Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Many clinics respond to this question with: it can cause brief discomfort.

We prefer to be honest and tell it exactly how it is. Yes it hurts! Everyone we treat is different and certain areas on the body are more sensitive than others, most people describe it as a hot rubber band flicking your skin.

As we have been through the process ourselves we are dedicated to providing the best possible pain management and that is why we use a Cryotherapy chiller which blows -35 degree cold air onto the treatment area. This cold air minimises pain and thermal injury to your skin.

If you are concerned about discomfort we also can provide you with a topical anaesthetic cream which alleviates most of the discomfort associated with the treatment.

Does it hurt?

The heat produced by the laser procedure is localised to a very small area but it can cause some brief discomfort. For those with sensitive skin, a topical anesthetic can be used. We use a chiller that cools the skin by blowing -35 degree cold air onto the treatment area. This reduces the discomfort of tattoo removal quite significantly.

How effective is laser tattoo removal?

Laser treatment is very effective on most types of tattoos and most colors. Generally, tattoos can be totally eliminated by laser treatment, resulting in no residual dyes or scarring. Laser tattoo removal is a new science and the latest models of lasers are more effective than earlier models. The methodology is not simple. Different frequencies must be used for different colors of tattoo ink. It is crucial that the laser tattoo removal procedure be performed by an experienced licenced operator who has received specialised training for this procedure.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the new PicoSure tattoo removal technology, and we’ve been asked whether we’re up for switching away from our Quanta Q Plus C. The answer? No!

It all comes down to physics. In a nutshell, different wavelengths have different impacts on specific colors of tattoo ink within the skin. You need a series of different wavelengths to properly hit the depth of blacks, greens, yellows, reds, and other colors. There’s no such thing as a “do-it-all” wavelength.

With the Quanta Q-Plus C, there are three TRUE wavelengths, whose energy represents the depth of the ink in your skin. These wavelengths have the strongest ability of any laser to break down inks.

1064: This wavelength hits black, which is the deepest and easiest to remove.
532: This wavelength hits red/orange, which is the most shallow in the skin.
694: This wavelength hits blue/green, which can be some of the toughest to remove.
The PicoSure uses one wavelength: 755. Why? In the early days of laser tattoo removal, 755 was the golden number. Although these lasers work, it doesn’t go deep enough to hit the blacks, let alone remove them. When it comes to blues and greens, the wavelength goes past them.

PicoSure lasers also use a circular laser beam, whereas the Quanta uses a square beam. The benefit of the square beam is that skin damage is minimized because it stacks pulses precisely and evenly. A circular beam overlaps, damaging the skin.

Still not convinced? Science speaks for itself in a 2013 study by the Journal of the Laser and Health Academy in which researchers concluded that,

The published literature and our preliminary results seem to indicate that current “picosecond” lasers are not expected to have a significantly better tattoo clearance effect in comparison with the “gold standard” Q-switched nanosecond tattoo lasers. … It is our opinion that top-of-the-line Q-switched nanosecond lasers will remain the devices of choice for tattoo removal.”

Our laser is of Gold Standard. We use the most powerful, effective and safe laser on the market to guarantee results to our customers. Through the power of physics our laser will deliver results in lightening or completely removing your multi coloured tattoos.
The majority of Q-switch laser machines available in the market consist of only one laser i.e. Nd:Yag which can deliver two wavelengths 1064 nm (targeting black) and 532 nm (for targeting red), but to remove green and blue colours it is impossible.
Our machine is the only true 3 wavelength laser in the world, consisting also of the Ruby. It is quite common for some machines in the market to have a filter in the hand piece in order to replicate and produce a wavelength near to a Ruby (694). By doing this they deliver promises that they can treat green and blue inks but in reality it will not produce results because the filter reduces the output energy by half. Our Q-switched laser is a pure one pulse system which fires at just six nanoseconds, unlike many machines which have to be increased in power and will fire two pulses of 12 nanoseconds. This is too much exposure to the skin and is likely to cause damage to the superficial layers. Our Q-switch laser is the safest way to perform your tattoo removal treatment.

The mechanism of tattoo removal uses non-ionising radiation, which has no detrimental effect on the molecular structure of DNA.
Lasers used in tattoo removal have been in use for many years and in this time there has been no recorded case of increased development of cancers in the group treated.

After the laser procedure you may experience some redness, swelling and scabbing and sometimes blistering. This is a normal process as the body works to eliminate the tattoo dyes. Most people find that within 1 – 2 weeks depending on their tattoo/colour/location they are completely healed to perfect skin as before the treatment.

During consultation we explain in great details your after care. We also provide you with a detailed after care pack and the personal phone number of the laser specialist in case you have any questions or concerns after hours.

The MOST important we can tell you is NO SUN! NO SUN! NO SUN!

All tattoos and all people are different but it generally takes between 5 – 12 laser treatments to completely remove a tattoo. This depends on many factors including the colour of ink used, the client’s immune system, the size and location of the tattoo, how deep the ink is, how much ink, the age of the tattoo and whether it was applied by a professional or an amateur. Homemade tattoos can take between 1-3 treatments to completely remove the ink.

We have successfully performed treatments on over 1,000 tattoos, with this experience we can give you an accurate estimate on the number of treatments required to remove or fade your tattoo.

Some clients desire lightening of an existing tattoo in order to cover or alter it with a new one. In most cases, a minimum of 2-3 treatments is all that’s required to lighten an existing tattoo.
Yes! You can certainly tattoo over the old tattoo after laser. Most tattooists will require you to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks after the laser treatment.
At Rethink, individuals younger than 18 can be treated for tattoo removal with parental consent.

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