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Laser Tattoo Removal

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Are you the not-so-proud owner of some undesirable ink and contemplating tattoo removal? 

Laser tattoo removal is gaining in popularity.  It is a cosmetic procedure that is safe, effective, and only takes only minutes to perform. In this part of our website, you will get the information you need and learn how laser tattoo removal works. 

Have you ever seen an old tattoo that is partially faded? Tattoos naturally fade over time because the body’s immune system recognizes that tattoo ink is a foreign substance and tries to remove ink particles.

Laser tattoo removal speeds up the natural process by shattering tattoo ink into smaller pieces that flush away more easily.

Tattoo Ink and Skin

Tattoo ink is trapped in the deepest layer of the skin. When tattoos are applied, ink particles are inserted with a needle into varying depths of the Dermis (the bottom layer of the skin.)

When the laser light is applied to the skin, it heats up and shatters the ink closest to the surface of the skin first.  It pretty much removes the ink in layers starting with the topmost layer and eventually getting to the deepest layers of the skin. Working on this theory you can see why it takes multiple treatments to penetrate through all of the varying layers of ink in a tattoo. If a tattoo is particularly dark or bold, it will require more treatments to remove the ink compared to shaded tattoos with a lower saturation of ink.

Home tattoo jobs are generally the easiest to remove since less ink is typically used and ink isn't consistently needled into the skin.  This also means fewer laser tattoo removal sessions.  Professional tattoos tend to be well saturated with ink and placed a lot deeper into the dermis, therefore requiring more removal treatments.

If you've heard anything about laser tattoo removal, it's probably along the lines of painful, maybe even more than getting the tattoo in the first place. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.


How much will tattoo removal cost?

Treatments start from $150 per session, a firm price will be given at your consultation.

Is tattoo removal painful?

Yes, tattoo removal can be painful, however, it is fast.

Can I take pain relief before a session?

Yes, you can take panadol if desired.  Avoid ibuprofen, aspirin, voltaren, or any other blood thinning pain relief.

Can the skin be numbed for the duration of the procedure?

Yes, topical numbing is recommended - providing you don't have allergies to Lidocaine or Tetracaine numbing agents.

Can the skin be cooled during the procedure?

Yes, Rejuve skin has an i-cool machine that provides air chilled down to -30.


Can you estimate how many sessions is it likely to take?

When you come for a consultation we can estimate how many based on the information you give us.  This is by no means 100% accurate. We do not guarantee how many sessions you will require. 

Can the removal process leave scarring?
If you want your ink completely removed, you should know that the skin that is left might not be flawless. Your skin pigment can be lightened. Any form of ink tattooed into your skin can create some scarring.

Is semi-removal possible?

This is a good option for those who want to change a tattoo in any way.   Professional Tattooists call this a cover-up.  There is no need to take your tattoo fully off.  You can simply lighten them enough to get some good cover-up work done. Your Professional Tattooist can advise when light enough to re-do.

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