Perth Tattoo Removal

Colour tattoo removal

There is a misconception that blue, green, and purple inks are difficult to remove with laser tattoo removal. However, our clinic has invested in advanced technology that can effectively remove the ink of any colour on any skin type efficiently.

The most effective lasers for removing coloured tattoos

Our lasers effectively remove blue, green, purple, and corresponding tattoos and permanent shades of black that other clinics may struggle to remove altogether.

Each client’s tattoo is unique and requires multiple laser wavelengths to remove all unwanted ink, regardless of colour. Our goal is to remove tattoos successfully through laser removal.

Tattoo pigments have varying abilities to absorb different wavelengths of light, so a tattoo removal clinic needs to have the appropriate wavelengths for the effective removal of specific tattoo ink.

The goal is absorption. Tattoo removal breaks up ink particles in the skin. The immune system carries away the particles, causing the tattoo to fade. The laser directs light energy towards the ink. The ink particles absorb the energy and break down into tiny fragments.

If the tattoo ink does not absorb the laser’s light, it is likely because an ineffective wavelength has been used, resulting in the ink not fragmenting and the tattoo not being removed. 

Which lasers effectively remove blue, green, and purple tattoo colours?

We use 1064 nm and 875 nm lasers to treat blue, green, and purple tattoos. The 1064 nm wavelength removes dark spots or “dirt” in the tattoo. The 1064 nm wavelength is effective for blue and green inks with darker pigments. It is essential to use the appropriate energy level safe for your skin. To target lighter shades of blue and green, we use wavelengths of 730 and 785 nm.

When tattoos are removed, they can change colour. The laser breaks down large ink particles into small fragments, causing the tattoo to appear darker initially. However, as 10-12 treatments are completed, the tattoo gradually fades. On average, it takes 3-5 treatments to fade a tattoo. If you want to fade ink for a tattoo cover-up, please visit our tattoo page.

We will evaluate the tattoo’s response during each appointment to determine the most suitable wavelength. Tattoo ” frosting” may occur, causing a white ” frost” on the tattoo’s surface. This indicates that the ink is breaking down into small particles for removal. 

A Note About Wavelengths

Other wavelengths, specifically 585nm and 650nm, are used for tattoo removal. While these wavelengths may be effective in theory for removing blue and green inks, they do not have the same energy as the 1064nm and 875nm wavelengths.

Be cautious of clinics that claim to remove your blue, green, or purple tattoo using specific wavelengths, as they may not be able to thoroughly remove it despite starting the removal process.

We have the technology to remove tattoo colours altogether. 

Laser technologies can remove coloured tattoos effectively

Neodymium (Nd: YAG) Laser

  • Application: Top technology for coloured tattoo removal.
  • Effectiveness: Efficient in removing most shades, particularly effective on warm colours like black, grey, and red.
  • Skin Suitability: Ideal for people with dark skin due to a lower risk of hyperpigmentation 

PicoWay Laser

  • Technology: Advanced, used for tattoo removal.
  • Capabilities: Effective on all tattoo colours, including difficult ones. Breaks down ink into smaller particles for more straightforward elimination by the immune system.
  • Versatility: Known for removing many tattoo colours and ink types. 

Ruby Laser

  • Mechanism: Utilizes a synthetic ruby rod, emitting red light.
  • Efficacy: Excellently removes dark inks such as black and blue. Red and green pigments pose more challenges and may need multiple sessions for removal. 

Alexandrite Laser

  • Advancement: More advanced than Nd: YAG and Ruby lasers.
  • Specialization: Highly effective in removing tattoos with blue, black, and green inks. Works on both professional and amateur tattoos. 

Erbium Laser

  • Usage: Various skin treatments, including tattoo removal.
  • Method: Emits short infrared energy pulses targeting the top skin layer, encouraging new skin growth.
  • Consideration: Treatment requirements vary based on tattoo colours.

Tattoo Removal Techniques and Color Specifics

The Neodymium (Nd: YAG) laser is widely recognized as the most sophisticated and secure technique for erasing tattoos, proficient in removing a vast spectrum of traditional and cosmetic tattoo hues.

There are several laser alternatives for tattoo elimination, and selecting the suitable laser for the tattoo’s specific colour is crucial. The ruby laser is particularly effective in eradicating green and purple pigments, while the alexandrite laser excels in clearing darker shades to a depth of up to 1.8 mm. However, employing the ruby laser for red tattoo removal is generally discouraged.

When deploying these lasers, pinpointing the correct wavelength is vital. The ruby laser might not be ideal for darker skin tones, as it can lead to scarring, the emergence of white spots, and other complications. It is also advisable to allow at least a month between treatment sessions.

