Watson House
Level 10, 300 George St.
Sydney 2000
9232 7138

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Tattoo Removal for Men

“The experienced and dedicated staff at Face of man Sydney made my treatment feel as easy as possible. The high-quality results speak for themselves, as my tattoos have faded significantly in just a few sessions. I was a bit worried about the process, but the staff talk you through every stage. I think they have a fair price, and the service is second to none. It can be hard to find somewhere with good skills and an easy location (I caught the train and walked under five minutes to arrive). I would definitely recommend Face of Man to my family and friends who are having regrets about a past tattoo.”

Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments Pricing

Our Tattoo Removal Services are now delivered by our sister clinic on Level 5, Next Level Clinic. Located directly beneath Face Of Man, Next Level Clinic has adopted the same exceptional ethos and commitment to client experience. This experience begins the moment you enter Next Level Clinic.


Spanning across Level 5, Watson House, 300 George St, Sydney, the purpose-built, meticulously designed Tattoo Removal space features two stunning treatment rooms and a relaxing sitting space offering the perfect setting to indulge in a complimentary beverage.


The Clinic walls are donned with the highest quality health and skincare products to support recovery and help our clients foster an enthusiasm for wellness. The Treatment Rooms are complete with state-of-the-art industry equipment to ensure the most effective, comfortable and safe experience possible.


For Tattoo Removal treatments and pricing, please see Next Level Clinic’s Tattoo Removal Price List


Next Level have appointments available Monday to Saturday in our high-end Tattoo Removal Sydney Clinic. They are welcoming new clients (and of course, Face of Man clients) and cannot wait to share their Next Level difference.

Laser Tattoo Removal Sydney For The Modern Man

Face Of Man is a male groom salon in the heart of Sydney CBD. We specialise in men grooming services where we deliver results in a comfortable experience.

For three decades, we have been meeting the needs of the modern man. Most well-known for our skin treatments, we also offer anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. We are excited to add tattoo removal treatments to our arsenal. Contact us for a free consultation from the best men’s salon as rated by GQ.

We Are Sydney’s Premiere Grooming Salon

To find out more (we know that you have lots of questions), read our FAQs page. From the number of treatments required to the tattoo removal technology that we use to achieve pigmentation reduction, you’ll find answers to all your questions.

Or book an appointment to chat with our skin therapists to discuss your needs. Face of Man is conveniently located in Sydney CBD, opposite to Wynyard Station: Level 10, 300 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 (click here for directions).

Special Offer

Simply pay for any 4 Laser sessions up front and your package will include all these fantastic services:

Go through everything you need to know about your treatment and your concern – $50

Pre-Laser Preparation

We shave the area for you – $199

Post-Laser Mask

We will finish off every treatment with a cooling mask which will take the redness and tingling away – $100

6 Full Treatments on the desired area of concern

That’s two treatment on us!

That’s right, you pay for only 4 treatments with $947 worth of savings and receive two free men’s Laser Treatment.
E.g. Back and Shoulders Package – Pay only $1196 for $2143 worth of Men’s Laser Treatments.

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The Removal Process: Then Versus Now

In the past, tattoos were surgically shaved, scraped, frozen off, or peeled away with chemicals. As you can guess, this often left an undesirable scar.

Laser treatment in the form of “Q-switched” nanosecond lasers emerged in the 1980s. Today’s laser tattoo removal is built on this technology, but better and more efficient.

Depending on the type of tattoo and where you had it done, tattoo inks often contain metals such as copper, lead, manganese and even mercury. These heavy metals are what gives tattoos their permanency.

Naturally, your immune system tries to remove tattoo colours by dispatching white blood cells to remove the ink particles. It does this by escorting the ink particles to the liver where they are processed and excreted. However, ink particles tend to be much larger than white blood cells. As a result, ink particles stick around.

In order to erase a tattoo, lasers are needed to break up the ink particles.

And before you ask gentlemen, yes, laser tattoo removal is painful.

Do You Have An Unwanted Tattoo?

It is more common than you think.

