Revlite Tattoo & Pigment Laser

Revlite Tattoo & Pigment Laser

Laser Skin Care offer over 20 years experience in laser treatment for pigment & tattoo removal. In 2012 we have purchased the new ConBio Revlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser - the most flexible pigment laser available on the market today. The Revlite is manufactured in the USA to exacting standards, and produces a flat-topped beam profile for reliable results with an excellent safety profile.

The choice of 1064nm and 532nm laser wavelengths, and optional dye handpieces at 585nm and 650nm, provides flexibility in treating pigment of many types including sunspots, lentigines, flat seborrhoeic keratoses, and many types of birthmarks (types treated include Cafe au Lait spots, naevus of Ota).

Laser Tattoo Removal

The Revlite laser successfully removes many tattoos over a course of treatment.

The pigment within the tattoo is made up of tiny granules - these are targeted by the laser in nanosecond pulses of energy. The effect is to shatter and disperse the pigment granules. These are then ingested (phagocytosed) by the white blood cells in the skin.

A typical course of treatment for a professional laser tattoo removal requires around 10 - 12 sessions.

Note - IPL treatment will not remove tattoos - IPL treatment will either do nothing, or result in burns and scars. In addition, there is no credible evidence that injecting any substance into a tattoo will result in removal without scarring. We have seen many cases of scarring caused by these type of techniques.

Laser tattoo removal using Class 4 lasers can only be performed legally by registered medical practitioners in Western Australia. We are aware that some clinics may be promoting Class 3 (weak) laser treatment of tattoos. Class 3 lasers will not effectively remove tattoo pigment.

Different tattoo colours are targeted by the range of laser wavelengths. Green and light blue tattoo pigment though, can be resistant to laser treatment. (The new Picosure laser is better at removing green and light blue ink, but not significantly better at removing black ink)

Some other tattoos may be more difficult to remove - very dark ones such as cover-ups, and some parts of the body such as the wrist are examples.

Find out more about the potential Risks and Effects of the Revlite laser.

The Treatment

We recommend that local anaesthetic cream is used on the skin for 90 minutes prior to the treatment: EMLA cream or Dr Numb are two examples. These are covered with cling film.

The treatment is uncomfortable, and ice is used on the skin to reduce pain. Small tattoos can be treated in minutes, large ones may take up to an hour.

After treatment the tattoo is covered with a dressing using Bepanthen or betadine ointment and gauze or cling film.

We recommend at least 6 weeks between treatments as longer intervals allow more fade.

Find out more about the potential Risks and Effects of Tattoo Treatment.