While tattoos are a permanent decision, they can be removed if you are having regrets. With our state of the art tattoo removal services, you will see a complete removal or significant fading of your body’s tattoo inks in over 95% of cases.
We will gradually fade your tattoo over a course of 10 to 15 minute treatments spaced at 4 to 8 weekly intervals. We can also provide you with prescription strength numbing cream or local anaesthetic so you can control any pain that you experience from this treatment.
With a tattoo removal, you will experience short-term localised redness, swelling, and crusting on your skin.
Tattoo removals start at $100, $225 (business card area). Packages are available
If you live in Sydney CBD, it’s surrounding suburbs- or even the western suburbs (Rose Bay, Watsons Bay, Double Bay, Vaucluse, or Paddington) we are in a central and easily accessible location in Broadway/Ultimo.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Medical lasers deliver intense, but extremely short (nano-seconds), pulses of coloured light energy that shatter the ink in tattoos into tiny fragments so that the body’s immune system can eliminate it. The laser is simply helping your body do the work of fading your tattoo. Clearance of the fragmented ink continues for 6-8 weeks after each treatment, resulting in a gradual fading of the tattoo. How many treatments will be required depends on variables such as the health of your immune system and your skin type, the size and location of your tattoo, whether it is professional or amateur, how many colours and how much ink it contains, whether it’s overlaid on an older tattoo, etc.
Who will perform your treatment?
Our tattoo removal treatments are all performed by appropriately qualified doctors and nurses.
Can any laser or IPL remove tattoos?
Definitely not. Only high tech lasers specifically designed for this purpose can deliver superior results with maximal safety. The essential feature of modern tattoo removing lasers is that they deliver extremely powerful, but incredibly short, pulses of light via a process known as Q switching. Lasers without Q switching and IPL systems are inferior and inadequate for tattoo removal.
The Q-switched lasers installed at Heber Davis have the power to eliminate tattoo ink in fewer sessions than other lasers and to treat inks of different colours. Lasers emit a very specific wavelength of light energy to treat tattoos – in fact, a separate wavelength is needed for each ink colour. No single laser can remove all coloured inks and multi-coloured tattoos require treatment with multiple different lasers. Our four different Q-switched lasers allow us to treat almost all colours effectively.
All our lasers are FDA approved for tattoo removal and all are TGA listed.
- Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser at 1064nm for black, brown, dark blue and purple inks
- Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser at 532nm for red, pink, orange, brown and purple inks
- Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser at 585nm for light blue inks
- Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser at 650nm for green and yellow inks
What does treatment involve?
Numbing cream is used to maximise your comfort and works best if applied an hour before your treatment.
Photography will be used to monitor your progress at each stage of your treatment.
Allow 10-30 minutes for your treatment. Depending on the nature of your tattoo, one or more lasers will be used to fade different coloured inks. Because the laser delivers a pinpoint of energy in a very precise beam, our practitioners can trace any design without damaging the surrounding skin.
A initial test treatment will be performed on highly coloured or large tattoos to assess their response to treatment.
Lightening of your tattoo will continue for 5-6 weeks after each treatment. Treatments are repeated at 4 weekly intervals on the face, 6 weekly on the upper body and 8 weekly on the limbs in order to allow your body time to remove previously treated ink. Depending on the nature and size of your tattoo, complete fading may take 6-24 months. The laser is simply helping your body help itself and biological processes take time. Braces, for example, take many months to realign crooked teeth.
Black tattoos respond best and can usually be removed completely. Coloured tattoos may be more resistant and need more treatments, with light coloured inks such as white and yellow being the most difficult to remove completely. Fortunately these lighter colours are also those that blend well with normal skin tones.
Does treatment hurt?
The laser feels like a series of short stings, a bit like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Sensitivity to pain differs from person to person and from site to site on the body. Most clients find that tattoo removal is quicker and less painful that tattoo application. A prescription strength numbing cream applied 45-60 minutes before each treatment usually provide sufficient pain relief, though ice, chilled air, local anaesthetic and/or laughing gas are also available. At completion of your treatment we will soothe the area with ice.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually 6 to 10 treatments are required to remove the average tattoo, with a range of 3 to 20 treatments. The range is wide because each client is different – different immune system, skin type, anatomical location of their tattoo – and each tattoo is different – amateur or professional, black or multi-coloured, different amounts of ink, some tattoos are layered over others and some are associated with low grade scarring and other skin textural changes that make removal more difficult. We will estimate the likely number of treatments you will need by reference to your Kirby-Desai score. You can also work this out for yourself by reference to the original research paper. Kirby-Desai scale for estimating the number of treatments required to remove a tattoo
What do I look like after a tattoo removal treatment?
The treated tattoo will develop a frosted white crust with localised redness and swelling. Spot bleeding and/or blistering may occur depending on the efficiency with which your tattoo absorbs the laser light. Antibacterial ointment and gauze will be applied to minimise the risk of infection. These immediate reaction settles over a few days to a week. You’ll notice gradual fading of your tattoo over the subsequent 6 weeks as your immune system works to eliminate the shattered ink particles.
You should keep the area clean and apply a soothing dressing such as vaseline for the first few days. You can shower the next day, although you must wash the treated area gently. No scrubbing. If a scab forms it is important not pick or scratch it. Just continue to dress it with Vaseline. Avoid exposing your tattoo to the sun during the course of your treatments.
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Consultation & Test patch $60.00
Minimum Cost $100.00
Smaller than a bus card $150.00
1 x Business card size $225.00
2 x business card $250.00
3 x business card $275.00
4 x business card $300.00
5 x business card $350.00
6 x business card $400.00
9 x business card $550.00
11 x business card $700.00
Half Arm Sleeve $500-700
Full Arm Sleeve $1000-1300
All prices include numbing cream or local anaesthetic.
Can dark skin be treated?
Yes. Our lasers can be adjusted to treat dark skin. Dark skinned clients may need additional treatments to achieve the desired outcome.
Can I have just part of my tattoo removed?
Yes. The spot size on our lasers is adjustable, which means we can do very fine work and limit treatment to any portion of your tattoo.
What are the risks?
Any laser treatment involves some risk of textural and colour changes that may be permanent. Whitening of the skin is usually temporary and gradual return to more normal skin tone can be anticipated over 6-12 months. Different coloured inks may be unpredictable in their response to treatment and some have the potential to react unexpectedly in the skin. Some patients achieve only partial clearing even after several sessions. Test patching is always performed on large or multi-coloured tattoos to minimise this risk and to assess likely response.
Is there anyone who is not suitable for tattoo removal using a laser?
Yes. Anyone who is tanned (either natural or artificial), pregnant, has skin cancer or a skin infection, including cold sores, in the area to be treated, has been on Roaccutane for acne within the last 6-12 months or has a history of sensitivity to infra red light is not suitable for treatment.
Skin testing will usually be performed to determine suitability for treatment in those with photosensitive epilepsy, who are on medications that predispose to bruising or light sensitivity, who are prone to keloid scarring, or who have poorly controlled medical conditions especially of the immune or connective tissue systems, or diabetes.
Cosmetic tattoos contain a metallic base that can permanently darken if exposed to laser light and therefore these tattoos are usually not suitable for treatment.