Tattoo Removal Going Too Slow? Here’s Why & How To Get Fast Results

Faster tattoo removal in SydneyFor some people, removing a tattoo can literally take years. In fact, you can have your tattoo removed in just 4-6 months. If your laser tattoo removal is going too slow, don’t put up with it! Find out how to get your tattoo removed or faded fast and effectively.

The amount of time you have to wait between laser tattoo removal sessions can double your total removal time. Doing 10 sessions with only 2 to 4 weeks between each session will only take you between 4.5 and 9 months, whereas 10 sessions at a different clinic that makes you wait 6 to 8 weeks between treatments will take between 13 to 18 months.

FACTORS THAT SLOW DOWN TATTOO REMOVAL

 

HOW TO GET FAST RESULTS

  • Minimise the amount of time you need to wait between treatments. Some clinics have the technology to treat tattoos in 2-4 week intervals, others will make you wait 4-8 weeks due to the healing time. Shorter intervals means less healing time and faster clearance
  • Choose a clinic with the best laser technology for removing tattoos – the PicoWay laser. PicoWay is the world’s fastest picosecond laser, it treats all colours and is safe to use on all skin types
  • Choose a clinic with expert clinicians. An expert laser tattoo removal clinician will be able to use maximum settings whilst maintaining skin integrity (not damaging your skin) for optimum results
  • Drink plenty of water, exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid smoking

 

HOW DOES THE PICOWAY LASER WORK?

  • With its ultra-fast delivery of concentrated, high-power energy, PicoWay shatters even the tiniest ink particles making it easier for your body to clear the tattoo ink
  • The PicoWay uses unique picosecond (a trillionth of a second) laser technology to deliver fast, comfortable treatments
  • The PicoWay uses more photoacoustic effect, meaning the least amount of heat transfer to the skin. It precisely targets ink particles ensuring the ink is effectively treated and that the surrounding skin remains unharmed
  • Minimal discomfort – since PicoWay’s pulses are fast, you’ll feel minimal discomfort throughout the treatment
  • 4 to 6 months tattoo clearance (vs up to 18 months for alternative lasers)
  • 2 to 4 weeks between treatments (vs 6 to 8 weeks for alternative lasers)
  • Ability to treat fresh tattoos after the skin has healed

 

BOOK YOUR FREE CONSULTATION

For fast laser tattoo removal with no hidden cost surprises, removal guarantee and payments plans available, come in for a free consultation at Eden Tattoo Removal, Sydney’s tattoo removal specialists.

Call 02 8020 5819 or click below to book online.

 

When Myth Becomes Legend

Tattoo removal cream mythsThe tattoo industry is growing daily, with new parlours, both glamorous and shoddy, springing up like mushrooms after a rainy day. Tattoos are today considered acceptable, a little rebellious, and even glamorous, depending on who you speak to. It is no surprise that in the rush to join the ranks of the inked, many customers are walking away just a little dazed, confused, and often upset that the resulting tattoo didn’t match their preconceived notion of life changing affirmation and improved identity. Hence the concomitant rise of a parallel growth industry: laser tattoo removal.

It might seem illogical that many thousands of people around Australia are searching for a way to eradicate that which is designed to be permanent, but the numbers don’t lie. Just as tattoos have become fashionable, so has change. People change jobs far more than ever before. Fashion trends come and go in the blink of an eye. Hair colour, shoe colour, eyeglass frame; everything is subject to the expert’s suggestions. Even the experts themselves come and go with unnerving rapidity resembling jostling children playing ’king of the castle’. Why should tattoo removal be any different? The obvious next question is which tattoo removal method to use?

Tattoo removal discussions are usually about abrasive formulas, laser removal, or do-it-yourself creams. Most people claim to have the right answer, although their conclusions are not usually derived from personal experience or even the suggestions of expert clinicians or dermatologists. Unfortunately, as with most so-called expert opinion today, the knowledge is gleaned from that most devious of fact-finding sources; the Google search. Hence, tattoo removal myths persist in the modern psyche like urban legends.

Therefore, prospective laser tattoo removal customers are strongly encouraged to speak to experts before embarking on a course of action. The internet abounds with scurrilous attempts to discredit valid tattoo removal methods in favour of monetarily motivated websites peddling their ineffective wares. Tattoo removal creams are a prime example. Fortunately, credible discussion is also to be found, often presented by qualified health care practitioners. In defence of quality FDA approved Q-Switched laser tattoo removal methods, and in order to discredit fraudulent claims, Virginia Beach Dermatologist, Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD states:

“The ink from tattoos is embedded into the dermis, beyond the reach of any standard cream…acid cream powerful enough to penetrate the dermis would create a scar far uglier than the tattoo.”

Jeffery Dover, MD agrees. He said:

“Creams do not work for tattoo removal. The most effective way to remove a tattoo without a scar is with a Q-Switched laser. This will break up the pigment into tiny particles that allow the tattoo to lighten over a series of treatments.”

Unfortunately, tattoo removal creams are simply a waste of money. In order to reach the ink, without causing skin damage, a laser is required. Q-Switched laser breaks up the tattoo pigment into micro particles that the body can itself safely remove. Laser procedures started becoming popular in the 1990’s and are now the most highly recommended form of tattoo removal. The increase in clinics specialising in this method attests to its popularity. Even so, debunking myths is difficult, and silencing the endless chorus of hollow claims advocating removal creams has become more difficult than removing the tattoo itself.

Sadly, pedlars of bogus creams not only divert customers away from bonafide laser removal practitioners, they also lure unsuspecting customers to try removal using extremely caustic trichloroacetic acid, which will cause deep dermal damage; or medicines whose efficacy is based on speculative and untested claims, such as eflornithine. Myths and legends can be entertaining on television, but extremely dangerous if unleashed on the unsuspecting public.



Tattoo Removal – Consumer Scarring Warning

Consumer warning for tattoo removalAt Eden Tattoo Removal Specialist we are hearing with increasing frequency, beauty clinics marketing acid injections or IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments as a cheap tattoo removal option. If you have been considering acid injections or IPL to have your tattoo removed, you need to be aware of the following.

You may have seen in the media the horrific scarring some patients have experienced from the acid tattoo removal technique and a health warning has been issued against its use. IPL machines are often marketed as “all purpose” however they are not designed as tattoo removal devices and are very dangerous in the wrong hands, causing skin damage when used inappropriately (for tattoo removal).

At Eden Tattoo Removal, the laser tattoo removal specialists in Sydney, we use the PicoWay, a medical grade laser that is FDA approved for tattoo removal. In this article, we talk about the serious concerns over “dodgy” tattoo removal.

 

WHAT IS ACID TATTOO REMOVAL?

Acid tattoo removal is when acid is injected into the tattoo, in the same manner as getting a tattoo. This technique causes the skin to scab and the theory is that the ink will be removed when the scab falls off. The acid is injected in circles, so what we are seeing is patients seriously scarred in spots throughout their tattoo. The scarring can be so severe that surgery is needed. There is also a high risk of infection due to the damaged tissue.

A Health Warning has been issued against acid tattoo removal in Queensland – read the full story here. ABC News posted “Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young has warned of serious complications from acid tattoo removal and says new laws may be needed to regulate the technique.” Patients have reported severe burns and scarring as well as infections and the risk of changes in skin pigmentation.

 

WHAT IS IPL FOR TATTOO REMOVAL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and has become a common procedure in the beauty industry. Unfortunately, as the tattoo removal industry is widely unregulated, cheap machines (IPL machines can generally be purchased for $10,000 – $15,000) have been acquired by inexperienced operators who are wanting to make quick money, with little focus on the customer or their health.

According to the Australian Government, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, the light from IPL is “not as targeted and specific as with lasers. Therefore it produces more generalised effects on the skin, such as improvement in some forms of brown and red discolouration. Because of this reduced specificity, compared with lasers, it is sometimes impossible to produce only one effect on the skin thereby producing either side-benefits or undesired side effects.” Meaning that you risk a poor outcome and adverse side effects when using IPL for tattoo removal.

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL – THE SAFE OPTION

Laser tattoo removal is undoubtedly the safest option for your tattoo removal.

At Eden Tattoo Removal, we use the PicoWay laser for the best in laser tattoo removal treatment. It is FDA cleared for treating tattoos, it precisely targets the tattoo ink and with its superior performance, shatters ink into tinier particles, making it easier and faster for your body to clear.

 

WHY CHOOSE THE PICOWAY LASER?

The PicoWay is the latest generation Picosecond laser tattoo removal device. It allows Eden Tattoo Removal to treat all tattoo colours in the shortest time possible, with the shortest recovery time between treatments.

