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Laser tattoo removal produces pulses of light energy.
Each pulse of energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink.
As the tattoo ink particles absorb the energy, they heat up and then shatter into tiny fragments.
Fotona StarWalker's MaQX peak energy, four colors and proprietary FracTAT™ procedure make StarWalker an industry-leading, ultra-performance laser-tattoo-removal system.
During your consultation, Sharon will discuss that your tattoo removal is a process, it takes time to remove the tattoo. It will take typically more than 6 treatments for removal.
The laser technician (Sharon) will apply numbing cream if you like, however certain areas are comfortable with cooling air.
The tattoo removal itself is relatively fast, it can take up to 15 minutes depending on size and location.
The pain is tolerable with numbing cream; however, it is location and patient dependent. I found plucking my eyebrows to be more painful.
Yes, colours play a big factor in the removal of tattoos, the easiest tattoos to remove are the dark grey to black fades.
At Newcastle Cosmetic Doctor we have 4 different laser hand pieces for laser tattoo removal, that are specific to what colour you would like to remove. This is because the different tattoo colours sit in different depths of the skin.
Black is the deepest and yellow is the shallowest depth in the skin. Between this spectrum of dark and light colours, you have the other colours including reds, tans, blues, green, purple and so on.
The most difficult tattoo colours to remove are the sky blues and purples.
Some people can get complete removal, others might find it difficult. Patience is the key; it is going to take time.
Complete tattoo removal with laser is dependent on many factors:
The main factors include:
The above factors are the most important. We have control over which laser is removing the tattoo. Not all lasers are not equal, some leave fibrotic scarring and hypo pigmentation more than other lasers.
At Newcastle Cosmetic Doctor, we only use the Fotona Starwalker QXMAX laser for tattoo removal. After researching tattoo removal this is the best laser, we could find for tattoo removal.
It would be described as an elastic band flicking your skin repeatedly, it is tolerable with the Fotona Starwalker laser.
Tattoo removal pain is dependent on the machine, the location of the tattoo (eg, neck is going to hurt more than a lower leg tattoo), patient's pain threshold and of course the most important would be, that we can apply prescription grade numbing cream as we are a doctor led clinic and not a tattoo parlour.
At Newcastle Cosmetic Doctor we can apply prescription grade numbing cream, specially formulated for tattoo removal and laser. This specific type of numbing cream reduces pain significantly. Most patients describe the laser tattoo removal in clinic as very tolerable.
The Fotona QXMAX has been the market leader in tattoo removal in clinics around the world for over 30 years.
The Fotona Starwalker is the next generation of tattoo removal for Fotona Lasers.
Many well-established clinics throughout the world, have had great results with using the Fotona Starwalker laser to safely remove tattoos, with a lower risk of having adverse effects such as fibrotic scarring and hypo pigmentation.
Factors that affect tattoo removal include:
This explains how many variables there are with tattoo removal. We see plenty of clients requesting tattoo removal after having 10 - 12 sessions of tattoo removal by another business. "The past 3 -5 treatments, I have not seen any improvement in removing the tattoo". This type of conversation happens regularly. We can typically continue the removal of the tattoo with the Fotona Starwalker QXMAX laser.
During the laser tattoo removal treatment, you will initially notice whitening (frosting) of the ink. The whining of the tattoo is indicative that the ink has been shattered by the laser beam, it is caused by the reals of energy (heat) from the ink particles being smashed (broken down).
The whitening (frosting) of the tattoo is temporary, typically it lasts no more than a few minutes. Once the whitening disappears, the skin will become red and swollen, it will also radiate heat and may even begin to throb. This sensation has been described like a feeling of severe sunburn, it can last from hours to a few a days.
Swelling of the immediate area is common after tattoo removal, larger tattoos usually experience more swelling than smaller tattoos. Areas of lower circulation like lower limbs and extremities are more likely to have more swelling than areas with good circulation. Swelling will slowly resolve by itself and is relatively common. If you are unsure, please contact the clinic for review.
Bruising and pinpoint bleeding can occur at the laser tattoo removal site. Different locations and skin types are more likely to bruise. Most common areas for bruising include the inner bicep and ribs. This is a normal occurrence. The bruises can last up to two weeks.
All laser tattoo removal appointments are made by phone 1300 282 410 or alternatively privately messaging our Facebook or Instagram account.
Unfortunately, we do not use online bookings link, as there are too many variables when it comes to laser treatments and time taken to complete the treatment.
We kindly ask if we do not answer the phone, to leave a short message with your name and request a laser treatment. We will get back you as soon as possible, this can take up to 3 days depending on our workload and work hours.
If you do not leave a message, we will not be able to call you back, as we have large volume of calls for a small business.
Alternatively, privately message our Facebook or Instagram messenger, and we will respond. If this is written on a post, we will likely miss it as we can be quite busy and have a large volume of notifications on social media.
Key points for aftercare include the following:
We are a doctor led clinic, Dr. Bart has performed over 50,000 treatments making him the most experienced cosmetic injectable doctor in Newcastle.
With continued learning and development, we keep the highest standard in safety for our patients.