FAQ’s

What is a Picosure laser?

Developed by Cynosure the PicoSure laser is the greatest leap forward in tattoo removal treatment in the last twenty years. Older laser technology relied on multiple lasers for different colours and used thermal (heat) energy to break up tattoo ink. The PicoSure not only delivers its treatment via the one laser it is also much more effective at tattoo removal. Tattoos can be removed in half the number of treatments of other lasers. With approximately 6 to 8 weeks between treatments we will save you time, money and offer you the best chance of complete clearance of any laser tattoo treatment available.

Our Picosure laser uses two wavelengths 755nm and 532nm. This allows us to target specific colours with much greater precision. Stubborn reds, yellows and oranges are a thing of the past.

Skin Rejuvenation has also taken a leap forward with minimal down time, virtually no pain and a brilliant result from the power of Picosure and its pressure wave technology.

How does it work?

Tattoo Removal

 

A Picosecond is 0.000000000001 seconds. As you can imagine that is a very short time. Rather than using heat the Picosure uses photomechanical energy to shatter the ink particles into pieces about the size of a grain of sand. Think of it like a very short sharp pressure wave that affects only the ink particles and leaves the rest of the skin cells intact. These tiny ink fragments are then cleared by the body’s lymphatic system. In comparison older technology lasers only break the ink down into “pebble sized” particles. Obviously these are not cleared as well hence the shorter treatment times and better results with Picosure. In the process of shattering the ink some heat is generated but this is not the primary method of ink clearance.

Our Picosure laser uses two wavelengths 755nm and 532nm. This allows us to target specific colours with much greater precision. Stubborn reds, yellows and oranges are a thing of the past.

 

Skin Rejuvenation/Acne scarring

 

The laser beam is passed through a focus lens array system that break up the single beam into hundreds of smaller beams of varying intensity. The pulse wave passes through all layers of the skin creating small ‘islands’ of energy delivery. These pulses then stimulate a healing response where the bodies’ natural collagen and elastin are produced in greater quantities than normal. By stimulating a healing response in the skin it is rejuvenated to a former state creating a firmer and fuller network for the skin cells.

Why do you use Registered Nurses?

Interestingly there is very little legislation in NSW regarding the use of Medical Grade (Class 4) Lasers. Many other states have already legislated that only Registered Nurses or Medical Practitioners can use these types of Lasers. Our mission statement aims to provide the most professional, safest and modern Specialist tattoo removal service and as such we will only use Registered Nurses. We will also provide support after your treatments and follow up each client to make sure they are happy with their treatment. Only a Registered Nurse can provide you with this level of care.

How much does it cost?

Tattoo Removal

 

Our initial consultations are free however your treatment will be quoted individually. Your quote will be based on the area of the tattoo to be removed. We work in increments about the size of a postage stamp. It’s important to remember that although treatments with older technology lasers may seem cheaper, in the long run they may not be, as you may require twice as many treatments as with the Picosure laser.

 

Skin Rejuvenation

 

Our prices vary on the area treated. We have a pricing for full face, half face and one third of face. We also have prices for hands and Décolletage. Packages are available as well. Please call or email for your estimate.

Do you offer finance?

Our website hosts a link to FUNDA. They have several products available and can sometimes arrange immediate finance over the phone. If required your treatment can be paid for in simple easily managed terms (Newcastle Only).

Will it hurt?

Tattoo Removal

 

As explained above some heat is generated in the shattering process. We have a remarkable Zimmer cooling system. This system will blast ice cold air onto your skin before your treatment commences numbing the skin. The ice cold air is continued throughout the treatment to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Most patients find this adequate. Patients who still find the procedure uncomfortable can be offered a Topical Local Anaesthetic Cream such as EMLA®. EMLA can absorb some of the Laser’s energy and slightly slow down the treatment progression so is not offered as a first up modality. In some cases, by prior arrangement, we can also offer Local Anaesthetic injections if required.

 

Skin Rejuvenation

 

The process is relatively painless. Some mild heat may be experienced and a soft flicking while the laser is firing. Cool air and ice are usually the only intervention required. This is vastly superior to Fraxel which could be intensely painful.

How many treatments will I need?

Tattoo Removal

 

There is unfortunately no standard for the ink used in tattoos so we are never really sure exactly what type of ink or how much is present in your tattoo. We can say however that for the same type of tattoo the Picosure laser is twice as quick as in removing tattoos as older laser technologies. On average tattoos require between three and five treatments with the Picosure.

 

Skin Rejuvenation

 

Usually a course of two to four treatments with 4 weeks in between each treatment.

How long does a treatment take?

Tattoo Removal

 

This will all be dependent on the size of the tattoo being treated. Anything from a few minutes for a small tattoo to significantly longer for larger ones.

 

Skin Rejuvenation

 

A whole face takes approximately 30 minutes. Less for smaller areas. There is virtually no down time after a Picosure skin Rejuvenation. You may experience some mild redness for one to two hours and occasionally up to 24hrs but that is all. Compare that to the days off after a Fraxel treatment!

Will I have a scar or blemish?

All skin responds in a unique way to anything that is done to it. Whilst the incidence of scarring is extremely low with the Picosure laser we cannot give a guarantee that a scar or blemish will not occur.

Do I need to do anything before my treatment starts?

Tattoo removal and Skin Rejuvenation

 

We recommend no direct sun exposure, tanning beds or sunless tanning cream for 4 weeks prior to treatment. Sun exposure decreases the laser effectiveness and can increase complications. It is recommended to use an SPF50 or higher sunscreen on your area to be treated if it is exposed to the sun in the weeks before your treatment.

All make up, creams and oils should be removed prior to treatment.

What happens after my treatment?

Your treated area will be dressed and you will be given instructions for its care. You may experience some blistering, scabbing or crusting but this is usually minor.

Why are you different from the other tattoo removal services?

With Registered Nurses and Medical Supervision you can be sure you are in the safest of hands.

Can I tattoo over a removed tattoo?

Certainly. In fact you may just want an old tattoo faded enough to put a new one over it. You may find it cost effective to have your old tattoo completely removed and replaced with a fresh one of your choice rather than try to cover an old one with a new one and end up with something you may not be completely happy with.

Is there anyone you can’t treat?

Yes Contraindications Include patients who:

  • Are Hypersensitive to light in the near infra-red wavelength region
  • Take medication known to increase sensitivity to sunlight
  • Have seizure disorders triggered by light
  • Take or have taken oral isotretinoin such as Accutane® in the last 6 months
  • Have an infection or open wound in the area being treated.
  • Have Lupus
  • Have naevi in the treatment area which are predisposed to malignant melanoma
  • Have or are receiving gold therapy
  • Are pregnant.

What about Acne scarring and Skin Blemishes?

Treatment for these conditions will require assessment by one of our Doctors. Your treatment and its progress will be individualised. These services will be available in Canberra only in the near future.