Setting realistic expectations and opting for a qualified, experienced practitioner for this process is fundamental. Adopting the right strategy and seeking professional assistance makes the successful removal of an undesired tattoo achievable, paving the way for a fresh start. 

Ease of Removing Different Tattoo Colors

The tattoo’s colour is a crucial determinant in the feasibility and methodology of its removal. Darker shades like black, grey, dark blue, and dark green are typically more straightforward to remove. These colours absorb a broader range of laser energy, leading to more effective fragmentation of the ink particles and aiding the body in their expulsion. Red ink is also relatively more straightforward to remove, depending on the laser technology deployed. The ruby laser is adept at eliminating warm tones such as black, grey, and red, but it struggles with green and red pigments.

Conversely, lighter hues like light blue, light green, yellow, and white pose more of a challenge. Their lower absorption rate of laser energy hinders the breakdown of ink particles, often necessitating additional treatment sessions. 

Session Requirements for Color Tattoo Removal

The number of sessions necessary to remove a colour tattoo varies based on multiple aspects.

Tattoo age

A tattoo’s age significantly influences the length of its removal process. Tattoos that have aged and faded over time tend to be easier to remove, needing fewer sessions due to the diminished work required. In contrast, recent tattoos usually require more extensive efforts and more sessions to be effectively removed.

Skin tone

In the context of tattoo removal, individuals with darker skin tones may face more challenges. The heightened absorption of laser energy by darker skin can increase the risk of scarring during removal.

Ink color

The ink colour of the tattoo affects its removability. Darker inks, like black and dark blue, are more amenable to laser energy absorption and, hence, more accessible to remove. Lighter colours, such as yellow, light blue, and white, are more resistant to removal and often call for more sessions to achieve the desired result.

Tattoo size

The tattoo’s size also impacts the number of sessions required. Larger tattoos, which contain more ink, usually take longer to remove and thus necessitate more sessions than smaller tattoos.

The tattoo ink goes deep

The depth of tattoo ink in the skin affects the ease of removal. Professional tattoos are more complex to remove than amateur ones due to more ink and deeper application. The deeper the pigment, the more challenging the removal process becomes. This is because the laser needs to penetrate deeper layers of the skin to break up the ink particles.

Tattoo location

The location of the tattoo on the body can impact the time it will take to remove it. Tattoos on the upper and lower back, shoulders, and arms are generally easier to remove. However, tattoos on the lower body parts, such as the legs, hips, and ankles, may pose more difficulty due to decreased blood flow in these areas.

Immune system

The individual’s immune system can impact colour tattoo removal. A robust immune system aids in the quick elimination of shattered ink particles. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying hydrated can enhance the immune system and expedite removal.

Neodymium lasers remove intricate, multi-coloured tattoos

The Neodymium Laser is a new technology that efficiently removes tattoos, including complex multi-coloured ones, from any area of the face or body.

Understanding the Tattoo Removal Process with Neodymium Laser

The Neodymium laser is highly regarded in tattoo removal for its ability to specifically target tattoo pigments without harming surrounding tissues or blood vessels. Its molecular action ensures that the skin remains smooth, significantly reducing the chances of scarring. This makes it a secure and efficient choice for removing tattoos from various body parts.

The procedure utilizes fractional photothermolysis. This technique allows the laser to precisely aim at the tattoo pigment, eradicating it without damaging the adjacent tissues. The laser disintegrates the tattoo ink into minute particles, then naturally expelled from the body via the lymphatic system.

It’s important to understand that pigment removal from a tattoo isn’t instantaneous and often necessitates multiple sessions for complete eradication. 

The Sensation of Laser Tattoo Removal

Undergoing laser tattoo removal is generally less painful than the experience of getting a tattoo. During the removal, you may encounter a sensation of burning or tingling. The intensity of discomfort can vary depending on the tattoo’s location on the body. To alleviate discomfort, local anesthesia is commonly applied before the procedure.

What Happens After Treatment?

Post-laser tattoo removal treatment, swelling and redness are expected. These symptoms indicate that the body’s immune system works to eliminate the tattoo ink. Typically, this swelling and redness resolve within two to three days. In the days following the treatment, crusts may develop on the treated area. It’s vital not to pick or scratch at these crusts, as they will naturally flake off within one to two weeks. The newly formed skin underneath may appear slightly pink. Adhering to the aftercare instructions provided by the professional and refraining from activities that might irritate the treated area is crucial to ensuring optimal results.

Is laser a suitable option for you? 

When considering the removal of coloured tattoos, selecting a trustworthy and proficient professional is crucial to carrying out the procedure safely and effectively.

Engaging in a consultation with a specialized tattoo removal expert is vital. This professional can thoroughly assess your needs and advise on the most suitable removal method. They will also provide insights into the potential risks and advantages, assuring the treatment’s safety and efficacy. 

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