Are you tired of looking at the tattoo on your arm, leg, stomach or shoulder? Maybe your tattoo signifies a time in your life that you’d like to forget. Perhaps your tattoo is old, distorted, faded or you simply just don’t like it anymore. These are but a few of the reasons thousands of men and women every year are removing their tattoos.
After years of perfecting laser light science, tattoo removal is now more effective, permanent and safer than ever before.
Exhale Body Rejuvenation is very excited to be the first clinic on the Gold Coast to install the Spectrum QS Laser Tattoo Removal Machine. The results are almost instant and with only a few treatments you can say goodbye to your body ink.
The Spectrum radiates the light of specific wavelengths in a high peak, ultra-short nanosecond energy pulse. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by the pigment and results in an instantaneous blast. The pigment particles are shattered into fragments, parts of them will be bounced out of the skin and the other parts will be spilt into tiny particles that can be engulfed by phagocytes and then eliminated by the lymphatic system.
Typically the Spectrum QS will remove tattoos in just 5 - 7 treatments depending on factors such as the age of the tattoo and the ink that has been used. It is particularly effective on blacks, blues, reds and pinks but you will see fading of most other colours as well.
Mark Wahlberg has decided to undergo tattoo removal of his half dozen, or so, tattoos and is making it a family affair, bringing along his children to dissuade them from getting inked. Several other celebrities have removed tattoos - especially those who had their significant other's name inked on them, such as Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen and former married couple Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton. Johnny Depp famously had his Winona Ryder tribute tattoo "Winona Forever" partially removed to read, "Wino Forever."
TATTOO REMOVAL FAQ’S
Laser tattoo removal is a procedure that uses a powerful light of specific wavelengths that reacts with the ink of a tattoo to break it down into tiny particles. The laser directly targets the tattoo pigment and leaves the surrounding skin virtually untouched. After the ink is broken down, it is removed by the body’s immune system, creating a natural looking fade that typically only time or sun exposure would produce.
How much does it cost?
This is dependant on size, but as a guide line an small to average size tattoo is $250 per treatment. For larger tattoos such as sleeves, half legs and backs etc. require a short consultation first.
How can I prepare for tattoo removal?
It is recommended that patients take a non-aspirin pain medication prior to the procedure, to help reduce any discomfort they may experience. Other than that, there really isn’t any other preparation needed.
A laser tattoo removal treatment can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or two depending on the size of the tattoo and the colours involved. A lot of patients describe the pain from the laser as feeling like a hundred rubber bands striking the skin at the same time. To help alleviate some of this pain, you may have a cold compress applied to the treatment area prior to the procedure.
What is the recovery time for a tattoo removal treatment?
Most patients can resume their daily activities immediately following a laser tattoo removal treatment. You will need to avoid exposing the treated area to the sun and strenuous physical activities that may affect the treated area.
What can I expect after a tattoo removal treatment?
Immediately after each treatment, the treated area may feel sunburned, and it is extremely important to keep it covered until it heals. If you fail to do this, both your recovery and the results of the treatments may be negatively affected.
What are the alternatives to laser tattoo removal?
There are a few alternatives to laser tattoo removal. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, or IPL, is a similar procedure but it comes with a heftier price tag. There is also dermabrasion, which removes the top layer of your skin using abrasive friction, and a number of do-it-yourself creams which have been said to not be as effective as laser tattoo removal.