As Sydney tattoo removal specialists, we come across men from all walks of life; each with their own reasons for removing an unwanted tattoo.

From career opportunities to lifestyle changes, we do not judge.

We can help you move forward without the need to cover up the past.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Have you ever wondered how laser tattoo removal works? We explain the
science behind Q-switched laser technology and how it is used to remove
tattoo ink. To understand this process, you first need to know how tattoos
are created.

At Face of Man, we ensure you achieve the best possible outcome with our
affordable, safe & effective Laser Tattoo Removal. Get a free quote today!


How tattoos are applied to the skin

Using a mechanised needle, a tattoo artist punctures the skin and injects
ink into it. The needle repeatedly and rapidly pricks the skin, dragging the
ink down into the dermis – the second layer of skin just below the
epidermis. The ink in a professional tattoo is inserted more uniformly
beneath the skin than in an amateur one, which is applied at varying depths.
Why does the ink have to be placed in the dermis? Because the outer skin
cells of the epidermis are continually dying and shedding; if it were
applied into the epidermis the tattoo would disappear after a few weeks.

The skin is essentially wounded by these thousands of tiny needle pricks and
the ink particles are immediately treated by the body’s immune system as a
foreign object. The body’s inflammatory response begins: it sends special
cells called microphages – a type of white blood cell – to the site of the
tattoo to engulf the foreign ink particles and dispose of them via the
lymphatic system. This engulfing and elimination of foreign objects is
called phagocytosis. However, most of the tattoo ink particles engulfed by
the microphages are too large to be expelled. These then remain ‘trapped’ in
the dermis, and the ink stays visible forever. That’s why tattoos are

How laser tattoo removal works

Q-switched lasers are the industry standard for the non-invasive removal of
tattoos. They work by firing very short pulses (quantified in nanoseconds or
1/1,000,000,000 of a second) of highly concentrated light energy at the
tattoo through the skin. The tattoo pigment absorbs this energy and breaks
down into tiny fragments. Because the Q-switched laser pulse is so short it
is incredibly precise, and the surrounding tissue is not heated up. The
shockwave created when the laser energy hits the tattoo pigment and shatters
it is called the photomechanical effect. The fragmented particles of ink are
then small enough for the skin’s immune system to absorb and are expelled
initially via the bloodstream and then though the lymphatic system. The
tattoo starts to fade over the subsequent days and weeks following

Laser treatment is safe and highly effective, but several treatments are

needed for complete removal of a tattoo. Typically, laser treatment sessions
are spaced at about 8 weeks apart. This is to give the body’s lymphatic
system time to flush away the fragmented ink particles. The number of total
sessions required to fully remove the tattoo depends on many factors and is
not always straightforward to predict.

Different tattoo pigment colours absorb specific wavelengths of light on the
spectrum. Consequently, different lasers are needed for different tattoo
colours. Multi-coloured tattoos will therefore require treatment with two or
more laser wavelengths. Black is the easiest pigment to remove because it
absorbs all wavelengths, and can be treated by almost any laser.

These are the most common lasers used in tattoo removal, together with their
wavelength in nanometres:-

Q-switched Nd:YAG 1064nm. This is the most common laser in use in tattoo
removal. It creates an invisible (infrared) light which is absorbed by all
dark tattoo pigments, such as blacks, black-blues and dark greens.

Q-switched Frequency-doubled Nd:YAG 532nm. This laser creates a green light
which is absorbed by red and orange inks.

Q-switched Ruby 694nm. This laser creates a red light which is used to
target light greens and blues.

Q-switched Alexandrite 755nm. This is the weakest of all Q-switched lasers.
It creates a red light that is absorbed by darker colours like black, dark
blue and dark green, but it is not able to treat reds and oranges.

Q-switched lasers also have other important settings:-

Pulse duration. Measured in nanoseconds or picoseconds.

Spot size – the width of the laser beam. Larger spot sizes increase the
penetration depth of the laser, better able to target deeper tattoo
pigments; on the other hand, smaller spot sizes may be needed for more
accurate targeting of smaller areas.