5 Key Advantages of PicoWay Tattoo Removal System:

– Shortest picosecond pulses – 40%-50% shorter pulses than other Picosecond laser systems, meaning highly effective treatments with more photoacoustic effect and minimal tissue damage.
– Highest peak power – energy shatters the ink into miniscule fragments achieving average tattoo removal in 4 to 6 months.
– Dual wavelengths – 2 highly effective wavelengths (1064 nm & 532 nm) in one picosecond system to treat all tattoo colours and skin types
– Able to treat fresh tattoos after the skin heals
– Less pain than a Nanosecond laser

 

NEXT STEPS

The best way to have your tattoo assessed is by a qualified clinician. At Eden Tattoo Removal we offer a free tattoo removal consultation where we can give you personalised information for you and your tattoo. From this, you will know how many treatments are needed, a written quote with cost and specific information you will need to follow before, during and after your treatment.

If you have never been to Eden Tattoo Removal, you can either give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now.



Switching To PicoWay Laser Tattoo Removal – Top Reasons

Eden PicowayIf you’ve suffered through the pain and repetition of Q-switch laser tattoo removal treatment, then it would be understandable if you’d given up on getting rid of your tattoo or if you decided to try another way. At Eden Tattoo Removal, laser tattoo removal specialists in Sydney, we have invested in the PicoWay laser which takes laser tattoo removal to the next level.

In this article, we outline the top three reasons why people give up their tattoo removal goals with a Q-switch laser and move to the PicoWay laser. We explain the PicoWay (picosecond) laser technology and how it works.

TOP REASONS FOR SWITCHING TO THE PICOWAY LASER

The PicoWay is FDA cleared for removing a wide range of tattoos, offering better results in fewer treatments for different skin types. We hear all kinds of reasons for why people come to us after having tried alternative laser tattoo removal, however the three most popular reasons are listed below.

1. Q-switch lasers too painful

If you’ve done your research, you’ll know that tattoo removal with a nanosecond or Q-switch laser is painful. It can feel like burning hot cooking fat splashing on your skin really fast, repeatedly.

2. Faster Results

The length of time it takes to remove a tattoo between a nanosecond (Q-switch) or picosecond (PicoWay) laser can vary by approximately one year. This is driven by the longer recovery time and therefore length or time between sessions required – generally 2-4 week intervals with the PicoWay versus 4-8 weeks with a nanosecond laser.

3. Better Clearance

The quality of your tattoo removal is dependent on the quality of the laser used. The PicoWay laser is the latest generation picosecond laser, developed to treat all tattoo colours on all skin types in the shortest possible time. The PicoWay laser breaks the tattoo ink down into much smaller particles, making it easier for your body to clear the ink.

 

THE FINAL COST OF TATTOO REMOVAL

Cost will always play a part when deciding on laser tattoo removal and as many of our customers have experienced, it can cost a lot more in the long run when repeated sessions are needed to remove the tattoo.

Although PicoWay is a superior device to the Q-Switch ND:YAG’s, Detail Tattoo Removal will match any clinic’s equivalent series pricing to remove a tattoo.

HOW DOES THE PICOWAY LASER WORK?

  • With its ultra-fast delivery of concentrated, high-power energy, PicoWay shatters even the tiniest ink particles making it easier for your body to clear the tattoo ink
  • The PicoWay uses unique picosecond (a trillionth of a second) laser technology to deliver fast, comfortable treatments
  • The PicoWay uses more photoacoustic effect, meaning the least amount of heat transfer to the skin. It precisely targets ink particles ensuring the ink is effectively treated and that the surrounding skin remains unharmed
  • Minimal discomfort – since PicoWay’s pulses are fast, you’ll feel minimal discomfort throughout the treatment
  • 4 to 6 months tattoo clearance (vs up to 18 months for alternative lasers)
  • 2 to 4 weeks between treatments (vs 6 to 8 weeks for alternative lasers)
  • Ability to treat fresh tattoos after the skin has healed

 

NEXT STEPS

If you would like to know more about our tattoo removal, we offer a free consultation where we can give you personalised information for your tattoo removal and answer any questions you have.

Never been to Eden Tattoo Removal? You can either give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now.

If you already have an appointment, you can easily add a free consultation to your booking.



Safe Eyebrow Tattoo Removal

Safe eyebrow tattoo removal sydneyDo you have eyebrow tattoos that have faded or changed colour over time? Did you know that in the most cases it’s quicker to remove eyebrow or other cosmetic tattoos than traditional tattoos? This is good news if you are wanting to remove your eyebrow tattoos as you will see results quicker.

However, if the wrong tattoo removal device is used during treatment, there is a risk of your eyebrow tattoos going darker or changing colour.

In this article we discuss what to look out for and how to safely remove eyebrow tattoos.

Cosmetic tattooing is different to traditional tattooing in that the ink pigment is mixed to achieve a specific colour tone. Also, the ink usually isn’t injected as deep with cosmetic tattoos which helps achieve faster clearance.

Unfortunately, due to the mixing of the pigment in cosmetic tattoo ink, it’s difficult to know exactly which colours are being treated during the removal process. When the ink is treated with the wrong laser, there is a risk that a different colour will remain.

 

LATEST IN CLINIC BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

Eden eyebrow removal

This result is after 3 PicoWay sessions, she is ready to have her new eyebrow tattoo’s.

*results may vary from person to person

 

PICOWAY LASER FOR SAFE REMOVAL OF EYEBROW TATTOOS

With laser cosmetic procedures, it’s imperative to have the right device for each different procedure. We have seen the poor results from second-rate clinics that try to use one device for everything – that’s like a mechanic trying to use the same tool for every job.

We use the PicoWay laser for safe and effective removal of eyebrow tattoos due its photoacoustic effect – it uses ultra-fast energy to shatter the tattoo ink into miniscule particles which your body’s immune system digests and clears.

Other lasers use mainly photothermal (heat) energy to target the ink. This not only has the potential to damage the surrounding skin but it also has the potential to make the eyebrow tattoo ink darker or to change colour. The colour that remains could vary from warm red or light brown tones to blue and may not be suitable for further laser treatment.

 

PICOWAY LASER IS FAST, SAFE & EFFECTIVE

  • The PicoWay uses unique picosecond (a trillionth of a second) laser technology to deliver fast, comfortable treatments
  • Fewer treatments – FDA cleared for a wide range of tattoos, PicoWay offers better results in fewer treatments for different skin types
  • Fast results – with its ultra-fast delivery of concentrated, high-power energy, PicoWay shatters even the tiniest ink particles making it easier for your body to clear the tattoo ink
  • Minimised risk – the PicoWay precisely targets ink particles ensuring the ink is effectively treated
  • Minimal discomfort – since PicoWay’s pulses are fast, you’ll feel minimal discomfort throughout the treatment

To view our pricing, click on the button below:

 

NEXT STEPS

If you would like to know more about our laser tattoo removal, at Eden Tattoo Removal, tattoo removal specialist Sydney, we offer a free consultation where we can give you personalised information for your tattoo removal and answer any questions you have.

If you have never been to Eden Tattoo Removal, you can either give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now.

If you already have an appointment, you can easily add a free consultation to your booking.



PicoWay vs PicoSure: An honest comparison

Picoway vs Picosure comparisonPicosecond lasers are the next generation of laser tattoo removal system. The promise is faster tattoo removal with less pain than Q-Switched nanosecond laser. Picosecond laser systems have now been in the market for over 2 years and the client results are coming in. PicoSure was the first system released and PicoWay followed 2 years ago. This article is to help anyone who is researching what is the most effective system to safely remove a tattoo and important factors when comparing the cost of laser tattoo removal.

 

NUMBER OF WAVELENGTHS

PicoWay: 532nm, 785nm, 1064nm

PicoSure: 532nm (laser pump handpiece), 755nm, 1064nm (laser pump handpiece)

PicoWay has 3 wavelengths that operate at full picosecond power and speed. PicoSure has a natural 755nm wavelength and uses laser pump handpieces to convert to 532nm and 1064nm. This conversion drops the energy and compromises the effectiveness of the wavelength. Wavelength determines the penetration depth of the laser in the dermis, the pigment colour the laser can treat and the skin type the laser can operate on.

 

PULSE DURATION

PicoWay: 532nm @ 375ps, 785nm @ 300ps, 1064nm @ 450ps

PicoSure: 532nm (spec not released), 755nm @ 750ps, 1064nm (spec not released)

Picosecond is a measure of time. 1000ps = 1 ns (nanosecond). The lower the number, the faster the laser is. PicoWay has the fastest operating laser in the world at 300ps on the 785nm. The speed of the laser is what generates the photoacoustic shockwave (mechanical energy) to shatter the ink pigment. Q-Switched nanosecond lasers use photo-thermal energy to heat the ink pigment to fracture the ink. Heating the ink is less effective and also damages the surrounding tissue.

PicoSure operates at 750ps which is only 25% faster than 1000ps (1 nanosecond). This means PicoSure still rely mainly on heat to remove tattoos. The heat is also the reason why the recovery times are the same as nanosecond laser. No specs are released on the laser hand pump converted 532nm and 1064nm.

