Tattoo Removal FAQ

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Tattoo removal using the laser works by a process called selective photothermolysis, where a concentrated beam of light passes through the upper layers of the skin and targets specific tattoo colours that lie in the deeper layers of your skin.  The idea is to protect your upper skin but to target the dense ink of the tattoo.

The intense energy laser shatters the tattoo ink into smaller particles which your body's immune system gradually removes over several weeks to months.  It is a combination of both laser technology and your immune system that gives the final outcome.

Which laser does Unink use for laser tattoo removal?

We prefer the Pastelle laser due to the fact that it has variable wavelengths.  Each colour needs to be targeted with a selected wavelength, for example, black tattoo ink is more easily removed using the 1064 wavelength, while red uses the 532 wavelength.  One of the hardest colours to remove is green. Choosing the correct wavelength for your ink colour is essential for the best outcomes, with the least amount of treatments.

What is a tattoo cover up?

A tattoo cover up is essentially removing parts of your tattoo.  This can be either faded or completely removed.  Our Unink laser technicians will often work with tattoo artists in order to fade a current tattoo and obtain a newer tattoo.  Alternatively, we can remove only parts of a tattoo as required.

Is laser tattoo removal painful?

We’d be lying if we said no!

Laser tattoo removal is more painful than getting inked in the first place, however, the process of tattoo removal is extremely quick.  A small tattoo can be removed in a matter of a few seconds.

Unink uses several methods to help reduce pain, including the use of a Zimmer cooler to protect the overlying skin and distract the pain.

Our goal is to achieve maximum patient comfort during the tattoo removal process.

How often and how many treatments does it take to remove a tattoo?

We often recommend that patients come back at intervals ranging between six to eight weeks.  This is basically due to your immune system.  While the laser itself shatters the ink, it is your body's immune system that carries fragments away.  The larger the tattoo, the more treatments are needed.  Other variables such as ink colour and location of the tattoo also play an important role in regard to how many treatments are needed.

Do we treat cosmetic tattoos?

Although exceptions can be made and test spots conducted, we don’t generally treat cosmetic tattoos. This is because treating cosmetic tattoos with iron or titanium oxides can cause oxidation of flesh coloured tattoos.

This means lasers change the molecule of the ink, making this area black.

We then use a 1064 nm laser to treat this black ink. Treatments can be unpredictable, which is why we don’t recommend treating cosmetic tattoos.

What is the cost of laser tattoo removal?

Tattoos are as unique as you.  On this basis, we will tailor our prices to suit your tattoo. 

Not only is Unink one of the most experienced tattoo removal clinics in Brisbane, we are also extremely competitively priced. 

We will beat any competitor’s price by 20%.

Please call or visit us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Unink is proud to provide a free tattoo removal service for radiation marker tattoo patients.

Can partially treated tattoos from another clinic be treated by us?

Absolutely, in fact, many of our clients are dissatisfied customers from other tattoo removal clinics. 

At Unink we pride ourselves on being medical grade laser specialists rather than a cosmetic clinic.  We approach laser tattoo removal both ethically but most importantly medically, ensuring that safety is of the utmost importance. 

Our Pastelle laser enables multiple wavelengths that can selectively target stubborn ink colour, thus achieving better end results.  

How is Unink different from other clinics which provided laser tattoo removal?

The Unink team are trained by Dr. Davin Lim, one of the World’s leading laser dermatologists.  Dr. Davin Lim has provided extensive research into the removal of tattoos as well as written numerous papers and presented internationally on tattoo removal.  Dr. Lim’s tattoo removal teaching is unique – the team are taught how to use prognostic factors to determine safety, but also the number of treatments required for tattoo removal/fading. 

Who can not undertake laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal cannot be undertaken if you are pregnant, or if you have a history of tattoo ink allergies. Patients who have active infections, tanning or scratches on the tattoo site are also exempted from tattoo removal while affected.

It is important to notify Unink if you have had a history of gold ingestion for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Patients who have a history of keloid scarring are unable to safely undertake laser tattoo removal.

Are there any other methods to safely remove an unwanted tattoo?

Yes, if your tattoo is small and lies within certain tension lines, surgical excision by a plastic surgeon is a feasible option. Larger tattoos may require serial excision. The surgical scar can be further reduced by fractional CO2 laser resurfacing by Dr. Davin Lim.

At Unink we work with top specialists in various fields, including plastic and laser dermatologist to find solutions to removing your tattoo and treating tattoo related problems.

What is the first step in getting my tattoo removed?

To begin your tattoo removal process, simply book in for an obligation free consultation.

Our professional Unink team we will assess your tattoo and take a full medical history prior to removal. Additionally, we will give you an accurate quote and predict the number of treatments required to remove your unwanted ink.