Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal treatments are safe and effective
Before any laser treatment it is important to get yourself booked in for a consultation. During your consultation one of our Laser Technicians will run through your medical history to make sure it is 100% safe to complete your laser treatment.
We are pleased to announce that Taupo is now home to New Zealand’s premier laser tattoo removal and lightening specialists. We have searched the globe to bring you the best laser removal tools: the Q Switch ND Yag and now the Dermapen TATOFF (for coloured Tattoos). With these machines we are able to target ALL colors and ensure the best possible results using the correct wave lengths.
A laser is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light in short bursts. Tattoo ink is removed by using this specific wavelength of light that passes into the skin, but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to break into tiny particles that can then be removed by the body’s natural filtering and immune systems. The tattoo fades gradually over a series of treatments. To learn more about wavelengths and why its so important to use the right equipment click here.
On average, professional tattoos require 5-8 treatments for full removal. All treatments are spaced 6 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on a number of variables (for example: body placement, type of ink and colour). Dark and red inks will lighten the best. Oranges and purples usually lighten over time as well. Blue, green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove and additional treatments are sometimes needed with our TATOFF to produce the best results. We use the GOLD STANDARD in medical lasers.
Our point of difference is our Cryo-Jet cooling machine which ensures your treatment is as comfortable as possible. Cool air is directed onto your skin and numbs the area before and after treatment; it is a natural pain-relief and reduces thermal damage. Studies have shown that apprehensive or nervous patients are comforted by the cryo-chilled air.
Some before pictures will be taken of your tattoo. We will complete a couple of test spots using the laser to make sure you respond well to the treatment. Most people have no issues and then go on and book their first laser appointment a week later.
1. We cannot treat you if you have had sun-tanning Vitamin A injections within the last six months or if you have large amounts of recent sun exposure.
2.Shower prior to your laser removal treatment and be sure to eat something an hour before your appointment.
3. We use advanced cooling machines to help minimize discomfort during and after the laser removal treatment process. You may also use numbing cream; please ensure you apply this properly and per the instructions of your chosen numbing product. You may arrive with numbing cream on but this will need to be removed prior to your laser treatment.
4. We cannot treat you if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, prone to keloid scarring, intoxicated or under strong medication such as Roaccutane etc. This will be discussed with you as well as being outlined in our consent form prior to any laser removal treatment.
Be sure to follow our strict and thorough aftercare instructions as you agree to these upon signing our written release form. Aftercare will also be discussed with you verbally and outlined very clearly before and after your Laser Tattoo Removal treatment. It is very important that you follow these instructions in order to produce the best possible laser treatment results.
Can you remove all colours?
Black is the easiest colour to remove, with light blues and greens being more difficult. Lightening a tattoo for a cover up is faster and easier than full removal, however, that being said we have lasers and the Dermapen TATOFF that target ALL colours for FULL removal. You can learn about about laser wave lengths vs tattoo colours and how these factors effect the removal process here.
How many sessions will it take?
The number of sessions required will depend on your objective; for complete removal we expect an average of 5-8 sessions. Lightening for a cover up may take as little as half that, as you can see in our examples. The procedure is usually quick and treatments can be performed every 6-8 weeks.
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
We will look at the age, colour, placement and quality of your tattoo and give you an honest and realistic assessment to lighten a tattoo for a successful cover up, or to remove a tattoo altogether. We have invested in the best equipment available to make our treatment the most effective and therefore the most affordable possible. Treatments start at $90 and consultations are free, so why not contact us for a no obligation appointment?
Is laser tattoo removal treatment painful?
Depending on your pain threshold, the treatment can cause some slight discomfort. We utilize a localized chilled air cooling treatment with a continuous flow of chilled air before, during and after the treatment to further minimize any discomfort. Most clients find this more than adequate and do not need any additional numbing cream; however, numbing creams can be sourced from chemists and/or prescribed by your gp. These help to bring the level of pain down to that experienced in the original application of the tattoo. We recommend a minimum of 6 weeks between each treatment; any sooner risks damage to the skin.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Swelling, redness and a sensation similar to sunburn is a normal reaction to laser treatment. It 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 and may become itchy. Moisturizing with a cream such as Bepanthen will help relieve this. You will notice some lightening immediately after treatment which will become more prominent as the body starts to release the broken down pigment, this will continue over the recommended 6-8 weeks between sessions. It’s by no means a quick fix but a life of regrettable tattoos is much longer!
Does it damage the skin?
With our gold standard laser in the hands of our trained technicians, we expect your skin to return to normal quickly with no scarring. You may notice the new skin being lighter at first but in most cases this will correct itself.
How much can I do at a time?
We can do large areas but some big tattoos will need to be broken down into sections. We will discuss this during your FREE consultation.
How soon after laser treatment can I get tattooed?
We advise 3 months, just to let the laser get to work as the tattoo will keep fading after the initial treatments. This will allow your tattooer to make a better assessment for the cover up, laser treatment is not a quick fix but it is worth the wait.
Why should I bother? I'll just go straight to a cover up...
You can only go darker in a cover up, resulting in a heavy tattoo at least three times larger than the original, which will always be a major compromise in design. Just a few sessions could be the difference in just getting something that will work versus getting the tattoo you actually WANT. 1 to 3 treatments with us for tattoo lightening means you can achieve a result you are happy to wear for the rest of your life and your chosen tattoo artist will love you for it!
Prices vary depending on size of tattoo, this will be determined at time of consultation.