 

PEAK POWER

PicoWay: 532nm @ 0.53gw, 785nm @ 0.33gw, 1064nm @ 0.90gw

PicoSure: 532nm (spec not released), 755nm @ 0.36gw, 1064 (spec not released)

Peak power = energy(j)/pulse duration(s). PicoWay’s 785nm @ 0.33gw is similar to the 755nm @ 0.36gw but the way it gets there is the most important factor. PicoWay operates at 300ps vs PicoSure 750ps. The peak power is achieved at 2 ½ x faster speed and this is what shatters the pigment for tattoo clearance.

 

PICOSURE CLASS ACTION – DERMATOLOGIST CLAIM LASER TATTOO REMOVAL TOOL IS FRAUD

On 26 June 2015 in Rockford, Illinios, a dermatology practise started a class action in the federal court of Chicago against Cynosure, the manufacturer of PicoSure for alleging negligent misrepresentation, fraud by omission and breach of contract, among other counts.

“The complaint states Cynosure marketing materials represented the PicoSure as “the
world’s first and only picosecond laser for tattoo removal,” and “even dark, stubborn
blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated, recalcitrant tattoos can be removed or
eliminated by using the PicoSure product.” The lawsuit includes a before-and-after photo
from a Cynosure brochure that shows the complete elimination of a tattoo from a patient.
Hartsough Dermatology maintains the clinic purchased the laser removal tool and
administered treatment as directed to numerous patients, but no tattoos were removed
or eliminated.”


This case is going to a trial and the class action is seeking damages over $5 million.

 

EDEN TATTOO REMOVAL CLIENT FEEDBACK ON PICOSURE

Eden Tattoo Removal has been performing successful tattoo removal since 2014 and is in fact the longest operating clinic in Sydney. Many clients have decided to choose our clinic, which uses the PicoWay, after some bad experiences with clinics that operate the PicoSure.

Some of the complaints stated by clients are the following:

 “Multiple treatments and no noticeable difference”

 “Spent 1000’s of dollars tattoo has not faded” 

 “Tattoo left blistered and bleeding after treatment”

“Area left scarred after treatment”

The science behind why the PicoSure is falling short of it claims is that the system is not fast enough and is not powerful enough to shatter the ink. The blistering and bleeding is normally from the operator turning up the fluence to try to compensate for the lack of speed and power. This in turn creates thermal damage to the tissue. While blistering or pin-point bleeding may occur on rare occasions it should not be part of the treatment protocol. We have heard from our clients that every time they had the PicoSure they blistered and bled. We are telling you this is not normal and you need to question why this is happening.

You need to question the PicoSure clinic why you are not experiencing any fading when it is supposed to be the latest technology. In fact, even our older technology ATV Q-Switched nanosecond laser is more effective in clearing tattoos.

Picoway vs Picosure

REAL COST OF CHOOSING THE WRONG LASER TATTOO REMOVAL SYSTEM

There is obviously the wasted money on the ineffective treatments. And often the clinic will keep making the excuse that you need more treatments before you see results. This convinces the person to spend more until they are totally fed up and realise they have just wasted more money.

There is also the lost time waiting for the tattoo to clear. The person normally will take over a year to finally realise that they have made a bad decision. If a person needed to remove a tattoo for a job then there is additional financial loss.

To view our tattoo removal pricing with the PicoWay, simply click on the button below. We offer a removal guarantee, price match policy and finance options.

 

CONCLUSION

Our responsibility is to present the facts so the public has the information they need to make an informed decision. There are limited protections from NSW Fair Trading but it is worth contacting them to seek a refund from the offending clinics.

We strongly advise you to research and visit a few clinics before making your final decision on the clinic you choose to perform your treatment. Price should only form a small part of why you choose the clinic. Professionalism, honesty and expert advice is as important, if not more important. If you choose the cheapest price it often becomes an expensive mistake in the long term.

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REASONS TO CHOOSE DETAIL TATTOO REMOVAL

  • Eden clinicians are Syneron-Candela and Laser Safety Officer Certified
  • Eden clinicians are all qualified skin therapists
  • Extensive expert training on models before performing treatment on clients
  • Eden clinicians understand skin response and device parameters to achieve the Maximum Effective Threshold to ensure each treatment has results
  • Ongoing clinical training with industry expert medical practitioners
  • Client care and education during consultation, treatment and post-treatment
  • PicoWay is the leading tattoo removal technology
  • Price match to ensure you get the best pricing
  • Finance options available

If you would like to receive honest and professional advice from expert dermal clinicians call (02) 8020 5819 or click on the button for a FREE TATTOO REMOVAL ANALYSIS.



PicoWay vs Discovery Pico: An Honest Comparison

Picoway vs Discovery Pico SydneyIn the last 2 years the standard for tattoo removal has conclusively moved away from the Q-Switched laser systems to Picosecond systems. The consumer now also has a few other choices other than the PicoWay (the system we use) or the PicoSure.

The latest release is the Quanta Discovery Pico. This article is to help you understand the difference between laser systems and factors to consider when comparing Sydney tattoo removal pricing between clinics.

 

PICOSECOND LASER VS PICOSECOND/NANOSECOND LASER

PicoWay: Picosecond platform

Discovery Pico: Hybrid picosecond/nanosecond platform

PicoWay is a second-generation picosecond device with a dedicated picosecond platform. Discovery Pico is a second-generation picosecond device with a peculiar hybrid picosecond/ nanosecond platform. The claim is sometimes you need nanosecond and then sometimes you need picosecond. Nanosecond produces heat therefore creates sub-dermal scarring as it treats tattoos. The scar tissue encapsulates the tattoo ink and limits the body’s lymphatic system to remove the ink. There is no scientific reason a laser system would use a superseded technology to assist in the latest technology. We have seen many tattoos that have resisted fading due to the use of a nanosecond laser. We used other modalities such as a fractionated RF device to break up the scarred tissue to release the ink.

 

See article:PicoWay Laser Makes Q-Switch Tattoo Removal Obsolete

 

NUMBER OF PICOSECOND WAVELENGTHS

PicoWay: 3 wavelengths – 532nm, 785nm, 1064nm

Discovery Pico: 2 wavelengths – 532nm, 1064nm, (694nm is nanosecond)

Wavelengths of lasers refer to how deep a laser can reach in the skin and also different colours are attracted to certain wavelengths. The PicoWay has 3 picosecond wavelengths 523nm, 785nm and 1064nm. This scale is shallowest to the deepest respectively. 785nm is proven to be highly successful in treating the difficult blues and greens. We have seen these colours cleared in 1-2 treatments in 80% of cases.

The Discovery Pico only has 2 picosecond wavelengths at 532nm and 1064nm. It depends on the 694nm from a ruby laser that is in the nanosecond (Q-Switched) wavelength.  The 694nm ruby laser has been abandoned by most manufacturers due to its aggressive nature causing post-inflammation pigmentation (PIH), pain and downtime.

 

PULSE DURATION

PicoWay: 375ps @ 532nm, 300ps @ 785nm, 450ps @1064nm

Discovery Pico: 370ps @ 532nm, 450 ps @ 1064nm, 6ns @ 694nm

Pule duration refers to the speed that the laser is fired. The lower the number i.e. 300ps the faster the laser. This is the most important aspect to tattoo removal. The faster the laser the more shattering shockwave effect the laser has.

PicoWay is the only true 3 picosecond wavelength rated at 370ps for the 532nm, 300ps for the 785nm and 450ps for the 1064nm. In fact, the PicoWay is the fastest in the world at 300ps.

Discovery Pico markets itself as 3 wavelengths but one of them is the ruby laser (694nm) with 6ns (nanosecond). The 532nm and 1064 are rated effectively the same.

 

PEAK POWER

PicoWay: 0.9gw @ 1064nm, 0.53gw @ 532nm

Discovery Pico: 1.8gw @ 1064nm, 0.9gw @ 532nm

The formula is Peak power =  Energy (J)/ Pulse duration (S). You would never operate at maximum energy (fluence) regardless what skin type or tattoo you are treating because it would cause irreparable trauma in the skin tissue. Therefore, peak power is irrelevant when used for tattoo removal on human tissue it is just marketing because if the clinician used too much energy they would be over treating, risking bleeding and blisters. Peak power marketing may be more relevant when talking about industrial applications. The aim is to use the least amount of energy to create the fastest pulse duration. This ensures the least trauma to the tissue while treating. Ultimately, the only two specifications that matter are wavelengths and pulse duration.

