Tattoo Removal Treatment
Q-Switch Laser Treatment
The use of Q-Switch 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.
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.
Cosmetic Medical Clinic is the only clinic in Australia that provides a dual treatment using both the Fotona Q-Switch laser and EXELO2 Co2 Fractional Laser. This dynamic method has been proven to provide faster and more superior clearance for tattoos and offers a safer treatment with reduced risks.
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 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.
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.
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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.
What does the combined treatment procedure feel like?
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. The Co2 laser will also be painless due to the effect of the topical anaesthetic and the cold air chilling using our Zimmer Cryo System that we provide to minimise the discomfort. These options are especially helpful when treating larger tattoos.
How many treatments will I need to remove my tattoo using single treatment?
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.
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.
What is the cost of tattoo removal?
The costs of tattoo removal at CMC 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:
Fotana 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.
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.