Cosmetic Medical Clinic offers the combined laser tattoo removal procedures that uses the Q-Switch and EXEL02 Co2 laser. The Combined procedures of Q-Switch and Co2 are the safest and most dynamic systems in the world. The Q-Switch system removes tattoos by breaking the ink into smaller particles which are able to be removed by the body’s immune system. The Co2 laser on the other hand is a German-engineered technology and is recognised as the gold standard of carbon dioxide lasers due to its ability to remove ink from the surface of the skin. Furthermore, this combined procedure allows a series of benefits including the reduction of pain level, a faster healing rate and removal of ink, no blisters, and a reduced number of treatments required. Since the dermis does not shed skin cells like the epidermis (upper layer), the colours remain stable and fade very little over time. Hence their permanency.
The use of Q-Switched lasers for tattoo removal procedures has proven to be by far the safest and most effective method available today, due to the lack of disturbance to the tissue surrounding the ink pigment in the skin.
Other methods used include salabrasion and dermabrasion (‘sanding’), injections, skin grafting, burning or the actual cutting out of the tattoo. However, these methods are invasive, painful, show a much greater risk of infection, and usually result in unsightly scarring. Moreover, their effectiveness is dramatically lower than that of the Fotona QX Max laser – making it the safest, most effective and obvious choice for tattoo removal.
The Fotona QX MAX system is the most advanced Q-switch laser on the market today. It delivers the highest energy in a single nanosecond pulse of any laser available. This enables a large powerful spot size for deeper penetration, consequently increasing the efficacy and safety of the treatment. Its even beam profile allows for the even distribution of light energy across the treated area, minimising epidermal damage and making the Fotona QX Max ideal for removing all common tattoo colours with a dramatically increased efficiency compared to other outdated methods.
Cosmetic Medical Clinic is also the only clinic in Australia that provides a dual treatment using both the Fotona Q-Switch laser and EXELO2 Co2 Fractional Laser. This method has been proven to provide faster and more superior clearance for tattoos and offers a safer treatment with reduced risks.
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FAQS – Single Treatment
What effect does the ink colour have on the Q-Switch treatment?
The colour of your tattoo will play a large role in determining how easy it will be to remove. Dark colours such as black, blue and red are the easiest to remove. Lighter colours such as purple and orange will fade significantly whereas yellows and greens are the most difficult to treat and will require more treatments for significant fading. This applies to all Q-Switched Lasers.
How many treatments will I need to remove my tattoo using single treatment?
The cost and number of laser tattoo removal treatments will depend on the amount, colour and type of tattoo ink, the depth of tattoo ink into the skin, location and the method of the tattoo application. Professional tattoos may require ten or more treatments, while self-applied tattoos may fade after only a few procedures. Laser tattoo removal prices will also vary according to each individual case. Tattoos located on the extremities, such as the fingers and ankles, generally take the longest to clear. Each treatment will be spaced between 5 – 9 weeks apart to allow for maximum clearance of the treated pigment.
What does the Q-Switch laser procedure feel like?
The sensation of having a tattoo removed using the Q-Switch laser is akin to being flicked with a rubber band. It is not pleasant but usually very short-lived, usually only taking a few minutes. We can provide topical anaesthetic and cold air chilling using our Zimmer Cryo System which help to minimise the discomfort. These options are especially helpful when treating larger tattoos.
Will there be any scarring?
The vast majority of patients who undergo laser tattoo removal procedures at our Sydney clinic do not develop any scarring. It is, however, impossible to guarantee that no scarring will occur given the enormous differences between individuals. Some people may experience minor textural change on areas treated by tattoo removal lasers. If you have any evidence that your healing capacity makes you especially prone to bad scarring, please bring this to our attention. Alternatively, EXELO2 Co2 Fractional Skin Resurfacing is used for removing scars. The end result is 100% tattoo removal with no scars.
FAQS - Combined Treatments
What is the tattoo removal combined treatment?
The combined treatment uses the Q-Switch and EXELO2 Co2 lasers that have been proven to provide faster and superior clearance for tattoo removal, making it safer with reduced risks. The combined treatment promises a reduced level of pain, faster healing rate, faster removal of ink, no blisters and a reduced number of treatments.
What does the combined treatment procedure feel like?
The Co2 laser is painless due to the effect of the anaesthetic cream plus the added benefit of reducing the heat whilst the laser is breaking the particles under the skin. During this procedure, the Co2 creates micro injuries allowing the heat to escape reducing the pain level. The Q-Switch has the sensation of a rubber band being flicked against your skin as the heat is being released from below the skin’s surface, leaving minimal discomfort.
How does the EXEL02 Co2 laser and Q-Switch laser remove tattoos?
The EXELO2 Co2 Laser works by creating a micro injury on the skin in order to lift all of the coloured ink up to the surface. Once the skin has healed and scabs have fallen off, the ink colour is then removed.
The Q-Switch Laser works on the principle of selective photothermolysis, delivering a selected wavelength of light in an extremely short period of time at a very high energy level. This allows for the energy to selectively target specific tattoo pigments with minimal disruption to the surrounding tissue, causing the tattoo pigment to shatter into smaller ink particles which can be removed by the body’s immune system over the space of several weeks.
How many treatment will I need to remove my tattoo using combined treatments?
The number of treatments for the combined treatment depends on the colour of the tattoo ink used and the depth of the ink. The tattoo will usually be removed within five sessions using the combined treatments.
FAQS – Other
Do you provide the R20 Method?
The R20 method is based on multiple passes of the laser over the treatment area with a 20-minute interval in between passes. There is not sufficient evidence to show that the R20 method can provide better results. The original study of the R20 method only used a small amount of patients with amateur tattoos being treated with a relatively weak laser. If you have had this method in the past and wish to have it at our Sydney clinic, we would be more than happy to do so. Our practitioners all have extensive experience in tattoo removal including the use of the R20 method. In all other cases, with the use of our powerful Fotona QX Max system, we find it unnecessary.
What is the cost of tattoo removal?
The cost of tattoo removal at Sydney’s Cosmetic Medical Clinic are calculated by surface area and the type of procedure used. If you want multiple tattoos removed in the same session, we will simply calculate the total combined surface area for each treatment method to work out the cost of tattoo removal. The calculation we use to provide quotation are as follows:
Fotona Q-Switch – $100 + $1 per square cm (per treatment)
EXELO2 CO2 Laser – $100 + $1 per square cm (per treatment)
Rough examples based on size:
Australian 20 cent piece = $110
Australian drivers licence = $150
1/2 A4 piece of paper = $315
A4 piece of paper = $730
*The prices above are indicative of a single treatment using the Co2 Laser/Q-Switch Laser only. Your tattoo removal cost may vary and the final price will be provided during your consultation.
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