 

SPOT SIZE

PicoWay: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 mm spot sizes

Discovery Pico: 2, 3, 4, 5 (square) & 2, 4, 6, 8 (round)

The larger the spot size, the deeper the laser reaches. The smaller the spot size the more concentrated the laser becomes. The correct protocol is to start on the largest spot size and increase the fluence and assess skin response. Based on the how the tattoo and skin handles the parameters the clinician will continue to reduce the spot size to achieve maximum effective threshold. This is the perfect balance of energy used to achieve results without damaging the tissue.

 

FRACTIONAL LASER

PicoWay: Holographic fractional technology

Discovery Pico: Fractional technology

Both systems have the fractional laser function. This is primarily used for facial rejuvenation by cell destruction in the dermal layer with little to zero epidermal disruption. This process stimulates new collagen and elastin production.

 

GUARANTEED RESULTS

Since the 2015 release, multiple clinical white papers have reported on the PicoWay’s success in clearing tattoos. Since the 2017 release of the 785nm the clearance rate of blue and green tattoos has increased significantly, in fact some have cleared after 1-2 treatments. Due to the time in the market the results have been well documented by many clinical studies.

Discovery Pico has just been recently released therefore the systems have not been in the market place long enough to establish in clinic results with photographic evidence.

Another important point is when a clinic says the words “guaranteed result” there should be a guarantee linked with the results. Otherwise, it is a hollow promise. Ask the clinic what they will do if the result is less than expectation.

 

COST PER TREATMENT

This is one of the most misunderstood factors in tattoo removal. Many clinics are discounting to make their quote attractive. However, if the treatments take more time due to an inferior system or inexperienced operator the number of actual treatments could mean you need double the amount of treatments or more. This mistake could end up costing you more. This is when a maximum number of treatment guarantee will cap the total cost.

 

OPERATOR EXPERIENCE

This is a very simple yet overlooked question a client forgets to ask the operator. “What are your qualifications?” In NSW there is no regulation preventing anyone operating a Class 4 laser. Qualified dermal clinicians, registered nurses and doctors are trained in understanding skin science and responses. If they are not one of these then the person handling the medical device doesn’t understand the clinical endpoints and contradictions of such devices.

 

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We strongly advise you to research and visit a few clinics before making your final decision on the clinic you choose to perform your treatment. Price should only form a small part of why you choose the clinic. Professionalism, honesty and expert advice is as important, if not more important. If you choose the cheapest price it often becomes an expensive mistake in the long term.

If you would like to talk to the team at Eden Tattoo Removal you can call us on 02 8020 5819. Check out our tattoo removal before and after photos for Sydney.



PicoWay Laser Wins Prestigious Tattoo Removal Award

Picoway wins prestigious tattoo removal awardIn the UK’s recent THE Aesthetic Industry Awards, the PicoWay by Syneron-Candela won the award for The Best PicoSecond Laser.  The Aesthetic Industry Awards honours the best leaders and innovators in the aesthetic industry and the winners are judged by a panel of experts from across the industry.

In this article, we talk about the science behind the PicoWay and why you should choose Eden Tattoo Removal as the number one clinic for your laser tattoo removal in Sydney.

 

THE PICOWAY LASER EXPLAINED

The PicoWay by Syneron-Candela is FDA cleared for a wide range of tattoos, offering better and faster results on different skin types.  A dual wavelength laser with a much shorter energy pulse, the PicoWay laser is 4.5 times more powerful than traditional lasers and creates a higher energy soundwave to shatter tattoo ink into much smaller fragments, making it easier for your system to remove and clear.

The PicoWay laser is safer and significantly less painful than traditional lasers, with less chance of burning the skin because the energy is better targeted to the ink. The end result is that tattoo removal with the PicoWay is safer, quicker and costs less than traditional laser tattoo removal in Sydney.

WHAT’S NEXT

In the last decade, the surge in the number of people getting tattoos has also seen an increase in demand for tattoo removal. The PicoWay laser system is the safest and most effective laser tattoo removal system available in Australia. If you have been considering getting your tattoo removed or faded, come and see us for a free consultation. We can answer any questions you have and show you the amazing results the PicoWay laser can achieve.



PicoWay Laser Makes Q-Switch Tattoo Removal Obsolete

Q-Switch obsolete thanks to Picoway tattoo removalYou may think that all tattoo removal lasers are basically the same, but in fact they are not. It’s like trying to compare a Commodore to a Ferrari. The speed at which a laser delivers energy to the tattoo ink makes a huge difference on the quality of removal and the time at which it takes to remove a tattoo.

In this article we discuss the difference between picosecond and nanosecond lasers and why nanosecond or Q-switch lasers are becoming obsolete.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PICOWAY AND Q-SWITCH LASERS

The key difference between a nanosecond (Q-Switch ND:YAG) and picosecond (PicoWay) laser is the speed at which each device delivers energy. Nanosecond lasers deliver energy with a slower pulse, measured in nanoseconds – a billionth of a second. Picosecond lasers deliver energy with a much faster pulse, measured in picoseconds – a trillionth of a second.

The PicoWay is a new generation, medical grade, FDA approved picosecond laser. With its ultra-fast pulse, it shatters the tattoo ink into much smaller particles than other devices. The smaller the tattoo ink particles, the easier and faster it is for your body to clear the ink through its normal metabolic processes.

 

The much faster speed of the PicoWay laser results in faster tattoo removal, with less pain and faster healing/ recovery time.

 

COST AND TIME DIFFERENCES FOR TATTOO REMOVAL

Price is always going to be a factor when comparing tattoo removal providers. At Eden Tattoo Removal, we have the best technology and we will match any equivalent tattoo removal quote with our price match guarantee.

Although PicoWay is a superior device to the Q-Switch ND:YAG’s, Detail Tattoo Removal will match any clinic’s equivalent series pricing to remove a tattoo.

You will need to take into account the number of sessions required to remove your tattoo – you may need 12-15+ sessions with a nanosecond device, whereas you may only need 6-8 sessions with the PicoWay. Costs quickly add up over the additional sessions required with a nanosecond laser.

But, the biggest cost with Nanosecond devices (Q-Switch ND:YAG) is time.  You need 6 to 8 weeks between Nanosecond sessions to allow your skin to heal, but more importantly to give your body time to digest and clear the tattoo ink.

A black tattoo can be removed in approximately 5.5 months with the PicoWay, whereas it would take approximately 18 months for the same tattoo to be removed with a nanosecond laser! 

 

WHAT ARE NANOSECOND DEVICES?

Some clinics won’t admit to having a nanosecond device, so here’s a list of the NanoSecond or Q-switch ND:Yag devices/ machines in Sydney:

  • Quanta Q-Plus C, Q-Switch laser
  • RevLite Q-Switch, laser
  • Astanza Q-Switch, laser
  • Pastelle Q-Switch laser
  • Palomar Q-YAG 5 laser
  • Candela ATV Q-Switch laser

 

NOT ALL PICOSECOND DEVICES ARE EQUAL

Let’s get something cleared up, the PicoWay is a different device to the PicoSure. In fact the only thing that is similar between these two tattoo removal devices, is the “Pico” in their name which is short for PicoSecond.

The Picosure (by Cynosure) was the first “Picosecond” device on the market, and currently has a class action lawsuit against it in the USA – read more

The PicoWay (by Syneron-Candela) has improved on this technology in four key areas:

 

  1. More power – almost three times more powerful meaning more effective clearance
  2. Tri wavelength – target all colours and skin types, including darker skin
  3. Pulse duration – almost twice as fast (see table below)
  4. Type of energy – the PicoWay is mainly photoacoustic (sound) vs Picosure which is mainly photothermal (heat). With the PicoWay’s photoacoustic energy there is less damage to the skin meaning faster recovery and less time between sessions.

 

Picoway vs Picosure

 



Painless Laser Tattoo Removal – Does It Exist?

Tattoo removal in Sydney with less painOne of the main reasons why people avoid having their unwanted tattoo(s) removed is the perception that it is painful. There certainly are painful and potentially dangerous methods for attempting to remove a tattoo including dermabrasion, salabrasion and q-switched laser removal, but what about the latest technology that makes customers comfort and safety a priority?

Any removal method that damages the skins’ surface is bound to lead to pain and scarring. At Eden Tattoo Removal we have seen time and time again the scarring people have suffered from painful tattoo removal methods. The way you start to remove a tattoo has a big impact on the end result. Laser tattoo removal removes ink from the skin, not scarring. We discuss why some methods are extremely painful and what makes the PicoWay laser the most comfortable way to remove or fade your tattoo.

PAINFUL TATTOO REMOVAL

Trauma to the skin will cause initial pain and can also lead to ongoing pain in the form of infection or the corrective surgery needed to improve the appearance of scarring.

Dermabrasion and salabrasion are both methods that remove the layers of skin above the tattoo attempting to get down to the tattoo ink. Salabrasion in particular is known to be excruciating and needs to be done multiple times. When the outer layer of skin is damaged, or “sanded” away, the natural defence mechanism that makes our skin so incredible is removed.  A scar is the natural wound repair response to this form of treatment. The worst thing about these techniques is that it doesn’t work as the wound can’t get to the ink and leaves most of the ink behind.

