Tattoo removal has doubled on the Gold Coast

Tattoo removal has doubled on the Gold Coast

The rise in tattoo removal has been slowly building over the last three years

According to a news report printed at the end of April the demands for tattoo removal has doubled. It is mostly individuals looking to get white-collar jobs and heart-broken lovers getting a name, date or picture removed.

For jobs such as the police force, armed forces and lawyers clients are getting visible tattoos removed: the most commonplaces tattoos are being removed from are arms, wrists and neck as these are the hardest places to cover up.

A study in the U.S. showed that approximately 45 million Americans have no less than one tattoo; as a nation they spend around $1.65 billion/year—just less than half of this 45 million people are between 18-25 years old.

Laser tattoo removal at Ashbury Cosmetic Surgery

Thanks to advances in technology tattoos are no longer permanent. At Ashbury Cosmetic Surgery in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast we offer laser tattoo removal which can gradually fade your unwanted tattoo.

Our procedure and what you can expect after the process

The laser gradually fades the tattoo by breaking and dispersing the pigment of the tattoo.

The cost and treatment time for getting a tattoo removed depends on a number of factors such as:

  • The colour of your tattoo: reds and blacks are easier to remove whereas colours like blue and green are more difficult to remove
  • How long you’ve had the tattoo
  • What kind of dye was used for your tattoo
  • Depth of tattoo in the skin
  • How well your body removes waste product
  • Dark complexions must be treated carefully because the laser reacts to dark pigmentation in the skin

When undergoing treatment you will experience some swelling and soreness which should subside after a day or two. It is possible that some scarring will occur. This is due to the fact that individual reactions in the skin are unpredictable from person to person. With the correct post-laser treatment care the signs of scarring can be minimised.

Laser treatment at Ashbury Cosmetic Surgery…

At Ashbury Cosmetic Clinic in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast we use the revolutionary Erbium 5000C which we use for hundreds of procedures annually; this laser is great in that it is able to gently remove outer skin, layer by layer.

One of the benefits of laser treatment is that it is practically bloodless and there is no hospitalisation. Another is that because the laser is gentle the comfort during and after the procedure is improved and helps with a quicker return to normal activity.


As previously mentioned, treatment time and cost depend on the size, colour, and how long you’ve had your tattoo for.  Most people who are getting their tattoos removed are those trying to get into white-collar jobs; one man interviewed in a news story said that he wore long-sleeve shirts year-round to hide his tattoo sleeve because his government job would not let him display them.

At Ashbury Cosmetic Surgery our dedicated and experienced team of nurses, doctors and surgeons will keep you informed about the whole process from start to finish.

For more information on tattoo removal, or to book an appointment at our conveniently located cosmetic surgeries in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, please do not hesitate to contact us.