Oops, turns out Mum was right about that tattoo you were insistent on getting all those years ago…. Now, times gone by and you can’t even look at it without cringing, so there’s no doubt that it’s time to get it removed.

So, let’s have a look at what makes tattoos so permanent, and how does this miracle laser treatment work. The tattoo itself is simple – There’s really nothing more to it than knowing that tattoos consist of thousands of particles of tattoo pigment which are suspended under the skin. Usually, normal bodily functions will remove small foreign particles from the skin, however tattoo ink particles are too large to be removed this way, hence the permanent nature. Laser Skin Treatment Melbourne is so effective because it causes these pigment particles to rapidly heat up, which then causes them to break apart into smaller pieces, which are then small enough for the body to remove. Pretty cool, huh!?

But that’s just the “science” behind the ink – probably unlike the moment you chose that particular tattoo or location, your choice of clinic should be a well thought-out decision! In 2013 the news ran a story covering the horrific truth behind tens of thousands of Australians being left scarred for life… these scars occurred because the laser machines used were unregulated, and the beauticians operating them were untrained. One of these patients also had to take antibiotics for the following 9 months after suffering from a serious infection post-removal. It’s bad enough just having tattoo regret, let alone tattoo removal regret! Needless to say, to avoid becoming an alarming statistic and sorry, scarred mess, ensure you have your consultation and procedure carried out at a reputable clinic with regulated machines and highly trained staff. If they don’t have the paperwork (qualifications, certificates etc) to back themselves up, it’s just not worth the risk! Tattoo removal is a lot like getting the tattoo in the sense that not all tattooists are artists, so you’re never guaranteed to get a work of art – be sure to choose your clinic carefully.

When you choose a reputable clinic you also choose the newest techniques which will eliminate your tattoo with little to no side effects. While side effects associated with tattoo removal are minimal, here are some to be aware of:

  • The site of tattoo removal is prone to infection
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Cosmetic tattoos, such as lip liner, eye liner and eyebrows, can darken in some cases.

In most cases anaesthesia is not required during the procedure, however in some cases (depending on the location of the tattoo and the pain threshold of the patient) the specialist may opt to use some form, such as topical anaesthesia.

It’s all well and good to have a miracle cure for those ill-placed, tacky tattoos, but we think it’s best if you avoid tattoo regret altogether! So here are a few handy tips to help you choose a tattoo you’ll love – for life!

  • Think about it – you wouldn’t buy a house without careful thought and consideration, decorating your body with permanent art shouldn’t be any different!
  • Size and placement – Does you particular field of work require you to cover up any tattoos? Is the size of the tattoo proportionate to the area it’s covering?
  • Avoid names and break-up tattoos – as much as you love your partner, if things go south it can be fairly awkward when their name’s still plastered on your chest 3 months later!
  • Choose a reputable artist

For those of you who should have read this article years ago, book an appointment today to discuss your Tattoo Removal in Melbourne.