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Tattoo regret is a common occurrence due to employment concerns, relationship status, and broader personal growth and life changes. Before the popularity of laser tattoo removal in Melbourne, people would resort to a number of other techniques – including dermabrasion, TCA tattoo removal (an acid skin removal), salabrasion (scrubbing the skin with salt) and excision, which is sometimes still used (along with skin grafts) for larger tattoos. TCA tattoo removal in Victoria also remains common.

Thankfully, laser technology has made it possible to remove tattoos – either entirely or partially – at a faster and easier rate.

Dr Ed Omarjee offers tattoo removal in Victoria’s Hoppers Crossing – located close to Werribee and Point Cook. He and his team of laser therapists use technology that meets the industry gold standard for safe and effective laser tattoo removal in Melbourne. Cost is not prohibitive, and the skin is kept completely protected throughout.

Laser treatment can target unwanted ink more effectively than other treatments, breaking it down into smaller particles which can then be absorbed by the body. It usually occurs at intervals of no more than 2 months, or according to a timeframe determined by the doctor or laser therapist.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE?

At our laser tattoo removal clinic, your laser therapist will tell you how long to wait between appointments based on the progress made and your skin type. If you are experiencing discomfort, a cooling or numbing solution can be applied to minimise discomfort. Dr Omarjee and his team may use additional methods during your session as well.

Following Your Procedure:

  • Treated areas may swell somewhat and turn red but usually only for a few hours
  • Between treatments, be sure to keep the area covered and out of the sun
  • Dr Omarjee will give you additional tips for care during your appointment

HOW DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?

Our Melbourne laser tattoo removal clinic uses the Revlite Q-Switched laser. This works to effectively remove unwanted tattoos by delivering specific wavelengths of light at ultra-fast repetition rates to the targeted area.

Once this light enters the deeper layers of the skin, it penetrates and breaks down the colour of the ink in the tattoo. These shattered tiny particles of ink are then able to be absorbed by the body and eliminated by the immune system through natural processes.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I REQUIRE?

The average number of treatments required for tattoo removal in Victoria is between 8 and 15, but it will depend on a number of variables such as ink type, the size of the tattoo, the type of laser used, and lifestyle habits. During your consultation, a practitioner will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a realistic treatment regime to help you achieve the best results.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

When it comes to laser tattoo removal in Melbourne, cost will depend on several factors – including the size of the tattoo and the number of treatments it will require. After your consultation, the practitioner will provide a price estimate for the treatment series.

HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TREATMENTS?

Every patient and tattoo responds differently, but it typically takes between 8 and 12 week*s for the body to absorb the ink particles. Following the recommended post-treatment protocol will likely improve the results and reduce the chance of adverse events.

CAN I HAVE ONLY A PORTION OF MY TATTOO REMOVED?

Yes, some lasers provide precisely enough energy so that a small amount of the tattoo ink can be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo. Check with your clinician to see if this is available in their laser tattoo removal clinic.

CAN I LIGHTEN THE TATTOO TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE PUT ON TOP?

Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. We do recommend that you wait for six week*s between your last treatment and having the new tattoo completed.

DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL HURT?

One hour before treatment, a topical anaesthetic cream can be applied to the area. This will minimise any discomfort during the treatment. Most clients describe the feeling as a hot elastic band being flicked onto the skin. Our laser tattoo removal clinic also maximises patient comfort by using a thermal cooling device (Zimmer) to apply cold air to the skin.

WILL I BLISTER AND SCAB AFTERWARDS?

Blisters and scabs can be a normal response to tattoo removal. Keep the skin covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring.

DOES MEDICARE OR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE TREATMENTS?

Medicare and private health insurance companies will not cover laser tattoo removal since it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?

  • Whitening of the tattoo or blanching (hypopigmentation)
  • Darkening of the tattoo (hyperpigmentation)
  • Redness and slight swelling
  • Itching
  • Bruising
  • Blistering
  • Pinpoint bleeding
  • Scabbing
  • Scarring

WHAT COLOURS CAN WE TREAT?

The DOC laser tattoo removal clinic uses the latest medical-grade technology (Revlite) which has four wavelengths (1064nm, 532nm, 585nm and 650nm), meaning we can treat most colours. Colours such as green, sky blue and purple (for example) can be the most difficult to remove.

WHAT DO I DO BEFORE TREATMENT?

Before your treatment at The DOC laser tattoo removal clinic, it is important to keep out of the sun for a minimum of four week*s. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, and reducing/stopping smoking and alcohol consumption. We want to ensure that the immune system is not overly taxed during this time, as the body needs to break down and absorb the ink particles. The healthier you are, the more effective this process will be.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER TREATMENT?

  • For 24-48 hours after your treatment, you must apply Bepanthen cream and a soothing agent such as Aspect Gold-Post Treatment Balm.
  • A non-stick dressing may be applied at our laser tattoo removal clinic, and is to be kept on the area for the first 24-48 hours. This cream may be removed if no scabbing or blistering is present.
  • It is important that you do not pick at any crusting that may form on the area.
  • Apply at least an SPF 30+ daily to areas exposed to the sun.
  • You must avoid applying heat to the area that may lead to excessive sweating (hot showers, saunas, spas, excessive exercise, etc.)
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Reduce or stop smoking and drinking, as this will assist with the elimination of ink particles.

How Soon Can I Get My Tattoo Removed After Having It Done?

Due to the skin trauma involved in having the tattoo itself, it is advised that you wait a minimum of 6-12 months before your first laser tattoo removal treatment. This waiting period will help prevent any adverse side effects such as scarring, post-inflammatory pigmentation, or allergic reactions.

Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?

Previous methods of tattoo removal included scraping or freezing the epidermis. These methods often left severe and unsightly scarring. Laser tattoo removal using the Revlite Q-Switched Nd: YAG is one of the safest and most effective options available. All of our staff at The DOC Clinic are laser safety certified for tattoo removal and carefully monitored by Dr Ed Omarjee.

If you have been regretting your tattoo, now is the time to do something about it. Please contact The DOC laser tattoo removal clinic to book in your consultation so we can assess your desired treatment area and discuss a treatment plan that is right for you.

For more information on our laser tattoo removal in Melbourne, cost concerns, or any other details you require, please contact us at our Hoppers Crossing clinic, conveniently situated for Werribee and Point Cook patients.

* Results will vary from person to person and with various degrees of efficacy.

Pricing

Tattoo Removal (Black Ink) Starting From $100

* Multi Colour Tattoo – add 10% to prices

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