Laser Cosmetic Tattoo Removal Sydney NSW

Cosmetic Tattoo Removal

Cosmetic tattooing of eyebrows, eyeliner and lips may need to be removed for various reasons including incorrect colour, wrong shape or area, “smudging of ink” or allergy to the tattoo ink.

What are the unique risks when removing cosmetic tattoos?

  1. Colour changing of red, brown or white ink to a black/grey colour when starting laser treatment. This change of colour will persist until all of the ink is removed. This could be a particular problem for removing red lip tattoo, so for these cases we may use non- Q-switched lasers like carbon dioxide or erbium laser for the best results.
  2. Damage can occur if the eye is not properly protected. We ensure your eye is safe by the use of a metal globe shield during laser treatment.
  3. There can be a very slow response to laser treatment, especially if metallic oxide inks were used.
  4. Scarring risk is increased. The areas cosmetic tattoos are applied to are generally thinner skin and hence more prone to scarring.

How many treatments will it take?

The number of treatments cannot be predicted accurately as many factors affect the removal process such as the types of ink used, amount of ink deposited, depth of ink, scarring from tattooing, your skin type and your body’s immune response to the treatment.

For example, a simple black eyebrow tattoo may just need 2-4 sessions, yet if some brown pigment was added it could take 4-8 sessions or more.

Is the laser painful?

Most people will have a local anaesthetic applied to the area before the treatment, as it can be quite painful without.

Is there any downtime after laser treatment?

Yes, because of the areas cosmetic tattooing is done you can expect swelling, bruising and dark brown crusting to develop after the treatment. It usually takes 1-2 weeks to return to normal.

Who will do my laser treatment?

At Áda Aesthetic Medicine only experienced doctors will assess and complete all of your treatments. Our clinic does not employ nurses or “technicians” to do any laser treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some issues with removing a tattoo?

Removing a tattoo can be a complex process and may involve several potential issues. Here are some common issues associated with tattoo removal:

1. Incomplete removal: Some tattoos may not be fully removed due to factors like size, colour, and depth of the ink.

2. Skin discolouration: Tattoo removal can cause temporary or permanent changes in skin pigmentation, especially in darker skin tones.

3. Scarring: Aggressive removal methods can potentially lead to scarring, although it is less common with laser removal.

4. Pain and discomfort: Tattoo removal procedures, including laser treatments, can cause pain and discomfort.

5. Multiple sessions: Tattoo removal often requires multiple sessions spaced apart, which can be time-consuming and costly.

6. Allergic reactions: Some individuals may experience allergic reactions to tattoo removal procedures.

Remember to consult with a qualified professional to discuss the specific risks and benefits of tattoo removal based on your situation.

Who shouldn't get tattoo removal?

Individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have certain medical conditions, dark skin tones, unrealistic expectations, or have active skin infections or open wounds may not be suitable candidates for tattoo removal. Consulting with a professional is important to assess suitability based on individual circumstances.

Does tattoo removal leave a scar?

Tattoo removal procedures, especially laser treatments, generally have a low risk of scarring. However, there is still a possibility of developing scars, especially for individuals prone to keloids or hypertrophic scars. Proper technique, laser settings, and post-treatment care can help minimise scarring. Consulting with a professional can provide guidance on reducing the risk of scarring during tattoo removal.

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Glebe Practice

  • Phone 02 9552 1442
  • Address 88 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
  • Opening Hours
    Monday9:30am to 4:30pm
    Tuesday9:30am to 4:30pm
    Wednesday10:00am to 6:00pm
    Thursday9:30am to 4:30pm
    Friday9:30am to 4:30pm
    Saturday9:30am to 3:30pm

Our Glebe practice is easily accessible by train and bus. There is metered street parking available.

Wollongong Consult Room

  • Phone 1300 651 149
  • Address 332 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

Dr Peter Muzikants only travels to Wollongong twice a month and takes consultations there on Thursdays. If you'd like to request a consultation in Wollongong, please ensure you select the right location when enquiring.