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Tattoo FAQs

Carbon Facial FAQ's

Intense Pulsed Light Treatment FAQs

Tattoo FAQs

How many treatments are necessary?
It is impossible to accurately predict the number of treatments necessary as it depends on the amount of ink used and how deep the ink was inserted. However as a guide most professional tattoos will require at least six to twelve treatments. Follow up treatments are conducted at no less than 4-6 week intervals. Further fading can occur for several months after each treatment.

Can all types of tattoos be treated?
It is possible to remove or significantly lighten most tattoos. Black, blue and red tattoos tend to
respond well. Aqua, green and yellow tattoos may be more resistant and only partially fade.
White tattoos reflect laser light and therefore do not respond to laser treatment.

What are the costs likely to be?
Treatment costs will vary depending on the size, colour and time required to treat the tattoo. This
can be discussed during your initial consultation.

How frequent are the treatments?
Time is required between each treatment to allow the body’s lymphatic (cleaning) system to
remove the ink that has been treated by the laser. A minimum period of six (6) weeks between
treatments is recommended.

How long after being tattooed can removal commence?
Removal can commence as soon as the tattoo has completely healed. Although it may appear
healed within a week or two the tattoo will still require further time to completely heal prior to
removal commencing. A minimum period of six (6) weeks is advised. Your initial consultation can
take place at any time during the six weeks.

Can the area be re-tattooed?
Yes, the area can be re-tattooed following laser removal. Whether you have had complete
removal, partial removal or just lightening of the area will be able to be re-tattooed. The wish to
replace an existing tattoo is a common reason for having laser tattoo removal.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?
In many cases, there will be a 100% clearance of the tattoo. On average, 95% fading is
considered a good result. The result depends upon the colour and type of ink used as well as the
depth of penetration of the ink in the skin. Your therapist can discuss with you the likeliness of
success during your initial consultation.


Carbon Facial FAQs

Am I suitable for a Carbon Facial treatment?
Carbon Facials offer a gentler, yet highly effective alternative 2 harsh chemical peels and are therefore an ideal treatment for most skin types. Carbon facials are popular with men and women of all ages seeking solutions for acne and acne scarring, pigmentation and the signs of ageing. Your individual needs will be discussed during your consultation.

How many treatments do I need?
Although you will notice glowing results after just 1 treatment, I course of around 6 treatments is recommended for long lasting anti-ageing as well as well as clear healthy skin for months to come.

How often can I get a Carbon Facial?
Treatments are spaced 4 weeks apart (i.e. once a month), in order to allow the skin regenerative process of the facial to take full effect.

What can I expect on the day of my facial?
Carbon Facials are performed on clean, makeup-free skin. The treatment takes around 30-40 minutes and you are free to get on with your day as usual afterwards. Some skin redness may occur, but this will subside within a few hours. Following treatment it is advised to apply SPF sunscreen for protection, and you may apply makeup if necessary.

Is it safe?
Yes Carbon Facials are safe. A thorough skin consultation will be performed prior to the facial to ensure the treatment is adequately matched to your skin's needs.

Is it painful?
While you will feel a warm and tingly sensation furing treatment, it is not painful. Most clients comfortably undergo treatment without the need for topical numbing creams.


Intense Pulsed Light Treatment FAQs

How does IPL work?
A fully trained therapist will apply a specially designed hand piece to your skin and generate an intense pulse of light which will be absorbed by targets in your skin. The light delivered from the hand piece is delivered at high intensity during a very short period of time. It is this rapid discharge of light that provides the high energy levels required for each IPL treatment to be effective!

Hair Removal Treatments
IPL hair removal treatments are easy, painless and quick solution to unwanted hair and can be successfully used on the body or the face. Usually a course of 6 – 8 treatments is required to achieve optimal result, but once you've completed your treatment cycle, you can look forward to a lifetime of smooth skin with only the occasional maintenance treatment. Compare that to the cost and hassle of a lifetime of waxing.

Skin Tone Correction
Whether born with them or acquired over the course of a lifetime, virtually everyone has one or more sun spots, freckles or skin discolouration they’d love to get rid of! A doctor’s letter confirming that no skin cancers are present is usually required before commencing your treatment cycle and a series of 4 – 6 treatments spaced 4 week apart are required for optimal results. Treatments areas such as backs of hands, forearms, décolletage and face will respond well.

Rejuvenation Treatment
Everybody loves the sunshine!  Limited exposure is good for the soul and the immediate effects it has on the skin such as a tan and healthy glow are much desired. However, in the long term, sun exposure decreases the production of collagen, which in turn causes damage to the skin making it feel wrinkled and coarse and looking red and tired. Skin rejuvenation treatments will improve skin tone, texture, refine and refresh the skin by increasing the production of collagen in the skin.

Redness Reduction
Estimates indicate that unsightly veins are a common problem for more than 60% of the adult population! Our trained clinicians can offer treatments which will reduce facial blemishes such as red flushing and red spots found on cheeks and around the nose with minimal downtime or risk. A treatment cycle of 4 – 6 treatments spaced two to three weeks apart is usually required to reach your best possible outcome.

Skin Clearing
Our trained clinicians are now able to offer IPL based acne management programs for their clients. These unique treatments are designed to specifically slow the overall production of oil that leads to acne, thus dramatically reducing the chance of spots and minimising the appearance of pores in general. Results will vary, but most people will see a significant improvement in skin condition. Treatment should be spaced approximately 1 – 2 weeks apart.

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