The teardrop tattoo has a number of meanings. Most people associate it with prison tattoos, murder, gang affiliation, or the loss of a loved one.

This client came to Removery’s Ink-nitiative Program after spending a portion of his adult life in prison. This teardrop tattoo is an unwanted reminder of the past. The difficulty people have transitioning back into the public is extraordinary. To get rid of this job stopper, our client’s goal was full tattoo removal as quickly as possible.

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Removal Challenge # 1 Prison Ink

A large variable in tattoo removal is the chemical composition of tattoo ink. Even in Australia, there is no TGA approval or regulation on tattoo ink. This leads to tattoo removal being unpredictable. Where some ink removes in just a few laser treatments, some heavier synthetic inks can take double the time than their organic counterparts.

Removal Challenge #2: Amateur Tattoo Artists

When tattoos are applied within the walls of a prison, typically they are a product of whatever the “artist” can find.

If this didn’t make the tattoo removal process difficult enough, the machines that are used within prisons are usually homemade, with very little accuracy for the depth they deposit the ink into the skin. Usually, prison tattoos are deposited higher in the dermis than a professional tattoo. This can lead to easier removal as the laser can target the pigment more effectively.

How to Remove Face Tattoos

This tattoo was removed in 2 treatments. The photo shown is the progress after only 1 treatment. Due to the blue hue of this tattoo, we chose to use our PicoWay® laser for his first removal treatment. The 730 wavelengths allowed for ideal clearance of different colours, especially the blackish blue pigment with very little post-treatment aggravation.

Facial Tattoo Laser Removal Safety

Can my Face Tattoo be Removed Safely?

Safety is always the number one priority at Removery. Every tattoo is treated with client safety in mind. When an unwanted tattoo is this close to the eye, we first determine if we can safely apply laser energy into the dermis before agreeing to take the person on as a client.

We ensure that the tattooed area fits safely outside of our metal eye shields before starting. Removery’s highly trained laser tattoo removal technicians carefully apply laser energy to the tattoo at a slow and controlled pace. Typically, something this size will only take between 2-6 seconds of laser time.

How Does Pico Tattoo Removal Work?

Due to the picosecond technology behind the PicoWay®, very little swelling and no side effects occurred, allowing this client to go about his normal day to day life without drawing much attention to the treatment he underwent. Additionally, it works well against darker tattoo inks and darker skin.

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