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Tattoo Removal
Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal

In the past, removing a tattoo often meant trading it for a significant scar. Today, with the rapid advances in laser tattoo removal technology, getting a tattoo removed is now safer, faster and much more effective than ever.

We have been removing tattoos with laser technologies for over 15 years, so leave the inexperienced hipsters to their cold-brewed coffee, and give us your tattoos for safe, effective removal. We even do difficult cases – any skin tone, any tattoo ink or colour. We’ve got you covered.

Our very own Tattoo Removal Program – fewer treatments with a better laser

We’ve developed our very own tattoo-removal program so you can get the best out of your laser tattoo removal treatments. We have the most advanced laser for tattoo removal in Melbourne, the PiQ04, that can tackle any colour on any skin tone in fewer treatments – and less pain – than usual.

Contact us to make an appointment if you are considering laser tattoo removal in Melbourne.

Tattoos and why we are unloving them

Tattoos have had their time in the sun over the past few decades, with many of us deciding to take the plunge and get inked for all sorts of reasons. That hasn’t always worked out as well as we might like. Undoing a tattoo, however, is now easier, more comfortable and cheaper than ever.

Why does regular laser tattoo removal hurt, and why is the PiQ04 picosecond laser less painful?

Laser tattoo removal hurts because the laser uses very narrowly directed heat in a pulse, which hits skin cells. This heat causes inflammation and pain.

The picosecond laser is so named because instead of a nanosecond-long pulse of laser beam, it has just a short, hard picosecond pulse. This pulse heats the tattoo ink in picoseconds with a stronger pulse of laser light than conventional nanosecond lasers, breaking it up into smaller particles. The speed and energy mean less heating of the skin cells, thus less pain and inflammation, but at the same time, the smaller particles mean the tattoo is gone faster.

The PiQ04 laser is faster and better than other lasers for tattoo removal.

Laser tattoo removal procedure

The procedure of tattoo removal is reasonably simple. Each ink colour has a frequency that it ‘matches’, so we set the tattoo removal laser to whichever frequency we are working to remove, then apply the laser to the skin that contains those colours.

The laser won’t affect any other colours, which is why lasers are really useful – they do not work on skin they are not supposed to. We can zero in on the ink we’re aiming for.

The laser beam breaks up the ink into tiny particles, which over the coming weeks is reabsorbed by your body and expelled via your normal body systems without incident. This process is how a tattoo disappears without scarring. Pretty cool, huh!

Now you can see why it’s important to have a trained tattoo removalist with a magnificent laser do all your tattoo removals. (Like us at ENRICH Clinic.)

How long does laser tattoo removal take?

The size of the tattoo, how many colours, and what area of the body the tattoo is on will all determine the time it takes to remove the tattoo. You can always expect (generally) more than one treatment, since if there is more than one colour or the treatment area is large, you have to allow the body time to repair itself between sessions, and the ink to disperse.

Our new laser (yes, we love it!) has taken treatment times from eight or 10 treatments, down to as little as five. This is an incredible advancement if you consider what most laser clinics are charging for their multitudinous, slow treatments, with partially effective lasers.

Some laser tattoo removal clinics in Melbourne are even using IPL machines, which have a very broad laser beam and are not suitable for tattoo removal, despite the manufacturers claiming otherwise.

No tattoo removalist can promise full tattoo clearance, but we will sure try. Sometimes dense tattoos can be more difficult to remove in their entirety. Nobody can remove white tattoo ink with a laser, because lasers do not understand white. (Incidentally, this is why fair-haired fair-skinned people have trouble getting laser hair removal – the hair is too light compared to the skin tone for the laser to detect.)

Healing time between sessions could be up to 12 weeks, especially if you heal slowly.

What is a Q-switched laser?

A Q-switched laser has the ability to pulse, which creates – for tattoo removal at least – a better result. Q-switched lasers like the PiQ04 cost a lot more than other lasers – more like $150,000 compared to $12,000 for the inappropriate IPL machines commonly used. Quality tattoo removal equipment costs real money, so find a removalist – like ENRICH – who prides themselves on having the best gear for the job.

