It was a great idea at the time. Getting a tattoo that is. But now that you’re older, wiser (or perhaps just sober), you’re looking to get it removed. Whilst there are options to cover it up with another tattoo, you might prefer a clean slate. Lucky for you, there is a process that can help: laser tattoo removal.
It might sound scary, but in comparison to other methods of removing tattoos, laser is non-abrasive and shouldn’t cause scarring when done properly. Laser tattoo removal works by breaking down the ink molecules within your tattoo into smaller pieces, allowing them to be absorbed into your bloodstream so your body can flush them out naturally.
However, not all laser tattoo removalists are the same. There is currently no regulation for laser tattoo removalists in Canberra. To avoid being left with a botched job or unsightly scars by an inexperienced provider, it’s best to find a laser tattoo removalist that you can trust.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a laser tattoo removalist, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great tattoo removalist?
Choosing the right tattoo removalist will take the stress out of what can be an emotionally draining experience. After all, this is your skin and you don’t want long-term or permanent damage, scarring or burns.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a laser tattoo removalist.
- Experience. Removing tattoos and using a laser is intricate business so you’ll want to use a technician who is properly trained and experienced. As this type of service isn’t regulated, you’ll have more piece of mind with a removalist that has been working in this area for a long period of time.
- Equipment. Make sure your laser tattoo removalist only uses advanced lasers and state-of-the-art techniques, to avoid permanently damaging your skin. It’s also important that you and your removalist are both wearing protective eyewear.
- Hygienic. It goes without saying that you’d want your laser tattoo removalist to have a clean workspace. Make sure they are santising the equipment before and after use.
- Insured. Ask if your tattoo removal technician is insured against any unexpected problems.
- Honest and open. You’ll want to be confident that your technician is being open and honest about treatments, including pain levels, number of treatments and the type of equipment they will use.
The best tattoo removalists in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
A dedicated laser tattoo removal service, Expired Laser Studio has removed hundreds of tattoos. The studio uses the most advanced technology in the field to safely remove tattoos of all colours. Expired Laser Studio technicians explain what clients can expect.
On Google, Adam Bartlett wrote, “I'm getting an almost solid black cover up lightened (2 layers of heavy black ink) so I can replace it with something else. It's a big job but the equipment Expired Laser Studio has is getting it done.”
Laser Skin Clinic offers two services for people unhappy with their tattoos. The tattoo can be faded so it can be modified at a later date, or permanently removed. The number of treatments depends on the type of tattoo and the service clients choose. Laser Skin Clinic uses state-of-the art Pastelle, a medical grade Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. Q-switched laser tattoo removal technology is significantly less painful and more efficient than laser-based tools of years gone by.
Tegan A wrote on Google, "I have been going here for tattoo removal and the results are amazing. Although tattoo removal is really painful, the staff always try to make it as pain free and quick as possible. So although i dread the treatment, i know I'm in good (and experienced) hands!"
Laser X Tattoo Removal is a leader in tattoo removal, including professional amateur, cosmetic or multi-coloured tattoos. Technicians remove, lighten or make tattoos ready for cover up. Laser X Tattoo Removal has been in the industry for more than 20 years and has worked on thousands of tattoos. They use state-of-the-art lasers and the latest in technology.
Andrew Gavin wrote on Google, “I’ve had four treatments so far and very happy with results. Very professional service and great advice.”
Eden Laser Clinics Canberra removes unwanted tattoos with Candela PicoWay, an alternative to traditional tattoo removal. PicoWay is a major breakthrough in laser tattoo removal for all skin types and for multi-coloured tattoos, including hard-to-treat colours. Benefits include less pain during treatment, faster results, less reaction and reduced risk of complication.
On Google, Ric Jarratt wrote, “The team at Eden Laser Clinics Canberra are fantastic! All staff are really approachable and knowledgeable.”
Original Skin Laser Tattoo Removal uses the Q-Plus C Evo machine to remove unwanted tattoos. The Quanta Systems Laser uses an advanced three wavelength system. It targets black tattoos and completely removes multi-coloured tattoos, even tough greens. Technicians work with precision, targeting partial areas of a tattoo. They provide lightening for cover-ups or complete removal.
Emma Levett wrote on Google, “I have had a regretful tattoo almost completely removed. Two sessions to go!”
If you’re looking for more information on laser treatments and skin care in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best laser treatments, best laser hair removal clinics, best beauty salons, and the best facial specialists Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with tattoo removalists in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does laser tattoo removal work?
A laser machine directs pulses of laser energy towards the ink particles. The laser beam passes through the layers of your skin and breaks the tattoo ink into tiny pieces. The body’s natural filtration system removes the residue, leading to the tattoo fading. After multiple sessions, the tattoo is no longer visible.
Does laser tattoo removal treatment hurt?
Some laser machines provide a more comfortable experience than others. Having said that, the process is still uncomfortable, with different people feeling more pain than others depending on their threshold. Some people have said laser pulses are like being flicked by a rubber band.
What other methods are there of tattoo removal?
Other than laser removal, you can get surgical removal of a tattoo. This involves cutting out the area of skin with the tattoo and stitching it back together. Another method is dermabrasion, which involves removing layers of the skin by sanding it back.
How can I manage the pain of tattoo removal?
You can use a topical anaesthetic product, but it’s best to discuss this with your technician before arriving for your treatment. You can talk to a pharmacist about numbing creams. Ask if the technician helps you manage discomfort. Some, for example, use cooling equipment which can provide relief before, during and after treatment.
How many treatments do I need to get rid of my tattoo?
This depends on many factors, including the size and ink colour of your tattoo. Also, some colours are harder to remove than others. The number of treatments you’ll require can also depend on pigment depth and intensity. You can expect multiple treatments, however, with breaks between each so your system has time to flush ink particles out.
How much does it cost to have a tattoo removed?
It’s best to organise a consultation with a technician since many factors are at play. This includes the size and intensity of your tattoo, and the colours used.