FAQ’s

If you have a question that we haven’t answered below get in touch.

How does tattoo removal work?

Tattoo removal is a not a simple task, there is some pain involved (this can be minimized with various clinical practices) and multiple treatments are required. For laser tattoo removal some times a minimum of 4 treatments will do, and some times up to 12+ treatments will be required, this depends on many factors including the colours in the tattoo, the age of the tattoo, the location of the tattoo, your personal level of health, whether you are a smoker or not, and several other factors.

HTRC can do partial removals, for instance if you just want a name removed from a more complex tattoo we can do this quite simply.

laser removalSkin (in simple terms) consists of 2 layers, the Epidermis which is the top layer of the skin (this layer keeps replacing itself and is what peels off when you get sunburnt). The dermal layer is the thicker sub-layer, this is where the blood vessels, sweat glands, hair follicles and lymphatic system are located. The Lymph system is a crucial support to the immune system and also supplements the cardiovascular system by helping to remove toxins from the body.

Tattoos are created by placing ink particles in to the dermal layer of the skin these particles are too big for the lymphatic system to deal with so they stay there permanently, of course they fade and move around as your Dermis ages and we all know what an old tattoo looks like.

When a tattoo laser is discharged into the skin it targets the ink particles and shatters then into smaller fragments. It is these smaller fragments that the Lymphatic system is then able to carry away to the lymph nodes and spleen to filter the fragmented ink out of your system. The ink fragments are tiny (the size of blood cells for instance) The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the heart to move the lymph along all that quickly. This is one of the main reasons why tattoo removal can be a slow process. There are many things related to the body, like weight loss or body-building that takes time, just ask any athlete or gym junkie.

But unlike an athlete you do not have to swim or ride thousands of kilometers for your tattoo to disappear (although a general level of good health dose help) all you have to do is get the ink particles broken down wait, and let the Lymphatic system do it’s thing.

Laser tattoo removal is a little more complex than the simple explanation put forward here, but the above description is a good place to start to understand the process.

Please contact us if you would like more information on the process of tattoo removal.


How many treatments are required?

For laser tattoo removal some times a minimum of 4 treatments will do, and some times up to 12+ treatments will be required, this depends on many factors including the colours in the tattoo, the age of the tattoo, the location of the tattoo, your personal level of health, whether you are a smoker or not, and several other factors.

Can you do partial tattoo removal?

HTRC can do partial removals, for instance if you just want a name removed from a more complex tattoo we can do this quite simply.

Partial removal or “Knock Back”

This practice is for those clients that want to re-tattoo an area because they are tired of the original tattoo or have run out of space or they want to cover up the original tattoo. In all the above instances HTRC recommend a tattoo “knock back” HTRC will fade the tattoo to where the client (and your chosen tattoo artist) is happy that the old tattoo will not spoil the new tattoo. This allows for a greater design and coverage choice for the new tattoo. So if you love your tatts but not all of them this is a great service.

How do you determine when a tattoo is removed?

A tattoo is deemed to be removed when a person not associated with either the clinic or the client can see no evidence of a tattoo with the naked eye from a distance of 1 meter from the treated area.

How much will it cost?

The general rule within the tattoo removal industry is that what ever it cost (based upon a capital city professional tattoo parlor) to get a tattoo put on, it will cost 4 or 5 x times to remove it. Thus if a tattoo cost (for instance) $150 to get put on, it will cost you $600 or $750 to remove it.  

Of course the price will be dependent on the number of treatments needed.  There are exceptions to this rule depending on many factors, this is just a rough guide.

What is an indicative price per treatment

An indication of prices only, this is just a rough guide.  Prices will vary with actual area under ink

2cm x 2cm $95 per treatment
8cm x 4cm $150 per treatment
10cm x 6cm $175 per treatment
12cm x 8cm $240 per treatment
15cm x 10.5cm (A5 or half A4) $275 per treatment
21cm x 15cm $380 per treatment
21cm x 22cm $450 per treatment
21cm x 30cm (A4) typical shoulder and upper sleeve $500 per treatment

Of course the best way to determine the cost, time frame and what we can and cannot do in removing your tattoo is to visit us and get an obligation free assessment done. For peace of mind HTRC suggest you get several quotes done.

Do you price cap your services?

HTRC offers Price Capping based upon the Kirby- Desal scale.  (For more info regarding the Kirby-Desal scale visit www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
HTRC will assess your tattoo removal needs and offer you a course of treatments to remove* your tattoo.  For example 6 x treatments at $150 per treatment, total cost capped at $900.

If your particular tattoo requires more than 6 treatments HTRC will carry out the additional treatment/s at no cost to you the client.
If you are happy with the removal (process) before the cap is reached you only pay for the treatments you have received.
The per treatment cost depends on the size of the tattoo and actual area under ink.
*Treatment costs do not include any pre-treatment medication, topical anaesthetics or aftercare medication, creams or lotions.

 

Payment

Payment is made before treatment.
HTRC accepts :
Master Card and Visa credit cards, Direct Debit and EFTPOS cards, and of course Cash.
In some cases we are able to offer a payment plan.


Location

3/6 Emerald Street (opposite the IGA) Cooroy, Qld 4563

Cooroy is just off the Bruce Highway, half way between Gympie and Nambour. Servicing both the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast areas. There is no need to travel to Brisbane.