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Considering Tattoo Removal? Everything you need to knowbefore taking the plunge

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Tattoos have become increasingly popular, especially in recent years. Showing off body art has slowly become more acceptable in society, and millennials are more open to tattoos compared to previous generations. Of course, more tattoos equals more “tattoo regret”. As such, it’s not very surprising to know that 3 in 10 (almost 31%) Australians with a tattoo end up regretting the decision at a later point and are considering getting it removed. According to No Ink, which specialises in both laser and non-laser tattoo removal solutions, “the demand for tattoo removal has surged over 440% in the last decade, making it a highly in-demand profession.”

Reasons for regret

There are many reasons people regret getting inked in the first place. We’ve all had those drunken nights when we’ve considered maybe getting a tattoo, and these impulsive decisions can lead to regret. Some people get inked to commemorate their relationships with significant others, but what happens when that relationship doesn’t work out in the end?

More than that, some people may find it challenging to get accepted in a specific career, or they find themselves getting passed up for a promotion. Some just want to remove a previous tattoo to make way for newer and more modern designs. 

Is it hard to get a tattoo removed?

Due to the lack of discussions on it, there are a few prevailing misconceptions regarding tattoo removals. The most common ones are that it’s crazy expensive and excruciatingly painful. But with the rise in popularity of this procedure, it’s fast becoming more accessible, and new technology is developed to address the different concerns.

Laser for tattoo removal has replaced older and more invasive methods such as dermabrasion, chemical peels or skin graft surgery, as it’s more effective and less painful.

Whilst the procedure can still cause some discomfort, it passes very quickly and can be easily addressed with a topical numbing cream or ice applied to the area prior to treatment, to reduce any pain. 

How do tattoo removal lasers work?

Tattoo removal lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigments with a high-intensity light beam. Black pigment is the easiest to treat as it absorbs all wavelengths, while the other colours can only be treated by selected lasers based on the pigment colour. The most difficult pigments to get rid of are green and yellow.

One of the most effective are the Q-Switched laser tattoo removal devices, such as the TriBeam. This scientifically advanced, quality-switched laser is non-invasive and can be used for advanced and rapid tattoo removal, treatment of pigmentation and freckles, and more. Known for its lesser contact with the skin, it does not damage the surrounding tissues

and therefore prevents any unwanted side effects and scarring. The Q-switched laser can also simultaneously target different tattoo shades, from black to lighter colours, such as yellow and green.

What happens in the initial consultation?

Most tattoo removal providers offer free initial consultations, whereby your tattoo can be assessed, and the process thoroughly explained. You will have the opportunity to discuss cost, the predicted number of treatments required and the frequency, as well as talking through the aftercare. This will also give you the opportunity to ask any other niggling

questions you may have.

How many sessions are required?

Whilst it is difficult to accurately predict the number of treatments necessary, most professionally-done tattoos will require at least 6-12 treatments to remove entirely, depending on the size, type, depth, colour and quality of the ink used in the tattoo. Gaps of 4-6 weeks between treatments is recommended, to allow the area time to adequately heal properly.

How much does it cost?

Again, price will depend on the size, colour and ink quality of the tattoo - but will usually start anywhere from $70-$100 for a smaller area. Packages are almost always available, with discounts offered for multiple tattoos, repeat clients and extra large areas, for example a full arm sleave. Your provider will provide you with a quote at your initial appointment.

Buying sessions together in bulk upfront will not only reduce the overall cost, but also has the added incentive encourage completing the process, rather than stopping at the mid-way point.

What happens afterwards?

Afterwards the area will feel similar to a mild sunburn. A cold compress applied when you get home should help to relieve any itching or discomfort, aloe vera gel is also very effective at soothing the area. Your provider will provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions, including avoiding hot showers and heavy exercise for at least 48 hours post-


Where can I have my tattoo removed?

Tattoo removal is now accessible in spas, salons, dermatology clinics, tattoo removal studios and even some tattoo parlours. To learn more about professional tattoo removal, Tribeam or to find a treatment specialist in your local area, contact beauty salon suppliers The Global Beauty Group on (03) 8555 2246.


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