There’s no doubt tattoos are on trend … just look at the number of high profile celebrities who have decided to get inked.
Unfortunately though, not all tattoos turn out how you imagined and, after time, some of them become an embarrassing mistake. Look at actress Angelina Jolie, who had a dragon and her ex-husband’s name lasered off before covering it up with the map co-ordinates of her children’s places of birth. Or Keith Urban, who had to cover a tattoo that matched his ex-girlfriends with the initials of his wife, Nicole Kidman.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a celebrity to take advantage of the latest cosmetic technology that means bad tattoos are a thing of the past. Even better, this technology, in the form of a Picosure laser, is based on the latest medical knowledge so that visible scars are a thing of the past.
A quick history lesson: tattoo removal used to be carried out by way of nanosecond technology which relied on photothermal action to deliver heat to the skin’s pigment and surrounding tissue. This technology is what has left many Australians with scars where their tattoos had been.
Picosure Tattoo Removal and modification is the world’s first and only aesthetic picosecond laser. It may sound complicated, but what it means is this: you get a better result, in fewer treatments, with less pain and less damage to the skin. This breakthrough laser technology delivers ultra-short pulse bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second. This energy shatters the target ink and it breaks into tiny particles that are easily eliminated by the body.
So what do you need to do next if you’re interested in a fresh start? First of all, our nurses at Advanced Aesthetics Gold Coast, who operate one of only a handful of PicoSure Lasers in Australia, will assess the tattoo you want removed or modified. This consultation is free and it means you get the chance to ask any questions you may have about the removal procedure.
We’ll have plenty of questions about your tattoo – where it was done, by whom and what type of inks were used. We also need to know if you experienced any skin reactions when you had the tattoo done.
You will also need to tell us about any medications you take, or medical conditions you have, as some of these are associated with a greater risk of complications with laser treatment. Of course you can also tell us what you don’t like about it – but feel free to keep the personal details to yourself if you want to.
Next we’ll discuss the number of treatments needed to change or eliminate your tattoo, which vary according to the size of it – maybe you have the name of your ex-partner emblazoned across your shoulder blades and that’s going to take longer than removing a small rose or butterfly on your wrist you want to get rid of before you start a new job.
We’ll also need to consider the depth of the ink and whether complete removal or fading is the best option for you. And we’ll tell you how many sessions we think you’ll need, how we can minimise discomfort and how much treatments are likely to cost.
While we’re sure that, once you find out how easy it is to eliminate unwanted tattoos with the Picosure you’ll want to get results straight away, we always do a patch test to see how your tattoo reacts to our laser machine.
From then on in you can book in for sessions of around 15 minutes each, with a four to six week break between sessions.
So, if you’re ready to come clean, give us a call and show us your ink. From then on in, you can leave the hard part to us.
*Individual results may vary.
Stars who had tattoos changed or removed
- Marc Anthony had Jennifer Lopez’s name tattooed on his wrist. After they split he covered it with a tribal design.
- Heidi Klum still has the stars on her arm for her children but the name Seal is gone.
- Eva Longoria had the word Nine removed from the back of her neck after she said goodbye to ex-husband Tony Parker.
- Melanie Griffith removed former husband Antonio Banderas’ name from her right bicep.