Q-switched laser tattoo removal is more popular than salabrasion or dermabrasion, however it is very painful. It works at a much slower speed than the PicoWay and these types of lasers can also produce a lot of heat which causes pain during treatment. Applying numbing cream before treatment and ice after will help but there have been many instances where people have had to stop during a session as they cannot handle the pain.

 

COMFORTABLE TATTOO REMOVAL

The PicoWay laser is the most comfortable laser tattoo removal option. It works at picosecond speed (a trillionth of a second) and the laser energy shatters the ink into the tiniest particles making it easier and faster for your body to clear the ink through its natural processes. You’ll spend less time under the laser and less time waiting between treatments.

The PicoWay is FDA cleared and is safe to use on all tattoo colours and all skin types. You could have your tattoo removed up to a year faster than other lasers. Think of it as the Bugatti of lasers.

Laser tattoo removal price match in Sydney

NEXT STEPS

For the most comfortable laser tattoo removal in Sydney, book your complimentary consultation at Eden Tattoo Removal, Sydney’s tattoo removal experts. During your consultation you can discuss what you want to achieve – total clearance or just a fade and ask any questions that you have about the PicoWay laser or the treatment process.

You can give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now. If you already have an appointment, you can easily add a free consultation to your booking.



Official: Nanosecond Laser Is Outdated Tattoo Removal Technology

 NANOSECOND LASER TATTOO REMOVAL TECHNOLOGY REPLACED BY PICOSECOND LASER

Outdated laser removal technologyAs reported in our article, “PicoWay Laser Makes Q-Switched Nanosecond Tattoo Removal Obsolete” back in August 2016, nanosecond lasers were starting to become superseded by the latest picosecond lasers. However, there has been some false starts by the first-generation systems like the PicoSure. A few years ago, manufacturers were trying to discredit the picosecond technology saying that picosecond was no more effective than nanosecond. The real reason why they were saying this was because they didn’t yet have a picosecond in their range. Now, all the same manufacturers are only promoting their picosecond systems and have stopped development in nanosecond lasers. Anything in technology only logically progresses. Picosecond laser is like the digital phone and nanosecond laser is like the analogue phone. I am going to break down the differences between the two technologies.

 

NANOSECOND VS PICOSECOND SPEED

To understand the how fundamentally different the two technologies are, you need to understand what the terms “nanosecond” and “picosecond” mean. Nanosecond and picosecond are simply a measure of time, more specifically the measure of a fraction of a second.

  • Nanosecond is billionth of a second
  • Picosecond is a trillionth of a second

Therefore, picosecond is 1000 x faster than a nanosecond. The speed of how fast a laser is fired determines how much force it can generate due to the shockwave effect. Just like a whip, the shockwave generated with the picosecond laser can shatter ink pigment into minuscule particles. Nanosecond laser is 1000 x slower and depends on heat to disrupt the ink pigment, leaving larger particles.

 

SMALLER PARTICLES

A picosecond laser can shatter the ink pigment into minuscule particles meaning the immune system can be more efficient in carrying away the particles. Macrophages are the pac-man of the immune system that engulf any pathogens like tattoo ink. The pigment needs to be small enough to be carried away through tissue and blood system and excreted in the waste system. Nanosecond laser leave larger ink particles which mean the macrophages have trouble removing the ink from the tattoo sites in the tissue.

PicoWay tattoo removal sequence:

Tattoo removal sequence

 

PHOTO-ACOUSTIC VS PHOTO-THERMAL

A picosecond laser fires the laser at such a rapid rate (trillionth of a second) the laser creates a shockwave. The shockwave is doing the shattering like a whip. There is next to zero heat as the laser doesn’t have the time to stay on the area to generate heat. This means the picosecond laser is photo-acoustic.

A nanosecond laser fires the laser at a slower rate (billionth of a second) and is using mainly heat to disrupt the ink. The laser heats the ink and the surrounding tissue to break up the pigment. This means the nanosecond laser is photo-thermal.

The difference in heat is a very important factor in the efficiency of tattoo ink clearance and also trauma on the skin tissue.

PhotoacousticPhotothermal

 

 

INTERVALS BETWEEN TREATMENTS

Due to the lack of heat (photo-acoustic) with picosecond lasers, clients are able to reduce the intervals in between tattoo removal sessions to 4 weeks. Nanosecond laser is all about using heat (photo-thermal) which means the client needs 8-10 weeks recovery between treatments. When the tattoo has been treated with so much heat, the tissue needs much more time for complete healing before you can perform another treatment.

 

SCARRING

Scarring is very unlikely with a picosecond laser due to the lack of heat. Scarring is likely and frequent with the nanosecond laser. Heating the tissue around the tattoo ink over and over again with the nanosecond laser is creating trauma. This leads to subdermal scarring. This further encapsulates the ink in the scar tissue.

 

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS

All the factors listed above contribute to the picosecond laser requiring less treatments.

  • Picosecond speed
  • Smaller particles
  • Photo-acoustic
  • Less recovery time between treatments

On average, black tattoos are cleared in 6-8 treatments.

Nanosecond lasers require any number from 15+ treatments. We have seen many situations where the tattoo is not cleared at all.

 

COST

Total treatment cost with the Picosecond laser works out cheaper in the long run due to fewer treatments required.

Nanosecond laser operators advertise cheaper individual treatment costs but because the treatments can take 15 treatments, the total cost in fact works out much more expensive.

LIST OF PICOSECOND LASER SYSTEMS

  • PicoSure – Cynosure
  • PICO Genesis – Cutera
  • PicoPlus – Lutronics
  • PiQo4 – Lumenis
  • PicoClear – Alma
  • PicoCare – Wontech
  • Discovery Pico – Quanta
  • PicoWay – Syneron Candela

 

PICOWAY

Eden PicowayThe choice of picosecond laser is starting to become more available. Even clinics that were trying to discredit picosecond lasers as un-tested are now upgrading to the picosecond laser systems.

At Eden Tattoo Removal we upgraded from our nanosecond laser 4 years ago. We had the ability to purchase any of the available systems, but we chose to invest in the PicoWay for the following factors.

PicoWay advantages:

  • Fastest 300ps picosecond laser – shatters tattoo ink pigment smaller than other systems
  • High pulse energy – achieves photo-acoustic shockwave
  • Only picosecond laser with genuine 3 laser wavelengths 532nm, 1062nm and the unique 785nm- to treat black and all colours
  • Laser energy stability with energy fluctuation of less than 1.9% – to ensure each pulse is consistent
  • Spot size and fluence adjustable independently – to allow therapist to treat all tattoo scenarios

 

BOOK A FREE CONSULTATION

At Eden Tattoo Removal, we are specialists in tattoo clearance with the best laser technology. Please call (02) 8020 5819 to book your free consultation or click the button below to book online.

Sydney Laser Tattoo Removal – Lost in Translation

Tattoo removal lost in translationStatistics show the popularity of body art continues to rise. Over 25 percent of Australian’s under the age of 30 have at least one tattoo. Talented artists have entered the industry, many with fine arts training. There is an overall impression of improved artistic quality, with customer expectations high. Tattoos are featured in contemporary art exhibitions, mainstream culture, and are even the subject of coffee-table books. Reasons for getting a tattoo include an expression of individuality; a desire to feel more sexy; and wanting to be intriguing or interesting.

Unfortunately, not all tattoos are appreciated by employers, family, or in many cases the wearer themselves. Artists are not all created equal, and the results are plain to see, often leading to discrimination or embarrassment. Web sites abound depicting the unfortunate, and sometimes very amusing results of bad handiwork by inept tattoo artists. From clumsy amateur work, incorrect spelling, wrongly translated Chinese characters, to impossibly bad portrait reproduction, tattoo regret is on the rise, and with it laser tattoo removal in Sydney. Misunderstood tattoos have even resulted in the wearers being mistaken for gang members. In Osaka, Japan, where the notorious crime syndicate, the yakusza has much influence, tattoos are banned.

Quite often tattoos create divisive attitudes even between formerly close parents, children, and siblings. If suffering tattoo regret, you are not alone. Millions of people around the world feel the same way. As one disappointed customer lamented:

“It’s bad enough making a poor decision, and remembering it…having to look at a poor choice every time you look in the mirror can be downright torture.”

Having to face a bad decision daily can lead to poor self esteem. The upside is that everyone makes bad choices at one time or another, and it is counterproductive to perpetually admonish yourself, and a waste of time. There are measures that can be taken to diminish, and even reverse the regret of a bad tattoo.


