It wasn’t long ago tattoos were a permanent, no going back, piece of artwork, good or bad, adorning your body. Things have certainly changed, technology has evolved and you can once again be a cleanskin if you desire.

It’s a pretty uncomfortable process, like someone flicking rubber bands at your skin, but beauty is pain they say. The good, seriously expensive machinery is big and the cumbersome, but so very  effective.

Laser tattoo removal is a relatively quick process but must be done multiple times, up to ten in some cases. So it’s important to know who you’re dealing with, what experience they have and whether they have all the required licencing and training.

There are very few licenced operators in South East Queensland who specialise solely in tattoo removal. There’s a much larger number of clinics that address a broad range of skin and body hair treatments ie ipl, skin rejuvenation and other beauty related therapies.

The industry is very new and the Queensland Government have begun to regulate it quite tightly. Rightly so, given the machines are a radiation source (minor, but none the less). Someone who is operating (but doesn’t own, because that requires more licences) a Q-switched Nd-Yag or equivalent laser will have no fewer than three licences/certificates and more likely four. They will have had extensive training on the machine and should be able to explain to you how the laser works, what impact it has on the body, which wavelength is for which ink colour and any other information you might ask, so make sure you ask.

Now, lets dispel a couple of myths. Laser tattoo removal can be mobile, but only with a very specific machine.  Also, IPL machines do not remove tattoos, they just don’t, not enough power and it’s not their purpose. If a laser machine is about the size of a printer expect to have a lot more sessions because it’s not very powerful and won’t have a ruby laser, which deals with greens and blues.

So, ultimately, if you plan on getting a tattoo removed, do some homework, it will save you time, pain and money.