Why won’t creams or lotions work?
The ink in a tattoo is injected into the second layer of your skin, where it cannot easily be penetrated. This means that creams claiming to remove the tattoo are not strong enough to remove the ink. Our laser removal method is the only effective way to break down ink and minimise the appearance of tattoos.
Can all tattoos be removed?
While the majority of tattoos can be successfully removed or their appearance lessened, there are a small percent that may not respond to lasers.
Black is the easiest, dark and red inks will lighten the best.
Blue, green and yellow are the most difficult to remove.
However, our Alex Tri Vantage laser can generate 3 wavelengths and allow us to target ALL colours.
We can advise you on your suitability and determine if your tattoo is eligible for removal during our initial consultation.
How often can I have a treatment?
Treatments may be performed approximately 6 to 8 weeks apart, giving the area sufficient time to heal between sessions. This minimises the chances of scarring and other complications.
Does it hurt?
Medical-grade Q-Switched laser treatments can cause slight discomfort, it is a similar sensation to a rubber band snapping on your skin. On the plus side, treatments are very quick, typically 5 minutes or less for small tattoo, and ranging from 15-20 minutes for larger tattoo. If you can handle getting tattooed, you will be able to manage the discomfort of tattoo removal. At Groom Laser & Skin Clinic , we care about providing the utmost comfort, which is why we offer an efficient numbing cream that helps to reduce the sensation.
Are there any side effects of Laser Tattoo Removal?
The Alex TriVantage technology significantly reduce the potential for scarring or changes in skin texture compared to older treatment options.
Swelling, redness and a sensation similar to sunburn is a normal reaction and can remain swollen and tender for a while and may form small blisters that shouldn't remain for too long. As it heals, it will dry up and may become itchy, moisturising with a Post Laser Gel will help the healing process.
You will notice some lightening (frosting) straight away after treatment which will become more prominent as the body starts to metabolise the broken up pigment which will continue over the weeks between sessions.
Some may develop blisters or scabs within 8 to 72 hours, which may last for 7 to 10 days. This is a normal progression as your immune system works to eliminate the tattoo dyes from your body.
Some clients may also experience a temporary lightening or darkening of the skin for a few months following treatment. The skin will typically resolve to normal pigmentation colour.
It is important to follow the post treatment care recommendations.
Can the area be re-tattooed?
Absolutely, once the treated area has fully healed, it’s perfectly fine for the skin to be re-tattooed.