As Tattoo Removal Industry Booms With Inexperienced Practitioners, the Experts at Victorian Cosmetic Institute Reveal How to Choose Wisely to Avoid Permanent Skin Damage

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Victorian Cosmetic Institute, a leading authority on laser skin treatment, warns those seeking to remove tattoos to do their homework first as industry booms with inexperienced technicians. Their professional advice demonstrates how to avoid permanent scarring at the hands of the unskilled.

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The resulting skin damage can be quite horrific. When they are in the hands of unqualified or inexperienced users, lasers can cause serious burns and permanent scars.

As the number soars for Australians choosing to have their unwanted tattoos removed, so have the number of inexperienced practitioners in the industry. Leading voice in the laser industry, Victorian Cosmetic Institute, has issued an urgent warning and advice: Do thorough research or risk painful injury and permanent skin damage. Their expert advice comes at a time when laser tattoo removalists aren’t required to have medical training; and in many locations today, the number of unskilled practitioners is far outweighing skilled ones.

The Victorian Cosmetic Institute’s highly experienced practitioner, Dr Sara Mullen, explains, “More and more Australians who regret their tattoos are seeking help from local laser clinics. However all too often, they unwittingly become the victim of a lack of regulation within the industry and choose out of the growing number of poorly skilled removers who use cheap equipment.”

“The resulting skin damage can be quite horrific. When they are in the hands of unqualified or inexperienced users, lasers can cause serious burns and permanent scars. Not to mention being unsuccessful at removing the tattoo.”

The Victorian Cosmetic Institute admits that finding a qualified specialist can be more difficult due to the amount of clinics who promote themselves as using medical-sounding terms, such as “Certified Laser Technician” or “Accredited Clinician”. These terms can simply mean the operator has undergone a course with the equipment manufacturer, which is often necessary to gain liability insurance.

“As well as having the most basic of training, the other alarming trend is the widespread use of cheap, knock-off versions of the Q-switched laser or worse, IPL machines – one of the primary causes of injury,” exclaims Dr Mullen.

“What the average client doesn’t know is that proper Q-switched machines cost around $150,000, whereas IPL lasers are only $10,000 to $15,000.”

The key component to choosing wisely is first consulting with a trained medical doctor for those seeking any kind of cosmetic procedure. This initial step is something the Victorian Cosmetic Institute strongly advocates.

“This problem not only exists with tattoo removal - these days, a lot of clinics use inferior IPL machines for hair removal and the technicians are young girls with very little training,” says Dr Mullen.

“At VCI, whether it’s a tattoo or hair removal – the treatment is performed by a highly trained and experienced doctor using medical grade Q-switched lasers.”

As the tattoo removal industry booms, the laser experts at the Victorian Cosmetic Institute issue a strong plea to those seeking this treatment: ensure to choose a trained specialist for successful tattoo removal and avoid the life-altering effects of painful burns and permanent scarring. Learn more about The Victorian Cosmetic Institute's laser tattoo removal treatment by visiting:

About Victorian Cosmetic Institute

Victorian Cosmetic Institute is Australia’s one-stop destination for everything cosmetic related and is unique in its offer of both surgical and non-surgical procedures. The Institute has two Melbourne clinics and a team of 40 cosmetic surgeons and doctors, nurses and support staff.

Utilising the latest research, products and technology, the Institute provides its clients with the most up-to-date techniques in surgical and non-surgical procedures; delivering the best cosmetic outcome and experience for every one of its patients.

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