Your most frequently asked laser tattoo removal questions answered below
DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?
Yes it does. Laser tattoo removal is the safest way to get rid of unwanted tattoos. At Goodbye Tattoos we have qualified staff using a Q Switched laser, so we can remove your tattoo, or modify an existing tattoo to make way for a new one.
HOW DOES TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?
Tattoo laser removal works by directing the laser light onto the tattoo. The tattoo ink absorbs the laser light, and the ink particles are shattered into small pieces.
Once the ink is shattered, the elimination process starts.
The body’s white blood cells consume these small ink particles and break them down further, resulting in the removal of the ink through the lymphatic system. Read more
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT BETWEEN EACH TREATMENT?
The ink elimination process can take up to 6 weeks, so we recommend this as a minimum amount of time so we can achieve optimum results. Read more
HOW WILL YOU ASSESS MY SKIN FOR TREATMENT?
The Fitzpatrick Skin Scale ranges from Type I to Type VI:
skin types that range from fair skin that burns and never tans to very dark skin that never burns and tans very easily.
We look at where on the body you have the tattoo. The body’s immune system
reacts differently depending on where we apply the laser. The head and neck
can result in most effective in ink elimination. After that the it’s the
upper and lower trunks. The hands and feet can take the longest.
Tattoo ink is made from a mixture of varying compounds. Professional inks are different to inks used by amateur tattoos. The colour of the pigment differs in the size of the granules. Black ink is the easiest to remove due to small size and lacks metallic elements and absorbs the laser wavelength. Red is the next easiest then green, yellow and orange.
AMOUNT OF INK
We look at how much ink has been applied in the tattoo design. There are 4 groups that tattoo ink is divided into: Amateur/Minimal/Moderate/Significant; ranging from letters and small symbols to multicoloured, complex designs
SCARRING AND TISSUE CHANGE
Getting a tattoo can cause scarring and this can sometimes result in the effectiveness of tattoo removal. Important to note that pre-existing scars will remain after treatment
Many people decide to layer tattoos to hide old tattoos. This requires layering of darker ink which may mean more treatments to successfully removal the tattoo.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
We know that every individual is different, as is every tattoo. We know that everyone’s skin reacts differently.
During the thorough consultation, we are able to give you an approximate number of treatments required.
At Goodbye Tattoos, we refer to the Kirby-Desai Scale. This scale was developed by two dermatologists specialising in tattoo removal techniques. The scale helps us assess how many treatments you will need and the potential success we can achieve.
Most tattoos need 10-15 laser treatments, but sometimes over 20 is necessary. Green and blue can be difficult to remove, whereas Red and Black colours fade easily.
WILL LASER TATTOO REMOVAL SCAR MY SKIN?
There are common side effects to laser tattoo removal, however these are normal and to be expected.
Immediately after the treatment, there will be a whitening of the tattoo, also called blanching. This happens mostly in earlier treatments.
You may also experience redness, swelling or bruising, however scarring is unusual following laser treatments as the laser is in contact with the skin for billionth of a second, which means there is not enough time of heat build up in the skin.
CAN YOU DO LASER REMOVAL ON A NEW TATTOO?
We recommend giving the new tattoo time to heal and for the ink to settle. This should at a minimum 6 months. To carry out treatment on a new tattoo any sooner can cause scarring.
I HAVE JUST HAD MY TATTOO REMOVED. CAN I GET A TATTOO IN THE SAME AREA?
Yes you can. Many people want to say goodbye to an old tattoo to allow for a new one. We do recommend waiting until the skin has completely healed. Read more
IS LASER TATTOO REMOVAL PAINFUL?
The sensation of the laser has been compared to hot oil splashes experienced when cooking.
Most clients will experience some slight discomfort depending on the location of the tattoo on the body, and also depending on your pain threshold.
At Goodbye Tattoos, we use a chilled air-cooling device, which provides a continued flow of chilled air before, during and after the treatment. Most people will find this is enough and don’t require any additional numbing agents. Read more