Fortunately, modern tattoo removal technologies are a far cry from methods previously used. The removal of poor body art doesn’t need to result in scarring, skin pigmentation issues, or blistering that looks worse than the tattoo itself. In fact, quality FDA approved lasers work with the body in the elimination of ink particles. Specific lasers can even target individual ink colours. Pinpoint laser accuracy also provides the option for partial tattoo removal, especially useful for customers wanting to change lettering, or re-do inferior artwork.

Tattoos are gradually receiving acceptance even in white collar professions, but approval remains subject to preconceived conceptions, discrimination, and attitudes toward stereotypes. Often, people will dismiss tattoos as only suitable for prisoners, fisherman, or motorcycle gang members – or at best a misplaced rite of passage in young adulthood. Nevertheless, the days of colonial subjugation where tattoos were often seen as a heathen activity are long gone. In the present age of individual and collective expression plastered on billboards, T-shirts, and computer screens, it is not at all surprising to see body art at the forefront of self-expression.

Just as it is important to thoroughly research tattoo options prior to getting inked, it is also highly recommended prior to laser tattoo removal in Sydney. The rise of the tattoo industry has seen an increase in shoddy work alongside the brilliant. Conversely, genuinely qualified and talented tattoo removalists are being forced to compete with incompetent charlatans. It is important to firstly determine that the tattoo removalist is FDA approved. Those considering removal should visit an accredited clinician and discuss the procedure options. Only when fully satisfied that the clinician is capable of doing a first-class job should one go ahead and book the procedure. Rushing into getting a tattoo can result in tattoo regret. Don’t make the same mistake twice by rushing into tattoo removal before investigating options.

 



Latest Technology For Multi-Colour Tattoo Removal

Coloured tattoo removal SydneyThere is a lot of science behind removing a multi-coloured tattoo by laser. The reason why multi-coloured tattoos are far more difficult to remove than black tattoos is because different colours of ink pigment absorb different levels of energy before they shatter. Black is the easiest pigment to remove, because it is the darkest and absorbs the most energy. Green, blue and yellow are some of the most difficult. In the past, this has meant that multi-coloured tattoos required complicated (and costly) treatment regimes, using different lasers to treat different colours.

Now, with the latest advances in medical-grade lasers, specifically the PicoWay laser, we are able to effectively treat multiple colours at the same time and on all skin types.

ADVANTAGES OF THE PICOWAY LASER FOR MULTI-COLOURED TATTOOS

One of the greatest advantages of the PicoWay laser for laser tattoo removal is that the safer short pulse length, combined with three different wavelengths (532nm, 785nm and 1064nm), is able to treat multiple colours at the same time. Before the tri-wavelength PicoWay, blue and green inks were two of the most difficult tattoo colours to remove.

The PicoWay boasts the first ever and only 785nm wavelength for picosecond laser, enabling optimal treatment for blue and green tattoos. The new wavelength, along with the existing 532 and 1,064nm wavelengths enhances the exceptional tattoo removal abilities of the PicoWay laser to safely and rapidly remove multi-coloured tattoos.

Another key advantage of the PicoWay is the shorter interval between treatments and fewer treatments needed. You will normally only need to wait 2-4 weeks between treatments, compared to around 6 weeks for alternative lasers. This means that you can have your tattoo removed faster, in approximately 6 months versus 18 months for alternative lasers.

To see PicoWay tattoo removal pricing or to book a free consultation, simply click on one of the buttons below.

 

Laser Tattoo Removal: Why Dodgy Operators Are So Dangerous

Danger of dodgy tattoo removalThere are literally hundreds of laser tattoo removal clinics across Australia, but not all of them are equal, as some people are finding out the hard way. There are different types of lasers which will give you varying results, but equally as important (if not more so), is the quality of the clinician who uses the laser.

Just like with cosmetic surgery, depending on the level of training and expertise of your surgeon, you will get dramatically different results. The same can be said for laser tattoo removal – the level of training, knowledge and expertise of the clinician or technician will dramatically affect your tattoo removal and the safety and quality of your treatment.

THE REAL IMPACT OF BAD TATTOO REMOVAL

In January this year, there was a report in the media about a man who had suffered severe burns and life-changing tissue damage to his hands following the actions of a seemingly negligent clinician at a laser tattoo removal clinic. He was initially told he would require 10-12 treatment sessions to have the tattoos removed from his hands but after 15 sessions (at a cost of $170 each), he started asking questions.

News.com.au reports a quote from the injured man:

“I said ‘This has cost me a lot of money, why am I not getting the results?’ So she turned the laser machine right up, as high as it goes, and she said ‘This is the highest setting it can possibly go to’, and she cooked my hand.”

He suffered horrifying third degree burns, bleeding and excruciating pain. He suffered financially from not being able to work and as the skin was not able to heal due to the damage, it was constantly cracking and bleeding. He has been left with ‘chunks’ out of his skin and scarring.

Clearly, the clinician in this instance was inexperienced and dangerous behind a laser. Before you sign up for tattoo removal, know who you are dealing with – look at reviews, complaints, qualifications and how long they have been in the business.

 

TATTOO REMOVAL LASERS – HEAT VS PHOTO-ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGY

Many dodgy tattoo removal clinics will use IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for tattoo removal. Let’s get one thing clear – IPL is not a laser and should not be used for tattoo removal and it doesn’t break up the ink. The heat that IPL generates can cause significant tissue damage including burns, infection and scarring.

The PicoWay laser is different in that it was developed with the aim of being the best laser tattoo removal device. It fires the laser at a trillionth of a second and creates a shockwave (rather than heat) to shatter the ink into minuscule particles. The PicoWay is fast, powerful, can treat all colours as well as new tattoos, is safe to use on all skin types and treatment is more comfortable than Q-switched lasers.

 

The team at Eden Tattoo Removal are highly trained experts, offering the best service and advice so you can achieve the results you expect.

 

NEXT STEPS

Eden Tattoo Removal, Sydney’s laser tattoo removal experts, offer a free consultation where a tattoo removal expert will analyse your skin and your tattoo(s), give you personalised information and answer any questions you have.

You can give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now. If you already have an appointment, you can easily add a free consultation to your booking.

 

Laser Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Laser tattoo removal frequently asked questionsDid you know that many of our clients decide that their tattoo needs a re-work or they have an updated design in mind? Do you love your tattoo and want it updated, or do you want to remove part of it to have it re-inked? Perhaps your tattoo has lost its significance and you want it gone.

At Eden Tattoo Removal, the laser tattoo removal specialist in Sydney, we can help you achieve the results you are looking for – whether it’s a complete tattoo removal, a part removal, or a fade – we offer a free consultation to discuss your options with you.

In this article we answer some of our most popular questions for laser tattoo removal.

 

TOP QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Can I Get A New Tattoo In The Same Place I Had One Removed?

Yes, we fade many tattoos for clients who want to get their design re-inked. This is a major benefit of the PicoWay, we can have you back to your favourite tattoo artist faster than competitor machines. Once the skin has completely healed it is safe to tattoo over the same area.

Is It Possible To Get Part Of My Tattoo Removed?

Yes. The PicoWay laser has very precise control down to 2mm spot sizes (maximum 10mm), so it is possible to remove elements of the tattoo without affecting the rest.

Why Choose The PicoWay Laser?

The PicoWay laser for tattoo removal is faster – less time under the laser and shorter time between treatments.  It’s also practically painless when compared to other lasers and achieves superior results than traditional lasers.

How Much Does It Cost?

To view our pricing for laser tattoo removal, simply click on the button below:

 

Can You Remove Permanent Makeup Or Cosmetic Tattoos?

The PicoWay laser is extremely effective on cosmetic tattoos and generally requires fewer treatments because less ink is used and it is injected closer to the skins’ surface.

Can Anyone Have Laser Tattoo Removal?

There are several conditions that make laser tattoo removal unsafe, a full list should be provided at your first consultation. Examples include; pregnancy, history of seizures (eg. epilepsy), implanted medical devices such as a pacemaker, active skin infections or acne and a history of being sensitive to infrared light.

There are some medications and supplements that can cause complications (eg: bruising) – these can be discussed with us or with your doctor.

Treatment cannot be performed on recently tanned skin or skin treated with fake tan or exposed to a tanning salon. Sun exposure should be avoided 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after treatment. Fake tan application must be stopped a week before treatment.

 

NEXT STEPS

If you have never been to Eden Tattoo Removal, you can either give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now.

 

Know Your Tattoo Removal Operator or Risk Severe Burns

Know your tattoo removal operator or risk severe burnsMaking a decision to have your tattoo removed is a serious matter. Selecting the right technology is only the first step in a complex process. The next is ensuring the operator is expertly trained and experienced in the laser tattoo removal procedure. It isn’t always about the maximum energy into the tattoo. You want to have clear and healthy skin after the tattoo removal treatment and not be left with a scar. At Eden Tattoo Removal we give clear and honest advice before starting any procedure.

