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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.


Getting a tattoo is one of the many ways to express yourself. A neatly done tattoo is more than just a fashion accessory. It can be an effective medium to help you express affection for the special one in your life or a badge of honor that you wear from a turbulent past life. That said, tattoo artists are not created equal and this can often result in ugly and unwanted body art. To ensure individuals don’t have to carry these “scars” on their body forever, DRM Laser offers laser tattoo removal in Melbourne and surrounding areas. Many people cover up the inked body parts rather than opting for tattoo removal. The reason behind this choice is usually the myths doing rounds in the market  about the process. The blog aims to dispel some such misconceptions and show how tattoo removal is perfectly safe and delivers favourable results. Read on to learn more.

Myth#1: The process leaves scars

Fact: When you get a tattoo, the ink settles in the secondary layers of your skin. Laser tattoo removal targets this area and penetrates the top layer to focus on the ink without leaving behind any scars. Laser tattoo removal is, therefore, highly effective than other tattoo removal methods such as Intense Pulse Lighting or using a rub, as these processes do not target the ink stored in the secondary layer.

Myth#2:  Tattoo removal creams are as effective as laser tattoo removal

Fact: Tattoo removal creams such as wrecking balm, pro fad and rejuvi mask use abrasive chemicals that mask the tattoo instead of removing the body art. These creams, unlike laser, can’t penetrate the secondary layer of the skin and are a waste of money, especially if the tattoo settles in the deeper layers of the skin.

Myth#3: One sitting is enough

Fact: Laser tattoo removal is a step-by-step process, and you’ll need to attend anywhere between five to twelve sessions to remove the tattoo. The actual number of sittings, however, will depend on various factors including the type and amount of ink used by the tattoo artist, your health condition and age, your skin type, and the blood circulation in the affected part.

Myth#4: Laser tattoo removal is extremely painful

Fact: One of the major reasons people avoid tattoo removal is the belief that the process is excruciatingly painful and causes discomfort. However, most individuals opting for laser tattoo removal report bearable amounts of pain (most people compare the pain to the sensation caused when a rubber band hits the skin). Moreover, you won’t need any pain relievers after the process. Further, DRM Laser uses Koolio, an air cooling system, to help control pain and avoid any skin damage during and after the treatment.

Myth#5: Hair removal lasers are as effective as tattoo removal lasers

Hair removal lasers have limited wavelength as compared to tattoo removal lasers, and are unable to penetrate the skin. Moreover, the pulse from hair removal lasers is a million times longer than that of tattoo removal lasers. The process can direct an energy pulse for a longer duration than required on the skin, therefore, causing damage and injuries.

Myth#6: Laser tattoo removal is not safe   

Fact: Lasers are regulated by the FDA and perfectly safe. Additionally, all our tattoo removal experts at DRM Laser hold recognized qualifications in skin science for laser tattoo removal and undergo rigorous training sessions that involve using our in-house, state-of-the-art Fotona lasers. All our technicians are accredited laser safety officers and take necessary steps to ensure minimum pain and optimum results.

Final few Words

Laser tattoo removal is one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted body art. It is, however, imperative that you separate facts from myths before asking a tattoo removal specialist to proceed with the procedure. DRM Laser is committed to helping you get rid of unwanted and ugly tattoos fast, effectively, and with minimum discomfort. Give us a call at 0448 886 935 or fill the contact form, and our representatives will take it from there.