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Factors to consider when deciding on a laser tattoo removal clinic

May 8, 2019

Questionable, or even downright bad tattoos are a part of life. But rather than making a rash decision about which laser tattoo removal clinic to rely on, it’s essential to consider certain factors before choosing.


What kind of tattoo removal lasers are used at SpaMedica in Toronto?


Perhaps the main thing to know find out about the tattoo removal clinic you’re considering is what type of lasers they use to get the job done, as many manufacturers of laser machines work on different methodologies.


Most other laser tattoo removal clinics only offer one type of laser and 1-2 wavelengths of light. At SpaMedica in Toronto, we have assembled 6 of the most powerful lasers ever made, as well as every wavelength of laser light useful in the removal of tattoos. It’s quite common for patients to receive a combination treatment using 2 or 3 different lasers. This can mean fewer treatments and better overall removal.


PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal (755nm) has an extremely ultra-short pulse duration. It takes half the number of treatments that would typically be required with nanosecond lasers, and thermal side effects like loss of pigmentation, textural changes or scarring are unheard of, making it the safest, most effective tattoo removal device on the market. Laser tattoo removal centres that do not offer Picosecond lasers will have you coming in for 10-18 treatment sessions, and thermal side effects are more likely, especially on those with darker skin. Although the PicoSure 755nm is best in class for black, dark green, purple, and blue ink on light skin types, it is not optimal for red, orange, or yellow ink on darker skin types.


PicoWay Laser Tattoo Removal (532nm, 1064nm and 780nm) is best-suited to red, yellow, and orange ink in its 532nm version, and the 1064nm is preferred for darker skin types. While its 780nm alex-diode is not as effective as the Picosure, the PicoWay offers the industry’s most effective 532nm and 1064nm Picosecond pulse duration lasers, so depending on your skin type and ink colours, it may be just the ticket for you personally!


RevLite Laser Tattoo Removal (1064nm, 650nm, 585nm and 532nm) includes the 1064 wavelength for dark black and dark green inks, the 532 wavelength for reds, yellows, and oranges, the 585 wavelength for purples and blues, and the 650 wavelength for light greens. Laser tattoo removal patients in Toronto may occasionally benefit from the RevLite in rare instances when PicoSure fails to remove the targeted pigment.



The Affinity (1064nm and 532nm) works on black, green, red, orange, and yellow tattoo ink, while the Accolade (755nm) works on blacks and greens.


A Fractional CO2 ablation laser is used for wrinkle and acne scar reduction as well as diminishing previously treated but only partially faded tattoos. And like Fractional CO2, a fractional radiofrequency ablative device can be used to fade already treated tattoos which have become lightened. The top part of its needle is silicone coated so the skin over the tattoo is not damaged, making selective targeting of tattoo ink particles possible!


What kind of laser tattoo removal results is SpaMedica known for?


Once you know how well equipped a tattoo removal clinic is, it’s also important to learn about their reputation. Patients have been very satisfied with the results of their laser tattoo removal program at SpaMedica. Most patients achieve 90%+  tattoo removal in as few as 4 treatments, where other clinics see patients still not satisfied with results after 12-16 treatments! Patients treated at SpaMedica also experience fewer side effects compared to other centres. SpaMedica has been performing high-quality laser tattoo removal in Toronto for the past 20 years, making us one of the most experienced laser tattoo removal clinics in Canada.


Book a consultation at SpaMedica today to learn more about the fantastic laser tattoo removal options available to you.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland
Dr. Stephen Mulholland has been practicing Plastic Surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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