What about colours?

We usually work on black first until it’s about 50 per cent gone, and then other colours will be approached. Each colour is treated separately, because all colours have their own light frequencies they respond to. If this strategy isn’t adhered to, the skin will burn.

If you have a lot of colours, your treatments could be fortnightly, but you’ll need to speak to your dermatologist for more information on your specific tattoo.

What happens after a tattoo removal treatment?

After your treatments, the skin will scab over with some redness and swelling. The after-effect goes down as it normally would with any other wound of the same nature, over the period of a week or two.

Most tattoos are totally gone after your treatments commence. In some cases, there may be leftover ink, and from time to time, textural changes could be present on the skin. Scarring depends on the quality of your tattoo removalist – if you get burnt, you could have scarring, so choose your tattoo removalist carefully.

All tattoo removal specialists at ENRICH are very experienced and understand the process intimately, so rest assured you will not be burnt by us.

Tattoo ink quality and how they break down

Some inks will respond differently to others because they are often made differently. It could take a longer time for the inks to be broken apart.

What about cosmetic tattoos? (Eyeliner, lip liner, etc.)

Cosmetic tattoo ink is not the same as the ink you would get on your body, and it responds differently to lasers. Any cosmetic tattoos should be avoided when getting regular ink tattoos removed because they can discolour.

If you have cosmetic tattoos you want to be removed, talk to your dermatologist for help – it’s not as easy as a regular tattoo and results can be mixed. But, we can do a test patch and see how your particular ink will work, and possibly do a fix-up job on mistakes where we can.

Questions to ask your tattoo removalist before you commit:

  • How many years have you been removing tattoos? (You want the answer to be ‘more than five’.)
  • How many tattoos have you removed? ( ‘Hundreds’ is the best answer.)
  • Do you have insurance? (‘Yes’ is the only acceptable answer.)
  • Do you have examples of your work? (You want to see many examples, not just one, and the examples should be to your satisfaction.)
  • What sort of laser do you use, and how does it compare to the 4-wave picosecond laser, PiQ04? (The answer should be comprehensive and make sense to you – if they seem like they don’t know what a picosecond laser is or are using an IPL machine, move on.)
  • Is your laser a Q-switched laser? (The answer should be ‘yes’ – tattoos are best and most comfortably removed with a Q-switched laser that pulses.)

Contact us to make an appointment if you are considering laser tattoo removal and let us impress you!

*Results may vary from person to person

How we undo a tattoo with laser tattoo removal?

There are a lot of tattoo removal studios cropping up in Melbourne. It is now easy for lasers to be purchased and operated since officially there are no qualifications necessary. Don’t let that fool you into thinking you don’t need skill; you need a lot of skill to accurately, quickly, and effectively remove a tattoo.

High-powered lasers are not all built the same, which is why we bought the PiQ04 – just one of a few in Australia – for laser tattoo removal. Now, our clinic can offer the fastest (sometimes by up to half), most accurate and comprehensive tattoo removal in town.

The pain of laser tattoo removal – does it hurt?

In short, yes, but our laser cuts down not only treatment times by up to half, but pain too. The laser operates by sending out a beam of energy in a specific frequency. The PiQ04 tattoo removal laser has four such frequencies, which allows it to get all tattoo ink colours.

No other laser in Melbourne has these four frequencies for tattoo removal, therefore if you have colourful tattoos or darker skin, our laser is going to get rid of your tattoo, instead of only half getting rid of your tattoo. Some lasers only do red and black inks, leaving other ink still in the skin.

Laser tattoo removal feels like a rubber band being flicked against the skin, so yes, it is a bit uncomfortable. We have anaesthetic cream or a local anaesthetic injection if it is too uncomfortable. We each have different pain thresholds, and we will work with you to make the treatments as comfortable as possible. Most people find the discomfort tolerable.

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