Fluence. Measured in Joules per square cm, this has to be set high enough to
shatter the tattoo ink particles. The fluence is gradually increased as the
treatments progress as deeper layers of ink are targeted and the tattoo

There are dozens of different laser machines in use by tattoo removal
clinics in Sydney. The majority of Q-switched lasers in tattoo removal
clinics will have dual wavelength Nd:YAG 1064nm and Nd:YAG 532nm – the two
most common.

Watch our explainer video

If you are trying to choose a suitable tattoo removal clinic, the laser
machine being used is a very important factor.

Why Quanta Q-Plus C

Q-Switch Laser Treatment

With any type of medical or cosmetic procedure, it’s always important to do
your research and ensure that the equipment that might be used is of the
highest quality. It is particularly important with laser tattoo removal, as
you may just assume that all lasers are the same, and the treatment will be
standard between one clinic and another.

Unfortunately, not all lasers are the same, and cheaper, less well-made
lasers can actually burn your skin during a laser tattoo removal session,
even having the potential to cause scarring once the sessions are over.
These type of low-quality lasers can sell for as little as $2000 in
Australia – in comparison to the high end European built medical lasers that
can start at around $100,000 – making it easy for lower end beauty clinics
and other operators to afford them, and offer laser tattoo removal as an ‘on
the side’ treatment.

You should always be wary if the clinic advertises their tattoo removal
service as using simply a ‘Q-Switched Laser’ without giving more details
about the type of model it is, as they are likely either to be using an
inferior machine or not be experienced enough to know the difference between

The tattoo removal laser that is used by Face of man is the Quanta Q-Plus C.
Manufactured in Europe, this medical-grade laser is the only true 3
wavelength Q-switch laser in the world. The Quanta Q-Plus C sets a new
standard in multi-coloured tattoo removal. It actually has two Q-switched
lasers in one machine, an Nd:YAG, and a ruby.

These two lasers generate 3 wavelengths:

The Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064nm – a nearly invisible (infrared) light –
targets blacks, black-blues, and dark greens.

The Nd:YAG also operates at 532nm – a green light – and targets reds and

The ruby laser operates at 694nm – a red light – targets the tough lime
greens and sky blues

Q Switch Laser Treatment. 3 True Wavelengths. Removes All Tattoo Colours
Guaranteed. Q-Switch Laser Technology. Combines Nd:Yag Laser With Pure Ruby
Laser. For Safer & Faster Treatments. Best Results Guaranteed.

What is Q-Switch Laser?

Q-switching is a technique for creating a pulsed laser beam, rather than a
continuous wave of light. This is preferable for a procedure such as a
laser tattoo removal as it means the light produced is of very high
strength. This makes it suitable for short but focused treatments, as it is
efficient at creating a shockwave (called the photoacoustic effect) that
will break the tattoo ink particles, allowing them to be reabsorbed back
into the bloodstream.

Q-Switched laser machines vary in capability, and industry experts agree
that only the genuine three wavelengths Q-Switched ND:YAG system should
really be used for cosmetic treatments such as tattoo removal. The
Q-Switched laser – called the Quanta Q-Plus C – that we use in our
treatments at Fade To Blank, for example, is the highest quality medical
grade laser on the market.

It outperforms other similar lasers because it is designed for
multi-coloured tattoo removal, with two high-performance lasers in one, the
Nd:YAG and a ruby laser. These two lasers generate 3 wavelengths that
together cover all the different colours, from black and dark greens to reds
and oranges, right up to the tougher colours to remove including lime greens
and light blues. Most of the lower grade lasers are not able to remove
these types of difficult colours, and as a result, you may need to have more
treatments to get the outcome you desire.

When you’re searching for a laser tattoo removal clinic, always look for one
that includes this type of information for customers, as this way you’ll
know that it’s a reputable business that understands the technology they are
using and will give you the best possible outcome with no safety risks.

Q-switched lasers are innovative technology for tattoo removal.

Why Does it Matter What Laser is used on my Skin?

