Tattoo removal – Q Switch Laser

Is this you?

I loved my tattoo when I got it, but I’m at a point in my life now where I no longer care to have it.

What is the difference between regular Lasers and Q-switch lasers?

Lasers utilise a single wavelength to deliver the energy to skin targets. The regular targets in skin are pigment, blood and water. Q-switch lasers are a special category of lasers that can deliver energy in extremely short bursts (within several billionths of a second). As a result this unique property makes it an ideal laser for treating pigment-related conditions such as sun-freckles, birthmarks or tattoos. The ultra-short bursts of energy delivered by the laser disrupts the pigment-containing cells within the skin, leading to fading and clearing of the treated area. The considerable energy delivered by the Q-switch laser can also remodel skin collagen and improve its texture.


What does the procedure involve?

Spot-treatment of most sun-induced brown blemishes may not require any anaesthetic as the procedure is often well tolerated. When the laser fires it feels like a rubber-band snap against the skin. Treatment of deeper pigment found in birthmarks and tattoos may be slightly more uncomfortable and may require cream or injectable anaesthetic. If required, anaesthetic cream may be applied 30 minutes before the procedure. Protective eyewear is required and provided during the procedure to protect your eyes.

What can Q-switch Lasers do for me?

Clears brown-black pigment blemishes

  • Sun-freckles & brown spots
  • Stubborn melasma
  • Birthmarks of various colours including brown, blue, grey and black  (eg Cafe-au-laitspots, Nevus of Ota and Hori’s nevus)

Skin rejuvenation

  • Laser skin toning
  • Laser peels

Tattoo removal

  • Professional and amateur tattoos
  • Gravel tattoos

Hair removal

  • For reversing paradoxical hair growth (hypertrichosis following standard laser hair removal)

Collagen remodelling of acne scars

  • Collagen remodelling post resurfacing
  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines & wrinkles

Is everyone suitable for Q-switch Lasers?

We do not treat:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Children under age 18 without parental consent
  • Current significant skin disease / infections such as cold sores at the site of treatment
  • History of keloid scarring (special precaution in high risk areas)
  • Prior treatment with gold injections (may darken)
  • Any emotional, medical or mental condition that may impair judgement


Download the “Pico Q Switch Laser” article

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