Frequently Asked Questions

What does laser tattoo removal feel like?

Laser treatment is uncomfortable and likely more painful than tattoo application. Most people request pain relief and medical grade local anaesthetic is available at Laser Dermatology. Topical creams rarely achieve significant pain relief.

How many laser treatments will I need to remove my tattoo?

The number of laser tattoo removal treatments will depend on the amount, colour and type of tattoo ink, the depth of tattoo ink into the skin and the method of tattoo application. Professional tattoos may require ten or more laser treatments, while self-applied tattoos may fade after fewer treatments. Tattoo removal treatments are conducted at eight weekly intervals.

Does the colour of the tattoo ink influence the results of tattoo removal?

With new laser technology and various energy wavelengths available, most colours (with the exception of white) can be faded or removed by one of the many tattoo removal lasers available at Laser Dermatology.

What happens after laser tattoo removal treatment?

There may be some pinpoint bleeding with scab or blister formation. An antiseptic dressing must be applied daily until the area is healed. You may bathe normally but suggest you minimise vigorous activity for a few days to optimise healing after your laser tattoo removal treatment.

Once you have decided on laser tattoo removal treatment, remember the most important things about our clinic:

  • Tattoo Laser Dermatology uses a variety of lasers as no single laser will address all ink colours.
  • The expertise of the laser operators and our "state of the art" laser tattoo removal equipment: All our laser therapists are registered nurses who are trained by our resident dermatologist. You may be aware that many "laser" and "IPL" centres are offering tattoo removal, amongst other treatments. Unfortunately, no matter how good the equipment, it will only be as good as its operator. Scarring and changes to skin pigment can result from improperly applied light treatments for tattoo removal treatment.