What is laser tattoo removal?

February 20, 2019

The Fiori Institute’s laser tattoo removal is the gold standard in removing unwanted ink. Located in Brisbane, we use the latest laser technology to partially or completely remove tattoos that you no longer love. Laser technology offers a safe and effective means of removing ink of all colours.

Using our Pastelle system, we selectively target the colour of your tattoo pigment beneath your skin. The correct wavelength of laser shatters the ink into smaller particles which are then carried away by your body’s immune system. Over a period of weeks to months, the tattoo will gradually fade. The number of treatments required will depend on a variety of factors including the density and colour of the ink as well as your immune system as that is what will be processing the ink.

What is the Pastelle laser?

The Pastelle laser is one of the newer generation laser devices that uses unfiltered laser light to treat various ink colours. We have tried a variety of other lasers including the new RevLite SI, but Pastelle is preferred for most procedures.

Our staff are trained by world-renowned laser dermatologist Dr Davin Lim who has been involved in the international treatment of tattoos, including both clinical research and presentations. He is experienced in the use of all forms of Q-switched lasers, including the Pastelle laser, the C6 laser, the Ruby laser as well as RevLite. Laser tattoo removal is viewed as a medical not cosmetic procedure.

This will include an extensive medical history check prior to laser tattoo removal as well as offering you realistic expectations regarding the process of removing your unwanted ink. You will also be informed of the approximate number of treatments required to remove your ink as most tattoos do require more than one.

Things to keep in mind

It is very important to discuss with your specialist what the potential outcomes may be.

Not tattoo removal is guaranteed as some tattoos only partially fade and can leave a permanent raised scar behind.

You will most likely need more than one treatment; the exact number is difficult to determine though we will be able to give you an estimation during your consultation.

Downtime between treatments is vital because receiving the laser treatment too soon after the previous one can increase the risk of skin irritation and open wounds. The average wait period between sessions is between four to six weeks and in some cases, even eight is recommended depending on your reaction to the treatment.

The tattoo itself

The location of your tattoo does matter. Fading tends to be quickest for tattoos that are closer to the heart as they receive better circulation.

Certain colours lift more easily than others. If your tattoo is comprised of multiple colours, it may be necessary to use a mix of laser treatments to most effectively remove it.

Tattoos done by a professional usually see the ink embedded far deeper into the skin but in a more uniform manner making them easier to treat, but that being said, they do also tend to be more saturated which provides a challenge of its own. More amateur tattoos are usually a little more uneven which makes removal challenging but they can be easier to remove because they are usually only one colour and applied more superficially.

Older tattoos also tend to fade quicker as the ink rises to the surface with age, making it easier to break up.


After receiving your laser treatment, you can expect to see a number of symptoms including swelling, blisters, rising of the tattoo, redness, bruising and temporary darkening. Don’t worry as these are all to be expected and will commonly settle within a few weeks as long as you properly take care of it. A laser has been used directly on your skin, so make sure to follow the post-procedure guidelines given by your specialist. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Be sure to have a look at our before and after pictures. Our team of professionals takes every safety precaution necessary and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Is the tattoo removal painful?

Unfortunately the answer is yes. Fortunately we have a number of methods to lessen your discomfort, the most effective being the Zimmer Cooler which protects your skin and distracts from the heat of the laser.

If you are keen to learn more about laser tattoo removal then book your FREE consultation with our team of specialists.