Frequently Asked Questions

How does Laser remove the ink?

The ink molecule is too large for the body to remove in its current form. When the ink particles absorb the laser light, they are fragmented into smaller particles, which are then absorbed and removed through the body’s natural cleansing mechanism. (Lymphatic System)

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments depend on the size, location, depth and colour of your tattoos. Typically 5 to 8 sessions are enough but is dependant on a number of factors. Amateur tattoos can need as few as 2 treatments as the ink has not been injected as deeply into the layers of the skin. Treatments should be performed every 8 weeks, to allow your body to remove the maximum amount of ink plus ensuring sufficient healing time, which will reduce the incidence of scaring.

Does it hurt?

Some patients state that feel a slight flicking sensation in combination with heat. Most treatments do not require anaesthetics however, some patients feel more comfortable with a local numbing cream.

What can I expect after treatment?

Immediately following treatment, there will be a white discoloration to the tattooed skin. This settles after a few minutes and slight redness and swelling occurs. Over the next several days  in some cases blisters may form, however generally the skin remains intact.

What aftercare should I perform?

Cooling the area as well as the application of Aloe Vera is recommended immediately after treatment and while there is a feeling of heat in the skin, usually no more than 2 to 12 hours.  An antiseptic cream e.g. Bepanthen or Paw Paw is helpful and aids as a barrier offering protection during the healing process.

What are the side effects?

  • Discomfort – Some mild to moderate discomfort is felt during treatment. The sensation is similar to snapping the skin with a rubber band. Some areas are more sensitive than others.
  • Blisters/Scabs/Crusting- This is more common in tattoo treatment, but can occur in pigmented lesion and hair removal treatments. They usually take 4 to 10 days to heal.
  • Hyper/Hypo pigmentation – Skin can develop temporary lightening or darkening after laser treatment however it is rarely seen in Caucasian skin types. Hyper-pigmentation can be worsened with sun exposure. Hypo-pigmentation usually occurs after multiple treatments. Pigment changes can last 2-4 months.
  • Swelling- Swelling often occurs, but will subside in 2-5 days and can be reduced with regular ice application.
  • Scarring – This is rare but possible

Please Contact Us if you have any other questions regarding our Laser Clinic services.