bruising, blistering, crusting/scab formation, ingrown hairs, infection, and unforeseen complications which can last up to many months, years or permanently.
2. There is a risk of scarring.
3. Short term effects may include reddening, mild burning, temporary bruising or blistering. A brownish/ red darkening of the skin (known as hyperpigmention) or lightening of the skin (known as hypopigmentation) may occur. This usually resolves in weeks, but it can take up to 3-6 months to heal. Permanent colour change is a rare risk. Loss of freckles or pigmented lesions can occur.
4. Textual and/or colour changes in the skin can occur and can be permanent. Many of the cosmetic tattoos and body tattoos are made with iron oxide pigments. Iron oxide can turn red-brown or black. Titanium oxide and other pigments may also turn black. This black or dark colour may be un-removable. Because of the immediate whitening of the exposed treated area by the laser, there can be a temporary obscuring of ink, which can make it difficult or impossible to notice a specific colour change from the tattoo removal process.
5. Infection: Although infection following treatment is unusual, bacterial, fungal and viral infections can occur. Herpes simplex virus infections around the mouth can occur following a treatment. This applies to both individuals with a past history of herpes simplex virus infections and individuals with no known history of herpes simplex virus infections in the mouth area. Should any type of skin infection occur, additional treatments or medical antibiotics may be necessary.
6. Bleeding: Pinpoint bleeding is rare but can occur following treatment procedures. Should bleeding occur, additional treatment may be necessary.
7. Allergic Reactions: There have been reports of hypersensitivity to the various tattoo pigments during the tattoo removal process especially if the tattoo pigment contained Mercury, cobalt or chromium. Upon dissemination, the pigments can induce a severe allergic reaction that can occur with each successive treatment. Noted in some patients are superficial erosions, bruising, blistering, milia, redness and swelling which can last up to many months, years or permanently.
8. Compliance with the aftercare guidelines is crucial for healing, prevention of scarring, and hyper- pigmentation. Aftercare guidelines include avoiding the sun for 2 months after the procedure. If it is necessary to be in the sun, a sunscreen with SPF 25 or greater must be used.
9. I understand that multiple treatments will be necessary to achieve desired results. No guarantee, warranty or assurance has been made to me as to the results that may be obtained. Complete tattoo removal is not always possible as tattoos were meant to be permanent.
By proceeding further for consultation and or treatment you release Ink Off of all liabilities associated with the above indicated procedure.
We thankyou for understanding.