At Adelaide Plastic Surgery we are pleased to be home to one of the largest range of medical grade lasers in Australia. When it comes to tattoo regret, we understand the process of having it removed might seem daunting. Thanks to our Enlighten Picosecond Laser, the process has never been simpler. Enlighten is an advanced laser system with, industry leading Picosecond technology, designed to safely and efficiently remove your tattoo.
How does Tattoo Removal work?
The Enlighten laser works by targeting the ink particles in your tattoo using specific pulse durations and various wavelengths of light energy. During treatment the light energy from the laser is absorbed by the tattoo. This vibrates and shatters the ink particles, causing them to break into tiny micro-particles. These particles are then small enough to be reabsorbed by the body’s lymphatic (cleaning) system, in turn fading the tattoo.
What makes our laser different?
A common concern when it comes to tattoo removal is the lengthy process that was previously expected with older technology. Unlike traditional ‘q-switch’ removal methods, the Enlighten laser has the ability to remove your tattoo up to three times as fast, thanks to its dual pulse technology.
Enlighten has the unique ability to achieve pulse durations between 750 and 2 nanoseconds, a technology not possible with any other laser on the market. Offering both Pico and Nano pulses, the Enlighten Laser allows our nurses to match pulse duration to ink particle size, resulting in a more complete and faster clearance of your tattoo to be achieved.
Some tattoos are comprised of multi-colours, which require multiple wavelengths to be removed effectively. The Enlighten features three fully integrated laser wavelengths, which is especially advantageous in the effective removal of multi coloured tattoos.
At Adelaide Plastic Surgery we offer complimentary, no obligation consultations with our experienced laser nurses for our tattoo removal patients. During this consultation your laser nurse will assess your tattoo and discuss a treatment plan specific to you and provide you with an estimate cost. We recommend that you allow 15-30 minutes for this consultation. Please keep this in mind when organising parking so that you don’t feel the need to rush. There is the possibility for your treatment to be done on the same day, depending on the availability of the laser.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the type of tattoo and colours involved. Generally speaking, tattoo removal can be achieved after six to ten treatments, with some patients noting significant results after just three to four. Treatments are spaced at ten to twelve week intervals, which is essential in order to allow the body time to naturally eliminate the broken ink particles.
What can I expect after my treatment?
Immediately post treatment the area will appear ‘frosted’ and may feel a bit like sunburn. We will apply a dressing to the area, and an ice pack to help minimise any discomfort. You may need to continue to change your dressing anywhere from a few days to up to two weeks, and clean the area with mild soap and water. Over the coming weeks you may experience some scabbing and blistering in the area, both of which are very normal. We advise to keep the area out of the sun for best possible results.
What are the possible complications?
Whilst this laser is very safe, in some cases it may cause hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) or hypopigmentation (skin lightening). To guard against this we may perform a patch test and monitor the area for 4-6 weeks before initial treatment.
Tattoo removal treatments vary depending on the size of the area needing to be treated. We are pleased to offer complimentary, no obligation consultations with our laser nurses where you can discuss your treatment plan and be given an estimate for your specific treatment.
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If you are ready to book your initial consultation, please book online or call us to book with one of our helpful team members. We’ll be pleased to help you start your journey.
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