Laser Tattoo Removal

ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM A BAD CASE OF TATTOO REGRET ?

Laser Tattoo Removal

It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but that doesn’t mean it’s such a good idea now.

Whilst we can’t erase time, we can erase your tattoo with laser tattoo removal.At Fresh Faces Cosmetic Medicine in Perth, we use our combined 40 years industry experience and state-of-the-art technology, to help you remove that tattoo you now regret.

 

Book a complimentary consultation with one of our Doctors or Registered Nurses.

What to expect

Having a tattoo removed can be a personal and somewhat emotional experience. With this in mind, we approach your tattoo removal treatment carefully and with sensitivity. We listen to your needs, and desires ensuring we produce the results you’re looking for.

You can expect your laser tattoo removal journey to go something like this:
At your initial consultation with our medical doctor, Dr Josephs, we will obtain your relevant medical history, answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. The time we take to really listen, ensures you’re completely ready for your tattoo removal, giving you absolute clarity and peace of mind.

When, and only when, we have achieved this, can your tattoo removal begin.
The treatment involves a laser set to target ink particles that when penetrated, produces a shock wave effect that disperses the ink particles into smaller pieces. As laser intensity increases, the ink decreases and in turn decreases the tattoo’s visibility.

Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable. Concerned about the possible pain? Don’t worry, at Fresh Faces Cosmetic Medicine, we use a prescription strength numbing agent to help ease some of the pain associated with the process.

Remember, it won’t be as painful as your tattoo was and we provide a completely complimentary hand holding service too.

At Fresh Faces Cosmetic Medicine, we hear you. We listen to your concerns, ensuring we completely understand your needs and desires, and address these to give you your desired outcome, not ours.

Expected Results

After your treatment, it’s normal to experience white discolouration, red or swollen skin. This disappears over time, along with your tattoo. Within 6-12 months of your last treatment, you can usually expect your skin to be back to normal.

Improvement may not be seen in the tattoo for up to six weeks after a treatment.
This is not a ‘onetime treatment’ -Typically, laser tattoo removal takes 5-12 sessions performed at 4-8-week intervals for optimal results.

Expected Results

After your treatment, it’s normal to experience white discolouration, red or swollen skin. This disappears over time, along with your tattoo. Within 6-12 months of your last treatment, you can usually expect your skin to be back to normal.

Improvement may not be seen in the tattoo for up to six weeks after a treatment.
This is not a ‘onetime treatment’ -Typically, laser tattoo removal takes 5-12 sessions performed at 4-8-week intervals for optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions

IPL Vs. Lasers: What's the Difference?

Intense pulsed light is not a laser per se. Its an intense light source. But so is a laser, fundamentally-speaking, albeit a far more intense light source. What makes IPL different from laser is that it directs a broad-spectrum high intensity light pulse on the skin instead of a more invasive, precisely calibrated laser beam set on a narrower, specific wavelength.

In other words, IPL operates on a wider range of wavelengths and thus, one IPL machine can treat more than one condition, using special filters to remove unwanted wavelengths and keep only those required for the specific skin concern being addressed.

So if a clinic has an IPL machine, then it’s safe to assume a variety of skin conditions as well as hair removal can be addressed whereas lasers work on a narrow wavelength range, which means a clinic may be able to only address one specific skin concern with one laser machine.

The downside of IPL is that while each individual treatment is allegedly less expensive, safer and gentler than laser, it is also less intensive and as such, the results are not quite as dramatic. Therefore, more repeat visits may be required to produce desired results

What do I need to do prior to treatment?

In order to minimize any potential side effects, individuals preparing to undergo an either IPL or a Laser treatment should:

  • avoid going in the sun without SPF30 sunscreen (must contain UVA and UVB filters) for at least 4 weeks prior to treatment
  • ensure treatment area is free of sunburn, suntan, fake tanning, herpes outbreak (cold sores), inflammatory acne, eczema, hypo or hyperpigmentation
  • avoid over-the-counter blood-thinning agents for at least a week (Aspirin, ibuprofen)
  • stop using any form of Vitamin A acid for at least 14 days, including retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A) and alpha-hydroxy acids
  • stop using Accutane for at least 6 months
Does it hurt?

Clients and practitioners commonly compare the sensation felt during laser/IPL treatments to a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, what laser resurfacing feels like depends on the laser, the depth and area of treatment, and an individuals tolerance for pain.

Deeper ablative (some outer layers of skin are removed) laser treatments may require local anesthetic injections or a topical cream to keep a patient comfortable.

Some non-ablative laser treatments (the laser passes through the skin without removing layers) cause little-to-no pain and require only a topical numbing cream to offset discomfort. Following the procedure, some degree of tenderness in the treatment area can be expected. Your provider will recommend safe ways to control discomfort after laser resurfacing when necessary.

What do I need to do after the treatment?

In order to minimize any potential side effects, individuals whove just undergone an IPL or laser Rejuvenation should:

  • immediately apply moisturizer and a full spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 protecting against UVA and UVB rays
  • wear full spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 protecting against UVA and UVB rays, every day on the treated area for at least 30 days (failure to do so can result in complications and skin damage)
  • avoid the sun as much as possible for the duration of the treatment plan as well as the next 30 days following the final treatment
  • avoid applying foundation or powder makeup immediately after the treatment session, if possible (although Oxygentics foundations are fine)
  • not take hot baths for 48 hours following treatment (hot showers not recommended either, hot water must not touch the treated area, warm showers are fine)
  • not engage in strenuous exercise that produces perspiration for 48 hours in order to avoid infection
  • not scratch or pick treated area to avoid infection
  • as with pre-treatment measures, avoid using any form of Vitamin A acid for the duration of the treatment plan, including retinoic acid, glycolic acid, tretinoin (Retin-A) and alpha-hydroxy acids
  • as with pre-treatment measures, avoid using Accutane
  • moisturize frequently
Is there any downtime after IPL?

No. Unlike with most laser treatments, which often require a few days of recovery as a result of extreme redness, blistering and peeling, an IPL treatment requires no downtime, appearing in most cases as if one has just a slight sunburn or exercised on a cardio machine for an hour. You can book an appointment on your lunch break and go back to work right after, with colleagues none the wiser.    

Is there any downtime after a laser treatment?

Although laser treatments are generally considered non-surgical, not all are downtime-free. Laser resurfacing recovery time varies depending on the type of laser used as well as an individuals health and healing rate.

Non-ablative lasers often require no downtime at all, while ablative lasers can require a 2 to 3 week healing process, depending on depth, before the new skin has healed completely and final results are evident.

This does not mean you have to stay at home for a month; it just means that your skin will be raw, red and scab over as it heals. You may not feel comfortable in certain social situations, and you will need to modify your activities to avoid situations where infection is possible (swimming, gym workouts, etc.).

Can Laser and IPL treatments be performed on darker skins?

A common misconception is that laser resurfacing is only safe for light skin types. While it is true that certain lasers pose a higher risk for cell damage or discoloration in darker skin, there are safe and effective resurfacing options.

The best way to ensure a safe, effective treatment for your skin type? Consult with one of our experienced practitioners who have extensive training and knowledge in laser resurfacing procedures and experience working with darker skinned patients.

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