Laser Tattoo Removal

Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser – the most flexible pigment laser available on the market today.

With today’s modern lasers, the process of tattoo removal has become almost completely non-invasive, much more effective and more comfortable. Laser is the most popular method of removing tattoos due to its effectiveness and ability to target specific ink colours. latest Q Switch laser which is widely considered the gold standard method to remove a tattoo. During treatment, the laser beam passes harmlessly through your skin, targeting only the tattoo ink. The ink is broken-down, absorbed and expelled by the body and the tattoo fades gradually over time.The laser procedure itself is straightforward, but there is extensive knowledge necessary to properly assess tattoos, determine treatment settings, and achieve optimal results. We make the process of fading, partial or complete tattoo removal as safe and as effective as possible with minimal discomfort.

If you are interested in replacing or covering up an existing tattoo with another tattoo, Diode will prepare your skin to obtain the best result. The cover-up will be much more successful when the existing tattoo is first faded out through the tattoo removal process. Fading the old tattoo will give your tattoo artist a better ‘canvas’ to work on and much more flexibility with the new design, as the old design won’t be showing through. The process of cover-up is the same as laser tattoo removal, with the exception that fewer treatments are required. Each client will have different needs depending on both the tattoo being faded and the new work that will be tattooed in its place. However in most cases, 2 to 3 treatments facilitate a successful cover up.

Partial tattoo removal is available if you wish to modify your tattoo. Sometimes you may not wish to remove an entire tattoo but only specific parts of your tattoo. There are numerous reasons why partial tattoo removal is a great option – it could be that your tattoo is too big, has a name you no longer want, has misspellings, is too busy or over inked with “blow out”.

Laser tattoo removal is both a science and an art and the skill of the technician plays a major role in the success of your treatment. It is essential for you to undergo an initial consultation where your skin type will be assessed, your tattoo will be evaluated and a specific treatment plan will be developed to ensure that the process is both successful and economical for you. Diode uses a customized approach to each client’s tattoo removal. Our goal is to remove your tattoo in as few treatments as possible whilst providing the most effective result.

How does high intensity light fade a tattoo?

The burst of energy from the treatment device (Laser or Intense Pulsed Light) shatters tattoo pigment into particles that are cleared by the body’s lymphatic system. It is a gradual process, requiring a series of treatments over time, but it works.

Which is better for tattoo removal: Laser or Intense Pulsed Light

If the tattoo is black, both Laser and IPL treatments are effective. However, if the tattoo ink is colored, the extra frequency range of the light in an Intense Pulsed Light system will have an effect on more colors of ink.

How many treatments will it take to remove a tattoo?

On average, professional tattoos require 5-6 treatments, while amateur tattoos may require 3-4 treatments, spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Occasionally technicians have needed to treat a tattoo 10-20 times.

What should I charge for the procedure?

The fee depends on the size of each tattoo, and how many treatments it takes to lighten or remove it to the customer’s satisfaction. Each tattoo treatment generally costs $135 for the 1st square inch and $25 for each additional inch. If more than one tattoo is being treated at the same time, you may offer pricing alternatives. A consultation fee of $40-$60 should be assessed for this quote.

What will the treatment be like?

It is generally agreed that it is less painful to have a tattoo removed than getting it put on. A numbing cream should be applied an hour or two before the procedure as well as our cooling spray. After the procedure the treated area may blister, swell, crust, scab, or bleed slightly. The client will need to care for the area daily in order to prevent infection and get the best possible healing results. The tattoo will then gradually fade for 6-8 weeks, as the body’s lymphatic system cleanses away the ink which has been disrupted by the IPL, at which time another treatment session can take place. Additional fading may take place for as long as 2 months; treatments should be no more frequent than every two weeks.

What colours can be removed?

Black, Green, Blue, Red, Orange, and Purple respond very well. Turquoise has variable response, yellow is the least responsive. Laser systems are effective primarily on black ink; colored inks respond better to the broadband light of an Intense Pulsed Light system.

The Treatment

We recommend that local anaesthetic cream is used on the skin for 30 minutes prior to the treatment: EMLA cream or Dr Numb are two examples. These are covered with cling film. The treatment is uncomfortable, and ice is used on the skin to reduce pain. Small tattoos can be treated in minutes, large ones may take up to an hour.

After treatment the tattoo is covered with a dressing using Bepanthen or betadine ointment and gauze or cling film. We recommend at least 6 weeks between treatments as longer intervals allow more fade.

The Revlite laser successfully removes many tattoos over a course of treatment.The pigment within the tattoo is made up of tiny granules – these are targeted by the laser in nanosecond pulses of energy. The effect is to shatter and disperse the pigment granules. These are then ingested (phagocytosed) by the white blood cells in the skin.A typical course of treatment for a professional laser tattoo removal requires around 10 – 12 sessions.

Note – IPL treatment will not remove tattoos – IPL treatment will either do nothing, or result in burns and scars. In addition, there is no credible evidence that injecting any substance into a tattoo will result in removal without scarring. We have seen many cases of scarring caused by these type of techniques.