Tat­too­ing and laser re­moval pros

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

Tat­toos and body art have be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar over the past 10 or so years and Pow­er­house Tat­too Stu­dio, on The Square, is renowned for its cre­ativ­ity and orig­i­nal­ity as well as its highly-pro­fes­sional ap­proach to­wards its clients and the art of tat­too­ing.

How­ever, af­ter 23 years in the busi­ness, staff also un­der­stand that with the ev­er­in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of tat­toos comes the in­evitable ques­tion of: have I made the right de­ci­sion?

It’s of­ten not be­cause the per­son no longer wants a tat­too but that, over time, their par­tic­u­lar tat­too no longer has the rel­e­vance it once had, or the ac­tual tat­too it­self was the re­sult of poor work­man­ship or has faded and lost much of its clar­ity.

For this rea­son, Pow­er­house Tat­too Stu­dio in­tro­duced its laser re­moval ser­vice.

Man­ager and laser re­moval spe­cial­ist Fiona Stone says not all laser tat­too re­moval ser­vices are equal as some laser treat­ments are only ef­fec­tive on black and grey inks.

‘‘How­ever, we have in­vested in, and been trained in, the lat­est in laser tech­nol­ogy which al­lows us to re­move the full range of ink colours.

‘‘As we are also spe­cial­ists in the tat­too­ing process we have a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of how the ink is placed in the skin and we un­der­stand the fun­da­men­tals be­hind ink and the pig­ments used, and this gives us a good un­der­stand­ing of the ac­tual ex­trac­tion process.’’

Laser tat­too re­moval is most of­ten used to re­duce the pig­ment in an old tat­too and lighten the area of skin suf­fi­ciently enough so that a new tat­too can be placed over the old one.

How­ever, in some case a client may want a com­plete re­moval.

‘‘We can guar­an­tee light­en­ing of a tat­too and our free con­sul­ta­tions are ex­tremely thor­ough be­cause we want our clients to be aware of ex­actly what is in­volved with laser re­moval; what is and isn’t pos­si­ble. If the client wants com­plete re­moval we will see how we can get them there and gen­er­ally af­ter the third treat­ment we’ll have a good idea of how ef­fec­tive the re­moval process will be,’’ Fiona says.

Laser tat­too re­moval works by break­ing up the ink par­ti­cles un­der the skin. Some of the shat­tered ink par­ti­cles will dis­ap­pear straight away and over a six-week pe­riod the resid­ual ink par­ti­cles will grad­u­ally dis­si­pate. Af­ter this six-week pe­riod Fiona says they will re­view how much of the tat­too ink still re­mains and con­tinue with at least two more treat­ments.

‘‘Three treat­ments is usu­ally all that is re­quired for suf­fi­cient light­en­ing of the tat­too so that the area can be re­cov­ered with a sim­i­lar or com­pletely dif­fer­ent tat­too. How­ever, full re­moval could take be­tween five and eight treat­ments, some­times more.

‘‘We are very hon­est in our ap­proach, if we don’t think they are go­ing to achieve full re­moval we will cer­tainly let the client know. We will also be able to give a good in­di­ca­tion of the num­ber of treat­ments they may re­quire.’’

So if you have a tat­too that has lost some of its gloss give Fiona a call on (06) 3554538 or pop in to Pow­er­house Tat­too Stu­dio on The Square and make an ap­point­ment for your free Laser Tat­too Re­moval con­sul­ta­tion.

Pow­er­house Tat­too Stu­dio laser re­moval spe­cial­ist Fiona Stone.

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