Does it hurt?
Most clients describe the sensation as being hit several time with a rubber band, in other words it is like a sting followed by a sensation of warmth. At Cosmetic Creations we advise you to purchase a tube of emla cream for your chemist. Emla is an anaesthetic cream which you apply thickly on the area you wish to remove. It is recommended to apply it 1 hour before the treatment. Before and during the treatment, ice will be applied in the area to help with the discomfort.
How long does it take?
It takes a lot longer to remove a tattoo than to have a tattoo. Each tattoo is different and discussed during the free assessment consultation. As a rule of thumb it can take from 4 to 10 sessions 8 weeks apart ( depending on the age of the tattoo, the type of ink used and wether it is black or in colour).
Small black tattoos are easy to remove, the bigger the tattoo the more sessions you will require. Multi coloured designs take longer to remove than black tattoos. The number of treatments are affected by the size and your skin type. After several treatments you will notice a temporary whitening of the skin area that has been treated, and over time, the skin returns to its normal colour.
Are there any precautions to take during the treatment?
While you are having a tattoo removed, you must not expose that area to the sun before , during and for some weeks following the treatment.
At SYDNEY BODY TATTOO REMOVAL, a full assessment is made during your free consultation and recommendations will be made. Sometimes you will need to consult a Doctor to get a medical clearance before the treatment can proceed.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are usually temporary and can be mild, rarely can they be severe.
Keep the area covered and observe good hygiene practices. Any infection of a wound can result in scarring.If you are prone to cold sores, the herpes simplex virus can be activated. In that case you should go on a course of valtrex tablets ( available on prescription only) the day before the treatment
Hypopigmentation ( loss of colour in the skin) .
The skin can become lighter and can take up to a year to go back to its original colour.
Hyperpigmentation ( the skin becomes darker)
It can occur because of inflammation of the area and a brown mark will appear and will take many months to fade using fading cream
It is quite rare and is most likely to appear with darker skins.
However it can happen with lighter skins , particularly with some sun exposure , that is why you must follow the advice given for before, during and after the treatments.
Tattoo turns black
If the tattoo ink contains iron oxide or titanium dioxide it will TURN BLACK