Because of the way they work in a non-invasive way on your skin, lasers, in
general, are a very safe method for removing tattoos. However, some of the
lower quality lasers can cause side effects, including burning during
treatments and even scarring. The burning can occur from excessive heat on
the skin, if the laser is unfocused or lingers in one area for too long.
This can happen because of an inferior laser, or inexperience on the part of
the operator. If your skin is burnt, you may experience severe blistering
that can last for weeks, and in the worst case scenario, you may find that
the area has been scarred once the treatments have ended.

The laser machines at most other tattoo removal clinics do not feature the
ruby laser and therefore they are not able to remove the light blues and
greens. However, sometimes they simulate the ruby’s wavelength using
impregnated dye handpieces that filter the light. However, these handpiece
systems are much weaker in power, because a larger percentage (sometimes
upwards of 70%) of the laser energy is blocked by the filter. As a result,
handpiece systems are largely ineffective, especially in later treatment
stages when powerful pulses are most needed.

The Quanta Q-Plus C delivers the tattoo removal laser energy in square spot
size. This means that the energy is distributed evenly over the target area
without ‘hot spots’, greatly reducing any complications such as burning or

A laser that is less than medical grade may also mean that you need to
attend more tattoo removal sessions, simply because it will be less
effective at breaking up the ink. Whereas the normal tattoo removal process
can take between 8 and 18 months, it may take a lot longer to get the
outcome you want with a cheaper laser machine.

Laser Tattoo Removal Process at Face of Man

What Can I Expect?

Tattoo removal at our Sydney tattoo removal clinic starts with an initial
in-person consultation. During the consultation, a tattoo removal specialist
will evaluate your tattoo and go over the process in detail. We will review
your medical history, treatment expectations, and examine your tattoo in
order to determine an appropriate treatment plan.

How Many Tattoo Removal Sessions Will It Take To Remove My Tattoo?

The number of tattoo removal sessions it will take to fully remove a tattoo
can range from eight to ten, depending on your overall health and the
make-up of the tattoo. Tattoo removal treatments usually last no longer than
five minutes and should be spaced six to eight weeks apart.

What Laser Tattoo Removal Technology Should I Use? What Is Picosure Tattoo Removal?

During the initial consultation, you will learn more about our laser
equipment and what laser technology will be most effective in fading or
removing your tattoo. Face of Man uses Q-switch laser to break down ink into
particles small enough for your body to absorb-no matter what kind of tattoo
or skin type you have.

Are Your Tattoo Removal Results Guaranteed?

We are a high end company that prides itself on client satisfaction.
Qualifying clients are eligible for our removal guarantee when they commit
to a full tattoo removal package. If a tattoo is not removed in the number
of sessions we quote, clients receive one year of free tattoo removal.

How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?

We determine the price of your tattoo removal by measuring the saturated
area of ink. To get an idea of how much tattoo removal costs per session
before you come to visit our Sydney tattoo removal clinic you can request an
online evaluation by sending us a photo of your tattoo for removal.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Our clients typically find that tattoo removal is not more painful than
getting a tattoo. They do find the procedure uncomfortable and describe the
feeling as rubber bands snapping on their skin. Tattoo removal at our Sydney
location is fast and most treatments take less than a minute to complete.

How many Tattoo session will I need?

The process of removing a tattoo takes time. It needs repeated treatments,
spaced out at 8 week intervals to allow the body’s lymphatic system to expel
the ink particles. Therefore one of the most common questions people ask us
is how many laser tattoo removal sessions are needed for full removal?

This is a difficult question to answer accurately. Everyone’s skin, immune
system and tattoo is different, and therefore all we can do is give an
estimation based on a number of factors.

The average number of treatments to fully remove a tattoo is between 6 and
12. Sometimes it could be more; sometimes it could be fewer. The fact is no
tattoo removal clinic can give a more exact figure, no matter how expert
they claim to be.

