Tattoo Removal Procedure
How many sessions will I need?
Tattoos are as individual as you! At your initial complimentary consultation, our professional team will help determine the estimated number of treatments required for your tattoo removal.
The number of sessions required will depend on a number of factors including:
- Complete removal
- Partial removal (faded)
- Immune system
- Skin type
- Tattoo colour
- Tattoo complexity
- Tattoo size
- Tattoo location
At Unink our ultimate goal is to guide our customers to their best tattoo removal option.
The training, knowledge and experience of our specialist laser team will help give you an accurate idea of the number of treatments required for complete or partial tattoo removal.
Tattoo Removal Preparation
At Unink, our lasers are both safe and highly effective in removing unwanted ink.
As laser tattoo removal is a permanent process, careful consideration of your tattoo removal is recommended. Change of mind and retouching your tattoo after the process has commenced is possible but not recommended.
Best tattoo removal or fading results will be achieved with a clear mind and appropriate preparation.
Part of the preparation process is considering and determining your tattoo removal options:
- Complete removal
- Partial removal
- Partially faded in preparation for a new cover-up tattoo.
Our professional team can help you in your decision and appropriate preparation required.
After deciding on your tattoo removal option, the Unink team will provide you with a preparation routine before commencing the procedure. Preparation includes:
- Photographs of tattoo taken
- Formal medical history acquired and medical consent form signed
- Consultation to determine specific treatment areas
- Treatment areas marked for confirmation
The laser removal process can take anywhere from a few seconds for a small radiation/dot tattoo, to up to half an hour for a half sleeve tattoo. We recommend breaks to minimise pain for larger tattoos.
Preparation in the weeks before your laser tattoo removal focuses on keeping your overlying skin intact. This includes avoiding contact sport or other activities that may result in grazing or bruising the epidermis (upper skin), no spray tans, and avoiding the sun for two weeks prior (and two weeks after) the tattoo removal procedure. Certain medications should also be avoided prior to tattoo removal. Our team will advise you of such medications in your initial consultation.
Sun avoidance and the use of spray tans is important as lasers use selective photothermolysis, a process where each tattoo colour is treated with a particular wavelength of light. Your skin produces pigments – melanin – and fake tans or competitive melanin from sun exposure means your pigment will use laser light and energy that reduces the effectiveness of the process. Heat and energy from the lasers can also produce post inflammatory hyperpigmentation – tattoo darkening – however, this will fade after several weeks.
Particular medications such as fish oil or aspirin, which may encourage bleeding or bruising, should be avoided for three days prior to your tattoo removal procedure. The Unink team will consult with you regarding medications in your initial consultation.
Cold sore sufferers are encouraged to take prophylactic medication prior to the tattoo removal process to eliminate spreading to the treatment area.
If you have a history of scarring, we recommend a test patch to avoid an increased chance of scarring, including raised scars, due to the tattoo removal procedure.
The Unink team are one of the few specialist tattoo removal clinics in Brisbane who consider and conduct tattoo removal as a medical procedure rather than a cosmetic one, ensuring your ink is removed effectively, safely and to the highest standards.
Free For Cancer Patients
Free laser Tattoo Removal
The Unink team strongly believe in giving back to the community.
As a medical rather than cosmetic based clinic, we understand the needs of medical patients and cancer sufferers.
The majority of our laser trained practitioners have worked with cancer patients undertaking radiation therapy in Oncology units. Radiation therapy involves the use of permanent skin markers, where the radiated area is marked with an outline or dot known as a radiation tattoo.
The number of dots or radiation tattoos varies, but is commonly between three to six, with usual areas being the chest wall area, abdomen, and neck.
The tattoo is usually black in colour and the substance is carbon. It is a semi-professional tattoo, with each tattoo measuring approximately 2 to 4 mm in diameter and is placed in the middle layer of the skin. The process of tattooing is permanent.
After completion of radiation treatment, these tattoos aren’t required. Most patients undertake a series of fractional laser treatments over a period of two to six months. Although the radiation tattoo is permanent, Unink value the psychology of a permanent tattoo of this type, and understand the distress it can cause to clients.
It is for these reasons that Unink decided to provide a free service to patients, and hospitals such as the Wesley Breast Clinic regularly utilise our services for breast cancer survivor patients, aware our procedure is medically performed under the guidance of a specialist dermatologist and usually takes only around 45 seconds to 60 seconds to complete.
Radiation tattoos will generally require two to seven treatments. Most are considered semi-professional, placed in the mid layer of the skin, and not as dense as professional tattoos using an ink gun. For this reason, the number of treatments required to remove or fade the tattoo is markedly less than a professional tattoo.
Realistically, the tattoo removal process can be painful, however, we use the Zimmer Cooler to help alleviate the pain and the radiation tattoo removal procedure takes only up to a minute.
Laser tattoo removal has been proven to be 100% safe, and it has been proven over many decades that there are no increased incidents of cancer following treatment.
The Unink team empathise that radiation tattoos can be a constant reminder of a previous condition you fought and won. We have a duty of care within the community and are extremely proud to offer this free service for all patients living in Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.