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Tattoo Removal

When a tattoo is applied, ink molecules are deposited into the dermis layer of the skin through ruptures in the skin’s top layer. The body’s natural cleaning system recognises these ink molecules as ‘impurities’ but it cannot remove them due to the size and density of these molecules. Also, since the dermis doesn’t shed skin cells like the epidermis (upper layer) the colours remain stable and fade very little over time. Hence their permanency.

The safest method of Tattoo Removal is with the aid of a Q-Switched Laser. These lasers work by producing very short pulses of intense light at a specific wavelength, that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles which can then be removed by the body’s immune system. The laser is able to selectively target the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin by colour matching the wavelength of light to the ink pigment.

Tattoos can be treated with a wide variety of other methods but, in many cases, the often painful procedures induced scars which were more unsightly than the tattoo itself. Some of these methods include:

  • Fade creams – Marketed to be able to fade your tattoo over time, non of these products have shown to aid in the fading of tattoos in a clinical setting. This is due to the structure of the cream compound and it’s inability to reach the second, deeper dermis layer of skin. The result is usually a discolouration or scarring of the skin and no fading to the tattoo.
  • Dermabrasion The skin is “sanded” with a high speed abrasive tool to remove the surface and middle layers of the skin. This method results in scarring to the tattooed area and a lengthy down time.
  • Salabrasion – Similar to Dermabrasion, the skin is abraded using moist gauze pads saturated with a salt solution. This very old method is extremely risky as it can lead to infection and excessive scarring.
  • Excision – A surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel and closes the wound with stitches. In some cases involving large tattoos, a skin graft from another part of the body may be necessary. This method is expensive but may be suitable for the quick removal of smaller tattoos. The resulting wound and stitches will leave scarring.

Q-Switched Lasers have become the standard and most sought after procedure for tattoo removal because they offer a bloodless, low risk, effective alternative with minimal risk of scarring and side effects.

Patients with previously treated tattoos may also be candidates for laser therapy. Tattoos that have not been effectively removed by other procedures or through home remedies may respond well to laser therapy providing the prior procedures did not result in excessive scarring.

Laser Tattoo Removal

At the Cosmetic Medical Clinic, we provide the best standard of Laser Tattoo Removal in Sydney with the Fotona QX Max Q-Switched Laser. The Fotona QX Max is the safest and most powerful system in the world for the removal of Tattoos. Our clinic in Sydney is proud to be able to offer this amazing Laser Tattoo Removal system to our patients.

Fotona QX Max – The safest and most powerful Q-Switched laser in the world

To enquire about Laser Tattoo Removal at the Cosmetic Medical Clinic Sydney, call 02 9211 6916 or fill out the form below to send us an online enquiry. We would love the opportunity to organise an obligation and fee free consultation.


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