How does laser tattoo removal work?

A laser is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light in short bursts. When you direct this laser beam at tattoo ink, the light passes through the skin but is absorbed by the ink. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to break into tiny particles that are then removed by the body’s natural filtering and immune systems - yep, you excrete your tattoo from your body! The tattoo will fade gradually over a series of treatments. On average, professional tattoos require 5-8 treatments for full removal. All treatments are spaced 6 weeks apart, giving your body time to remove the distributed tattoo particles from your system between sessions. The number of treatments required on your tattoo will depend on a number of variables (for example: body placement, type of ink, colour etc). For more detail, read this blog post about how laser tattoo removal works.

What colours fade the best?

Dark (black) and red inks will lighten the best. Oranges and purples usually lighten over time, whereas blue, green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove and additional treatments are sometimes needed to produce significant fading. We treat all tattoos with the highest quality laser tattoo removal equipment available, allowing us to lighten all colours.

What equipment do we use?

At MJ Driver, our technicians use the following gold-standard medical laser equipment:

Our lasers are used in conjunction with advanced cooling machines to help ease any discomfort throughout your laser removal procedure.

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

Treatment prices for laser tattoo removal will depend on the size of the tattoo, the placement, the ink colours and the number of treatments required. MJ Driver offers some of the safest, most affordable and reputable laser tattoo removal in Australia, with sessions starting from just $80. All of our consultations and quotes are obligation free, and we encourage you to visit your local MJ Driver laser technician to find out more.

How many laser sessions will I need?

We believe in honest and realistic communication with our patients. This means we are always straight to the point with how many laser tattoo removal sessions we think you will need. We believe in quality results and not stringing you along for a ride, like many other laser clinics - and our reputation speaks for itself in this respect.

The number of treatment session needed will be determined by the size, ink colour and depth of the tattoo. On average, full removal will require 5-7 treatments, and lightening for a cover-up will usually require much less. Sessions are very quick - small tattoos take less than 5 minutes to complete and larger tattoos can take up to 20 minutes.

Will my skin go back to normal after laser tattoo removal?

In most cases, yes. If the tattoo is heavily pigmented with many lasers of ink from multiple over-ups, it can be harder to restore your skin to normal. However, each client’s removal process is different and requires a unique  laser tattoo removal plan. Please contact your local MJ Driver clinician to arrange a free consultation.

Is laser tattoo removal treatment painful?

Your laser tattoo session can cause some slight discomfort, depending on your pain threshold and the location of your tattoo. We utilise a localised chilled air cooling treatment with a continuous flow of chilled air before, during and after your laser session, in an effort to minimise any discomfort. Most clients find this more than adequate and do not need any additional numbing cream. On that note, numbing creams can be sourced from chemists or prescribed by your GP and may help to bring the pain level down to that similar to the original application of the tattoo. Talk to your local pharmacist to find out what brands they stock and recommend.

What should I do to care for my skin after treatment?

Aftercare is an important part of the laser tattoo removal process, and is your responsibility to uphold after your receive your treatment. We will provide clear and thorough instructions verbally and in writing prior to your session.

It’s important that you follow all instructions carefully, to ensure that your laser treatment is successful. Please contact us for more information about our aftercare instructions, if you haven’t already received your aftercare package.

What will my skin look like after treatment?

After your laser treatment, you may experience some swelling, scabbing, blistering or bruising - all of which is normal. You will likely find that immediately after your treatment, the tattoo will turn white, before returning closer to its original appearance, before your body begins to slowly remove the ink. We wrote a blog post you might like about what happens to your skin during laser.

Can I go in the sun / go swimming after my treatment?

It’s important to avoid direct sun expose, artificial tanning beds, or prolonged time in submerged water after your treatment. Wear protective clothing, or apply SPF50+ sunscreen to the treatment area at all times when in the sun. Avoid sunburn at all costs and be sure to follow our aftercare instructions for your own safety and the best possible results from your treatment.

How should I prepare for my laser tattoo removal treatment?

  1. We can not treat you if you’ve had large amounts of sun exposure prior to your appointment, or sun-tanning vitamin A injections in the last 6 months leading up to your appointment.

  2. Be sure to have a shower before your appointment, and have something to eat an hour before your appointment.

  3. If you’re choosing to use additional numbing cream during your laser session, please ensure you apply this prior to your appointment, following all instructions carefully. You may arrive with numbing cream on, but it will be removed prior to your laser treatment commencing.

  4. We can not treat you if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, prone to keloid scarring, intoxicated or under the influence of strong medication such as Roaccutane, etc. This will be discussed with you verbally prior to your appointment, as well as being outlined in your consent form.

I’ve heard there are other ways to remove tattoos. What’s the go?

  • Tattoo fade creams simply do not work. Tattoo ink lies beneath the skin and these creams are applied to the surface of the skin.

  • Acid peels are dangerous and can cause scarring, if not worse! Stay clear - it’s acid!

  • Trans-epidermal pigment release (such as Tatt2Away, Tattextract, etc) do not work. We actually tried them many years ago and nothing happening except thick scarring and red marks. We receive brochures for these kinds of treatments all the time, and have clients come to us stressed and confused at the horrific scarring from this treatment, asking us to remove the remaining ink that sits around the scars. It is much harder to laser once this treatment has been done as it damages the skin, sometimes causing irreversible scarring.

  • Dermabrasion and salabrasion, in our opinion, are barbaric and there is no need to resort to this form of tattoo removal anymore. Laser tattoo removal is much less painful!

  • Skin grafting will result in your skin never looking the same again. We actually looking into this with a plastic surgeon but found it to be expensive, and sub-par to the results achieved through laser. Our doctor was very kind and honest with us and said not to do this as it’s way too drastic of a process and laser is a much safer and affordable option.

  • Argon and CO2 lasers are outdated. They are not as powerful or effective for removal as laser and are therefore no longer used within the industry.