Laser Tattoo Removal

Our motivation is to provide a tattoo removal experience and results that are unparalleled.

Laser tattoo removal is a highly specialised skill requiring advanced training and certification. At CQ Tattoo Removal Clinic all of your treatments are performed by Tineeke, our QLD Health Licensed and Certified Laser Clinician. We strive to provide honest, affordable and safe laser tattoo removal in a non-judgmental, comfortable, relaxing and friendly environment. We pride ourselves on using the world’s most advanced and highest performance Q-switched medical laser and with our high level of expertise we can ensure quality results are achieved every time. We can assist you with removing an unwanted tattoo or lightening a tattoo so you can achieve the best possible results for your new piece of art. Having the ability and expertise to perform precision tattoo removal procedures, we can target specific sections of your tattoo, no matter how big or small. Whatever your goals, we look forward to guiding you through the process. Your safety, comfort and satisfaction is our highest priority.

Laser Tattoo Removal Quick Facts

  • Laser Tattoo Removal or fading with Q-Switched nanosecond lasers and Picosecond lasers are currently the most effective means of removing or fading tattoos with the lowest chance of scarring in comparison to other methods.
  • Q-Switched nanosecond lasers and Picosecond lasers emit extremely high energy, short-lived pulses of laser that shatter tattoo ink particles to allow them to be removed by the body’s immune system.
  • Different laser wavelengths are required to remove different tattoo colours.
  • Laser can completely remove a tattoo or fade it for future modification or correction.
  • Usually, 10 or more sessions may be required to completely remove a professional tattoo. Fewer sessions are required for amateur tattoos and cosmetic tattoo/permanent makeup removal or to just fade a tattoo rather than remove it.
  • There are various factors that determine how many sessions a tattoo will take to remove.
  • Cosmetic tattooing of the eyebrows can also be removed.
  • Anesthetic creams are recommended to numb the skin prior to laser treatment.

Our Consultations

We offer detailed and thorough consultations designed to explain every aspect of the laser tattoo removal process with you, giving you peace of mind to make your tattoo removal decision and support you with any questions. Whatever your goals, Tineeke looks forward to guiding you through the process.

Consultations are $30 and are mandatory prior to treatment.

Tattoo Removal Treatment Prices

Thoughtfully designed and continuously fine-tuned, every tattoo removal treatment performed by our QLD Health Licensed and Certified Laser Clinician ~ Tineeke, is results focused and meticulously tailored to individual needs, delivered in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments start at $88 per session. Every tattoo is different so pricing for your particular tattoo will be given during Consultation.

Cosmetic Tattoo/Permanent Makeup Removal Treatment $150 per session.

Laser Tattoo Removal FAQ

Why would I want my tattoo removed?

According to research by top medical organisations, nearly half of all people with tattoos have considered removing them. Here are some reasons why:

  • Career reasons
  • Changing circumstances
  • Ageing skin
  • Incorrect placement
  • Changing colour
  • Outdated artwork
  • In some cases, lightening of the tattoo may be required, if replacing with a new tattoo

Does it hurt?

Firstly, a consultation is required with our Laser Clinician, Tineeke. Tineeke will discuss with you the pros and cons of laser tattoo removal. Should you decide to go ahead, you will be advised on some topical anesthetic cream. Most of the time this can be applied by yourself at home. Glad wrap is used to cover the area to be treated after application of the anesthetic cream. When topical anesthesia (cream) is used and combined with our specialised CryoPro Cooling System, the procedure is virtually painless. Laser tattoo removal without the above anesthesia can be painful. Once the area to be treated has been anesthetised properly, the laser tattoo removal procedure can be performed on the tattoo, without discomfort.

How many tattoo removal treatments will I need?

Generally several treatments will be required for tattoo removal. Multi-coloured and professional tattoos are generally harder to remove than single coloured or amateur tattoos and will require more treatments. For complete removal professional tattoos may require ten or more treatments and amateur tattoos, cosmetic tattoo or permanent makeup may require four or more as a rule. To lighten a tattoo in preparation for a new design, fewer sessions will be required. It is important to remember that each individual case is different. Factors that determine how many sessions will be required include;

  • Skin type – the darker the skin type, the more sessions will be required. Because the skin’s melanin and the tattoo ink are competing targets for the laser, the darker the skin, the more the laser will be attracted to the normal skin. Therefore, to prevent complications, usually a lower setting will need to be used on the laser and more sessions may be required on darker skin types.
  • Location of the tattoo – tattoo ink is broken down by the laser and taken away by the body’s lymphatic and immune systems. Blood supply and lymphatic drainage vary with various body areas, with the greatest supply being the head/neck and trunk, and the least to the extremities. Therefore tattoos that are situated in areas of high blood supply and lymphatic drainage require fewer treatments to remove.
  • Colour – the colour of the tattoo is determined by the type of ink used and the constituents of the ink. Black tends to be the most readily removed, with yellow, green, and multiple coloured tattoos being the hardest tattoos to remove.
  • Amount of ink – the amount of ink present in a tattoo will also determine how many sessions. Tattoos with minimal ink or outlines only tend to be easier to remove and require fewer sessions than heavily inked and solid tattoos.
  • Scarring – tattooing the skin can often lead to complications such as scarring and other changes in the tissue that make the tattoo more difficult to remove by laser. For tattoos that have caused these problems, more sessions may be required to remove the tattoos.
  • Layered tattoos – Tattoos that have been tattooed over with another tattoo tend to be more difficult to remove due to the added ink of the subsequent tattoo.

Overall, it is difficult to predict exactly the number of sessions required to remove or lighten your tattoo. Treatments are generally performed at a minimum of 6 or 8 weeks apart, depending on the individual and the location of the tattoo. This allows the body time to remove the tattoo pigment particles that have been broken down by the laser. The interval can be extended to allow the body more time to remove the tattoo pigment particles if necessary, but not reduced as this can increase the chance of unwanted side effects. The clinician and client need to be aware of the fact that a compromise must be struck between using excessively high laser energy levels, reducing the number of sessions, and increasing the risk of complications, and using lower laser energy levels and subsequently increasing the number of sessions required.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Tattoos consist of thousands of particles of tattoo pigment suspended in the skin. While normal human growth and healing processes remove small foreign particles from the skin, tattoo pigment particles are permanent because they are too big to be removed by the body’s lymphatic and immune systems. Laser tattoo removal treatment, however, causes tattoo pigment particles to shatter which results in fragmentation into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are then removed by the body’s lymphatic and immune systems.

Is tattoo removal a gradual process?

Yes, at each session, some but not all of the tattoo pigment particles are effectively fragmented, and the body removes the smallest fragments over the course of several weeks or months. The result is that the tattoo is gradually lightened over time. Remaining large particles of tattoo pigment are then targeted at subsequent treatment sessions, causing further lightening. The number of sessions, spacing between treatments and individual results depend on various parameters, including the type and quality of ink, depth, age of the tattoo, colours, area of the body treated, skin color and effectiveness of the immune system.

What Our Clients Say

“Tineeke was very professional and the clinic is very comfortable and clean. I had great results on my tattoo removal which was noticeable even after the first treatment. Would definitely recommend”

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