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Debunking 10 Common Myths about Laser Tattoo Removal-Part 2 of 2


Laser tattoo removal is the safest and most effective procedure for ridding or modifying an unwanted piece of body art. Unfortunately many people are still weary of  this easily accessible solution to their troubles due to the many myths doing the rounds on laser treatment. In this second instalment of our two-part series, we look at 4 more common misconceptions about laser tattoo removal that prevent some people from getting top quality help.

Myth 7: Black Colour Tattoos are Hard to Remove

Fact: Contrary to common belief, black tattoos are the easiest to remove as it has the least additives within the ink. Also, black ink is more responsive to laser treatment as it absorbs all light wavelengths without any degradation. Colour tattoos are harder to remove as they usually  require more treatments than black ink, sometimes with various wavelengths before they disappear.

Myth 8: Old Tattoos are Hard to Remove

Fact: Many people think that new tattoos are easy to remove as the ink is fresh and therefore hasn’t settled into the skin. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Old tattoos are easier to remove as the ink has already started to break down. Also, laser treatment requires the tattoo area to be completely healed, which is a problem in the case of a new tattoo. You should wait at least 6 weeks with a new tattoo before commencing the removal procedure.

Myth 9: Tattoos on Dark Skin Can Not be Removed

Fact: Tattoos do get removed from all skin types. Olive and dark skin will require extra treatments. This is usually due to the fact the laser technician will use a lower energy setting, as patients with darker skin types are more susceptible to unwanted side effects, such as hyperpigmentation.

Myth 10: Laser Treatment Removes Natural Pigmentation

Fact: During laser tattoo removal pulses of different wavelengths are applied to the tattoo ink. If this is not done cautiously it can also affect skin’s natural pigmentation (known as hyperpigmentation). With a qualified laser technician utilising a gold standard q-switched laser like the Fotona QX-Max. This problem should not arise.  

Wrapping up

Hope this two-part series has resolved all your doubts around common misconceptions related to laser tattoo removal. Though there is no specific guideline for the number of sessions it requires to completely remove a tattoo, it generally takes around five to twelve treatment sessions. At DRM Laser, we specialize in Q-switch laser tattoo removal in Melbourne. We offer free consultation and guidance through the tattoo removal process. Should you wish to learn more about our tattoo removal treatment, feel free to contact us at 0448 886 935, or simply fill our contact us form and we will get back to you in no time.