In this article, we look at what happens in the worst case scenario when you choose the wrong place and discuss what you need to know and the consultation process at Eden Tattoo Removal, Sydney’s laser tattoo removal specialist, so you know you’re in good hands.

DON’T BE LEFT WITH A SCAR INSTEAD OF A TATTOO

The image below is of a woman from Montreal who suffered second-degree burns and horrific scarring after her tattoo removal procedure.  We have seen many examples like this in Sydney too.

 

You can read the full story here: Tattoo-removal procedures leave clients ‘horrified,’ scarred for life

Don’t be fooled by the fine print with some operators, they may state a ‘small chance’ of scarring. This kind of outcome can and does happen, and for consumers, it happens far too frequently. The tattoo removal industry in Australia is largely unregulated, giving free-reign to inexperienced operators who don’t understand lasers, and the opportunity to make a living by destroying your skin.

IMPORTANCE OF A CONSULTATION

Before you book your tattoo removal treatment, it is recommended you take advantage of a free, one-on-one consultation with a qualified clinician. This is a very important step in understanding what happens during the treatment of your tattoo. You will get personalised information based on your skin type, your tattoo, your medical history and your expectations. Most importantly, this is your opportunity to ask all the questions you have. When you walk out of this free consultation you should have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

If you haven’t had a free one-on-one Tattoo Removal consultation, you can click on the button below and book one now.

INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT

During your consultation, clinic staff will explain how the technology works and discuss the options available for removing or fading your tattoo. The clinic will provide you with a quote and some fact sheets about preparing for your treatment.

To get the best results from your treatment, you are advised to:

  • Avoid sun exposure and any cosmetic tanning (spray tans, self-tanning products and solariums)
  • Speak to your doctor about any medications you are taking that may impact your treatment
  • Stop smoking before and during treatment, because smoking slows healing and how quickly the pigment is removed after treatment

Some medicines are not safe to use during laser tattoo removal and you need to stop taking them 2 weeks before your treatment. The clinic will provide you with a list of medications that can cause complications, but don’t stop taking any medication without speaking to your doctor first.

NEXT STEPS

If you would like to know more about our PicoWay, we offer a free consultation where we can give you personalised information for your tattoo removal and answer any questions you have.

If you have never been to Eden Tattoo Removal, you can either give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now.



Is Your Laser Tattoo Removal Operator Qualified?

Eden tattoo removal operatorIn New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory and South Australia anyone that has a Laser Safety Officer certificate can perform laser tattoo removal. In Queensland, Radiation Health is responsible to issue laser tattoo removal licenses and a certification of competency after a minimum number of hours in a log book. In Western Australian and Tasmania only doctors are allowed to operate a laser.

Due to the self-regulating nature of the industry, this raises the question for the consumer how do you know your operator knows what they are doing?” Unfortunately, the risk normally falls back on the consumer. This poses real dangers for the consumer. A rise in serious injury and scarring is occurring on unsuspecting people. The class 4 laser system used in tattoo removal is a medical grade device that can do irreversible damage when operated incorrectly.

The belief that the laser tattoo removal industry is the next lucrative segment after laser hair removal has encouraged an explosion of operators. Some clinics are from large brands and some are small operators that even operate from home. The ease of purchasing a device from the internet that claims tattoo removal has even seen mobile operators pop up.

 

FDA APPROVED LASER SYSTEMS

Eden PicoWayThere are only 2 types of FDA approved laser systems for tattoo removal. There is the older technology Q-Switched Nd:YAG and the latest technology picosecond laser system like PicoWay.

Every other laser system will not treat tattoos. There are many different types of laser that have been designed to perform very specific task. You can’t use the wrong laser for the wrong task, it is just like trying to use a hammer to do the task of a screwdriver.

If your clinic is trying to use the same laser that treats hair removal or skin rejuvenation for tattoo removal then the laser system will not work, or worse, damage your skin.

If your clinic is using IPL (intense pulse light) for tattoo removal, then it will not work and will only burn and scar your skin.

If your operator is using a mobile device that plugs into a domestic powerpoint then this is the first warning that your operator is unprofessional as it is impossible that this device will work for tattoo removal. Devices that are plugged into a domestic powerpoint will not have enough power to shatter tattoo ink pigment. But it does have enough power to burn your skin. A Q-Switched or picosecond laser is plugged into a commercial 32amp powerpoint.

 

ANY PERSON CAN SET UP A LASER TATTOO BUSINESS

It is very easy today for anyone to start a laser tattoo business, if they have the financial means. Purchasing a laser system and leasing a premise will have you opened as laser tattoo removal clinic within weeks in NSW. Even if the clinic invests $300,000 on the top of the line PicoWay laser system, the device’s success in clearing a tattoo safely is up to the operator. The qualification and understanding the skin response comes with years of training as a skin therapist. Training to get certification from the manufacturer of the equipment takes many hours of hands-on training. Ongoing training takes time and financial commitment. Not many operators undertake best practise and instead set up shop and immediately start taking appointments.

 

TYPES OF OPERATORS

Doctors and nurses both gain the knowledge and skills to operate a laser device. They understand the anatomy of the human body and more.

Skin clinicians have undertaken the same basic training as doctors and nurses to understand the anatomy of the human body. The strengths of skin clinicians is that they only concentrate on skin maintenance and treat skin conditions in their careers. Experienced skin clinicians understand how to take care of skin integrity before, during and post laser treatments. If the skin clinician is thoroughly trained by the manufacturers of the laser system, they will understand the correct protocols and parameters of the laser and operate it without damaging the skin.

Unqualified operators are people that have bought the laser system and undertaken a Laser Safely Officer (LSO) certificate only. The LSO teaches a person the physics of lasers and IPL. This certificate is issued after a half day course. Any operator that is not a doctor, nurse or skin clinician will not have the skills and knowledge to advise or treat skin to maintain skin integrity during and post laser tattoo removal. They also will not know how to advise or provide solutions for an adverse skin reaction.

A laser is dangerous equipment that requires a responsible operator. Without correct training and knowledge the laser can cause irreparable damage.

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK

There are some simple ways to give yourself some piece of mind with your laser tattoo removal operator. Here are some questions to ask the clinic operator even if you already know the answer:

Qualifications: Ask your operator what qualifications they have. If they only have a LSO certificate then they will not have had the years of training and experience required to care for your skin. Just following an instruction manual to set the parameters isn’t adequate. Correct use of the laser system requires the operator to assess skin response during treatment to adjust the fluence to maximise clearance and reduce risk.

Ongoing Training: Ask what type of additional ongoing training the operator undertakes. Laser technology is constantly advancing. The picosecond laser system has just been released and there are always new protocols and parameters that are getting refined. At Eden Tattoo Removal our clinician’s report back to the manufacturers on in-clinic results. This feedback system ensures protocols and parameters are current, safe and working.

How laser tattoo removal works and how your immune system affects the results? Ask this simple question. If the operator struggles to explain how laser technology works then you should ask, should this operator be performing your treatment.

Article you might find helpful: How The Immune System Affects Laser Tattoo Removal Results

Wavelengths and skin types: Your operator should understand when and why they use the different wavelengths to treat the skin type, colour of the pigment and depth of the ink. 532nm is for brown, red, orange and yellow, 694nm to 785nm is for greens and blues, 1064nm is for black. The wavelength of each laser is also selected to target the ink at different depth of the dermis. Another consideration is the skin type. 532nm is designed mainly for lighter skin types and 1064nm is safer for darker skin types. The combinations of parameters is extensive and requires knowledge and training to perform a safe tattoo removal.

Hypo-pigmentation, hyper-pigmentation and post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH): All 3 of these skin conditions can occur after laser tattoo removal. Ask the operator how they are going to avoid these conditions and how to treat it if it occurs. These conditions can occur and can be resolved but it is important to try to avoid it.

After treatment care: Ask the operator what they do post treatment. If the operator expects you to leave without dressing the area that has been treated, then you need ask yourself, is this operator professional. At Detail Tattoo Removal we apply Stratamed and a dressing post treatment to reduce the chanced of infection.

Article you might find useful: What To Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal

PROTOCOLS & PARAMETERS

Eden Tattoo Removal has strict protocols and understand the optimum parameters to achieve Maximum Effective Threshold. Here are the outcomes when parameters are too low or too high.

Parameters too low: If the operator uses a spot size that is too large or sets the fluence too low for the tattoo, the laser will not affect the ink pigment. You could have 50 treatments and the tattoo will not clear. Unfortunately, we see most chain laser clinics use a 1 size fits all set of parameters due to lack of knowledge and to minimise risk.

Parameters too high: If the operator uses a spot size that is too small or sets the fluence too high, the laser will fire past the skin and damage the tissue. This results in bleeding, blisters and possible permanent scarring. Unfortunately, we see this with the small independent clinics because they have very little training and they believe being aggressive with the parameters is the best way.

