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FOTONA LASER TATTOO REMOVAL & FADING
The laser directly targets the tattoo pigment with nanosecond bursts of high-intensity light, while sparing the surrounding tissue. When the ink particles of the tattoo absorb the light from the laser, they are broken up into tiny fragments. These fragments are then absorbed through the body’s lymphatic (immune cleansing) system, fading and removing the tattoo. This cleansing process generally takes several weeks and you’ll see the tattoo fade during this time. We encourage a regular lymphatic drainage massage to aid and hasten the tattoo removal process.
We do our utmost to minimize any pain or discomfort. We use the Koolio Cold air Cooling System before, during and after the treatment. The Koolio is designed to reduce pain and minimize the risk of thermal injury, blowing minus 35 degree extremely Cold air, producing temporary topical analgesic relief.
We also use LMX-4 high-strength topical numbing cream applied 1 hour prior to treatment, which is highly effective. The discomfort of laser tattoo removal is often described as a “rubber band snapping the skin”.
Removing your tattoo permanently may cost less than you think. The price list below is PER SESSION and for estimate purposes only. The price may vary based on the complexity, colour and size of the tattoo. We will assess and measure your tattoo and make an estimate of cost and the number of treatments needed to remove it.
- 2cm x 2cm – $65
- 6cm x 4cm – $90
- 9cm x 9cm – $170
- 15cm x 10cm – $270
- 1/2 A4 – $350
- A4 – $550
- A4+ – Custom Price
- Cosmetic Tattoo removal from $165-$395
For an accurate idea of the cost for your laser tattoo removal, please enter your contact details in the form to the right and we’ll supply you with a quote and any further details you may require.
Tattoo Fading weakens the appearance and potency of an existing tattoo and prepares it for re-tattooing or tattoo cover-up. Weakening or fading a tattoo means that a new tattoo would be easier and will provide better results. The logic is that the weaker the old tattoo is, the better the new. Tattoo fading can be completed within two or three sessions and it would make much more sense to have it performed giving you a peace of mind about your new tattoo.
Each person is unique as their tattoo, but most professional tattoos take 6 to 8 treatments. Home made tattoos take 1 to 4 treatments. Laser sessions are spaced out 6 weeks apart or longer. The number of treatments depends on the amount of ink used, type of ink, depth of ink placed in skin, location, age, colors, and each person’s individual health considerations.
The Fotona QX max Laser is the most powerful, best made laser system in the world, decreasing your treatment sesions to half most other laser out there.
If you are considering laser or IPL treatment, you ideally must have zero sun exposure up to 6 weeks prior to and during the treatment. The light energy from the laser or IPL is attracted to pigment, that means tattoo ink, hair follicles, skin pigment (freckles, birthmarks, melasma, rosacea, vascular lesions…) and of course melanin which is produced in the skin after sun exposure (tan). Even if you don’t tan, the melanocytes in the skin will still produce melanin and will then absorb any light energy from laser or IPL. This can result in burns and subsequent scarring! Also must mention fake tans and sunbeds. Same apllies.
The Fotona QX Max laser used for tattoo removal does not typically leave scars, although there is a small chance of this. Following the after care instructions is critical. The risk of scarring can increase for pregnancy, dark skin tone, poor circulation, immune system deficiencies, some health conditions, taking certain medications, or having a history of keloids or elevated scarring. You should inform the Laser practitioner if you have a tendency to form abnormal scars or keloids.
Hypopigmentation is the loss of skin color. It is caused by melanocyte or melanin depletion. Often, hypopigmentation can be brought on by laser treatments. Laser tattoo removal works because the tattoo ink pigment absorbs the laser energy, shuttering the ink particles into finer bits that allow the body to then carry it away. People with darker skin types ie. anyone who can eventually muster up a tan, can experience Hypopigmentation. Our approach is to tread carefully.. Delay treatments till after summer, turn down the energy levels and encourage a little summer time exposure during the down-times which often helps re-ignite the melanocytes.
We do occasionally see allergic reactions after laser tattoo removal. One can have a reaction to the “shattered” tattoo ink. The laser treatment shatters the ink to finer particles, which the body can then flush away. However sometimes this “shattering” can release additives used to colour the ink … red, purple, orange. The body can have an allergic reaction to these additives, creating blisters and weeks of swelling/pain. That is why test spots are always performed.
The use of anaesthetic gels in Laser tattoo removal and other non invasive skin treatments, needs to be treated with caution. There is a remote possibility of an adverse reaction or overdose to the Lidocaine / prilocaine in the gel. These reactions can include nervousness, tingling around the mouth (also known as circumoral paraesthesia), tinnitus, tremor, dizziness, blurred vision, seizures followed by depression, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, respiratory depression and apnoea. As a matter of procedure, we always apply the gel in the clinic and ask the client remain there for an hour for observation.