If you are looking to remove an unwanted tattoo, you are not alone. With 1 in 7 Australians considering options for tattoo removal and with so many options available on the market, it is becoming increasingly important to be well informed and invest in the safest and most effective treatment for you.

Surgical Removal

Surgically removing a tattoo involves cutting out the area of skin that contains the tattoo and bringing the surrounding skin together to close the area. Like any surgical procedure there is a risk in going under the knife and the use of general anaesthesia, which on its own can pose a number of problems for patients due to unknown allergies or common issues. While surgery will remove the tattoo and might only be practical for small tattoos, it will require a significant amount of downtime and healing and can run the risk of an infection and can result in permanent scarring.

Tattoo Removal Creams

Tattoo removal cream is an incredibly sought after option and is popular due to the quick and simple application as well as the accessibility. It is available at most pharmacies and chemists, and is a much cheaper option than surgical or laser removal. However, it is not uncommon for them to contain trichloroacetic acid, the ingredient that encourages the skin to peel and shed, allowing new skin to take its place. While this cream is often used in other treatments it should never be used without a dermatologists approval or supervision. Side effects from using tattoo removal cream are common and can range from redness, rashes, burning, peeling, permanent scarring, skin discolouration or inflammation. Further to this, there is no guarantee that tattoo removal cream will be effective in removing or reducing the appearance of your tattoo.

Laser Removal

Laser removal involves the use of high-intensity light beams that break up the colour pigments deep within the skin. The number of laser treatments you will need depends on the size, colour, age and depth of ink of the tattoo. Laser removal comes with a level of discomfort but one that is tolerable; the non-intrusive procedure eliminates risks that come with infection and allergies. While it can quite often seem like a slow process, it is the most effective and the safest option. It is also important to ensure the authenticity of your chosen provider, as the treatments should not be administered by anyone other than a professional.

PicoSure is the world’s first, fastest and most effective picosecond aesthetic laser. The unparalleled laser technology, using PressureWave virtually shatters the ink into tiny, dust-like particles, which can then be easily eliminated naturally by the body. This allows for better clearance with fewer treatments and no injury to the surrounding skin. PicoSure technology reduces the risk, time, cost and discomfort of the entire process. Our non-invasive PicoSure treatments are both FDA cleared and TGA listed with the ability to treat tattoos with various ink colours, on all skin types, with minimal downtime required.

To get started on removing your tattoo with the safest and most efficient laser technology, arrange a consultation with an expert by contacting your local clinic today!