Maximum Effective Threshold: Our clinicians understand how to choose the correct spot size and fluence based on the skin type. We will choose a medium to smaller spot size on lighter skin type. We will choose a medium to larger spot size for a darker skin type. We set the fluence based on skin reaction from the first few pulses. After 4 weeks we observe how the skin has healed then increase the parameters accordingly. This is best way to achieve Maximum Effect Threshold. 80% of our clients achieve tattoo clearance within 6-8 treatments.

 

IT IS YOUR SKIN. DON’T TAKE CHANCES.

We highly recommend you to visit many clinics so you can ask these questions of each operator before you choose one. It is very important to spend this time because when laser tattoo removal goes wrong it can be irreversible. It is your skin and you should treat this treatment like any other medical procedure.

While cost may be a factor it shouldn’t be the main factor. A clinic operator’s reputation and professionalism is the main consideration. Like many things you purchase, you get what you pay for. A cheap price normally means it can you cost you more in the long run. If you choose a cheap clinic, sometimes you are lucky to only lose the money, we have seen clients that have visible scarring that makes clearing the remaining ink really difficult. We have many clients that have spent $1000’s with other clinics only to come to us and having to spend the same amount again just to finish the work.

To help in your research, see our article: 5 Best Tattoo Removal Clinics To Consider In Sydney

 

BOOK YOUR FREE CONSULTATION

At Eden Tattoo Removal we are proud of the fact that we will take the time to answer all your questions and provide you with honest answers.

Click the booking button or call 02 8020 5819 for a free consultation.

 

Impact Of Tattoos In The Corporate Workplace

Eden tattoos in workplaceThese days everyone seems to have a tattoo. With tattoos becoming more and more mainstream, you may not even think twice before getting yourself inked, but when it comes to the workplace, visible tattoos may be impacting your opportunities more than you know.

In this article we discuss the stigma associated with tattoos in the workplace and options for tattoo removal if you want to put your career progression first.

 

TATTOO PREJUDICE IN THE WORKPLACE

There are definitely “levels” of acceptability when it comes to tattoos in the corporate workplace with many organisations having set policies for tattoos. Hand, neck and face tattoos won’t even get you an offer for an interview, let alone the actual job in some corporate workplaces. Full sleeves and leg tattoos may be ok if they can be covered but if a (potential) employer knows you have a tattoo or multiple tattoos, they are likely to make a judgement, whether it’s conscious or not. The best tattoos in the workplace are ones that can be easily covered and nobody will ever know are there.

When it comes to tattoos at work, most employers and hiring managers still take a dim view on visible tattoos due to the fact that older generations are likely to be a large proportion of business and tattoos weren’t as acceptable then as they are today. The opinions of customers are taken into account when setting a dress code or tattoo policy.

Employers and hiring managers are well within their rights to make a hiring or promotion decision based on someone’s tattoos as long as their decision isn’t discriminatory. In order to give your promotion or job opportunities the best chance, you may be considering tattoo removal.

 

TATTOO REMOVAL OPTIONS

There are various options when it comes to tattoo removal, however many don’t work, or worse, will leave you with scarring. We have seen in the media the dangers of acid injections and IPL lasers in the wrong hands. Surgery will leave scarring and dermabrasion is ineffective as it can’t get deep enough through the epidermis to get to the dermal layer where the ink is.

The only safe and effective option for tattoo removal is laser tattoo removal and the PicoWay is the market leading laser.

 

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WITH THE PICOWAY

At Eden Tattoo Removal removal specialists Sydney, we use the PicoWay laser for the best in laser tattoo removal treatment. It is FDA cleared for treating tattoos, it precisely targets the tattoo ink and with its superior performance, shatters ink into tinier particles, making it easier and faster for your body to clear. It is effective on all tattoo colours and all skin types.

If you want to improve your career prospects and chances of promotion, then come in for a free consultation to have your tattoos assessed by one of our tattoo removal specialists.

 

NEXT STEPS

If you would like to know more about laser tattoo removal Sydney, at Eden Tattoo Removal, we offer a free consultation where we can give you personalised information for your tattoo removal and answer any questions you have.

If you have never been to Eden Tattoo Removal, you can either give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now.

 



How Your Tattoo Could Cost You Thousands

The latest tattoo trends include hip tattoos, inner arm tattoos, photorealistic (life-like) tattoos, tiny tattoos, script tattoos and geometric tattoos. Small tattoos on your hip are easy to cover but larger ones on arms, hands, legs or neck are difficult, if not impossible to conceal if required. Being able to openly express your individuality through permanent body art is a wonderful thing but it can have consequences. Your new photorealistic sleeve tattoo might be the envy of all your mates, but what is it really costing you?

In this article we discuss how your tattoo could cost you thousands, potentially tens of thousands, without you even knowing.

 

TATTOOS IMPACT EARNING OPPORTUNITIES

It’s true that tattoos have become much more mainstream than they used to be, that the stigma and prejudices attached to tattoos have faded somewhat but in business when it comes to the crunch, a tattoo can have a huge impact on your earnings.

Younger generations today have become relatively neutralised to tattoos, however there is still a huge chunk of the population that grew up with tattoos being adorned mainly by bikies and criminals. Think about that job you quoted on or that promotion you went for – if you didn’t land it and you have a visible tattoo, chances are your tattoo may have had an impact. The worst part is that many people subconsciously judge others so they may not even realise that they are being biased and therefore you will never know the truth.

An employer is within their rights to not offer you a promotion because of your tattoo(s) as long as their decision is not discriminatory.

Over time, the value of repeated lost opportunities can add up significantly. If you feel that your tattoo is having a negative impact on you earning potential and it’s not in a place that can be easily covered then laser tattoo removal could be an option.

 

PICOWAY LASER TATTOO REMOVAL

The PicoWay is the leading laser tattoo removal device for the following reasons:

  • It’s the world’s fastest picosecond laser
  • It can remove your tattoo in 4 to 6 months versus around 1.5 years for alternative lasers
  • Only 2-4 weeks needed between treatments versus 4-10 weeks for alternative lasers
  • It can treat fresh tattoos
  • It can treat all colours
  • Safe to use on all skin types

 

BEFORE & AFTERS

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NEXT STEPS

For the fastest and most comfortable laser tattoo removal in Sydney, book your complimentary consultation at Eden Tattoo Removal, the tattoo removal experts. We will analyse your tattoo, give you a quote and explain what to expect before, during and after your treatment.

You can give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now.

 



How To Safely Remove Cosmetic Tattoos

Eden safely remove cosmetic tattoosHave you ever noticed people with blue, grey or red eyebrows that look really out of place as they don’t match their complexion or hair tone? Chances are that they have had cosmetic eyebrow tattooing and the colour has faded to a different colour over time. Or they have tried to have them removed but have been left with a different colour, or darker eyebrows. This can happen with all cosmetic tattoos as the ink used in this form of tattooing is different to traditional tattoos.

 

There is only one medical device that is FDA approved for the removal of cosmetic tattoos. Using any other system risks removing certain colours and leaving others, or changing the pigment colour, meaning you could be left with any shade of tattoo. Find out why the PicoWay is the only FDA approved system for removing cosmetic tattoos.

WHY IS THE PICOWAY THE SAFEST OPTION?

PicoWay is the only FDA approved system for safely and effectively removing cosmetic tattoos.

The PicoWay is different as the treatment generates next to no heat. With its photoacoustic effect it uses an ultra-fast shockwave to shatter the tattoo ink into the tiniest particles which your body’s immune system then clears through its natural cleansing processes.

Alternative lasers use mostly photothermal (heat) energy to target the ink which has the potential to change the colour of the ink or make it darker. The heat can also damage the surrounding tissue (especially on delicate facial skin) which can lead to scarring. The remaining colour can vary from light brown to warm red or blue and may not be suitable for further laser treatment.

 

WHY ARE COSMETIC TATTOOS DIFFERENT TO TRADITIONAL TATTOOS?

The ink used is different to traditional tattoo artists. When cosmetic artists need to get just the right colour, they mix various different pigments together to get exactly the right shade. This means you could have two, three, four or more pigment colours in the ink used for your tattoo.

With lasers, different wavelengths target different colours and some lasers are incapable of treating certain colours. You may be left with a colour that your clinician cannot remove simply because their device is not capable. It may also have the opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve by making the ink darker rather than removing it.

 

NEXT STEPS

For safe and complication-free cosmetic tattoo removal in Sydney, see Eden Tattoo Removal – specialists in cosmetic tattoo removal. We have the only technology approved for effective removal of cosmetic tattoos.

Simply book your complimentary consultation and we will analyse your tattoo(s), give you a quote and explain what to expect before, during and after your treatment.

You can give us a call on 02 8020 5819 or click on one of the buttons below to ask a question or book a free consultation online now.