In 2009 the Kirby-Desai Scale was developed by two dermatologists
specialising in tattoo removal to try to provide a more ‘scientific’
estimation of the number of Q-switched laser sessions required for removal.
The Kirby-Desai Scale assigns numerical scores to various parameters; the
total scores then give a rough number of treatments required.

Having said that, here are the biggest factors that influence how many
sessions might be required to remove your tattoo.

Skin Type

The lighter your skin tone the more efficient the laser treatment and the
fewer sessions you will need. That’s because it’s easier for the laser to
penetrate through to the dermis for paler skin types and there is less risk
of changes in skin colour post-treatment. Darker skin types contain more
melanin (the skin’s natural pigment) and this can react to the laser energy
in the same way that the tattoo ink does. This can cause issues like
hypopigmentation (temporary lightening of the skin). Therefore extra care
has to be taken with those people with darker skin. Laser tattoo removal
treatment will still work for dark skin, but lower power settings and longer
waits between sessions may mean that total removal may need more sessions.
For further information about Fitzpatrick skin types and laser tattoo
removal please see our other blog post here.

Location on the body

During laser treatment the laser energy is absorbed by the tattoo pigment
which is then shattered into much smaller pieces. Your lymphatic system then
expels the ink particles over the course of several weeks. The lymphatic
system is part of the vascular (circulatory) system. The vascular and
lymphatic supply is much more extensive in the head, neck and torso, and
therefore tattoos on these areas of your body will be removed more
efficiently than those on the extremities of your body where the lymphatic
system is less well supplied, for example hands and feet.

Tattoo colour

Some tattoo colours are easier to remove than others. Tattoo pigments are
made up of different compounds; unfortunately it is almost impossible to
determine with any accuracy what your tattooist used. Ease of removal of a
particular pigment is determined by how well its constituent colours absorb
the laser energy and the size of the pigment granules. The easiest colour to
remove is black, followed by red, dark orange and dark blue. Lighter shades
such as light blue, yellow and green may require more treatments. At Fade to
Blank we use the Quanta Q-Plus C, which is the only laser on the market with
three true wavelengths (1064nm, 694nm and 532nm). It’s therefore the only
Q-switched laser that will successfully remove multi-coloured tattoos.

Amount of ink

The amount of ink in your tattoo is another factor that will determine the
number of treatments that will be required. Amateur tattoos contain less ink
and are usually places less deeply in the skin than professional tattoos.
Therefore amateur tattoos require fewer treatments. Similarly, simple
designs with one colour will need fewer treatments than multi-coloured,
complex designs.

Ink layering

Closely related to the amount of ink is layering. For example, tattoo cover
ups are made up of more than one layer of ink to hide a design underneath,
often with darker shades. Naturally tattoos with multiple ink layers are
going to require more laser treatments.

Scarring / tissue change

Some people are prone to changes in skin texture such as scarring after they
get a tattoo. This is more common in Fitzpatrick types V and VI (darker
skin). This occurs when an increased production of collagen during the
post-tattoo healing process leads to permanent scarring. The excess cells in
the scar tissue means that the immune system cells find it more difficult to
penetrate the area of the tattoo ink. Consequently tattoo removal will take
longer for these kind of skin conditions.


Finally, one very important aspect in how well your body will react to laser
treatment is whether you are a smoker or not. Oddly, there is no reference
to this in the Kirby-Desai Scale. As described earlier, the key to laser
tattoo removal working efficiently is a healthy and strong immune system to
flush out the fragmented ink particles dislodged by the laser. In smokers,
the immune system is under much more strain, and therefore the process of
removing the particles is hindered considerably. There is masses of
information out there about how smoking inhibits the body’s vascular system
– you don’t need us to give you another reason to give it up!

In summary, the number of sessions you will need for full tattoo removal is
difficult to predict with any accuracy. However, there are some factors can
give you a general guide.

What Is Your Tattoo Removal Post-care Process?

We find that our clients appreciate our aftercare process and follow up.
After every session, big or small, our tattoo removal specialist will
provide you with post-care instructions and check in with you via email to
see how you are healing. If any questions or concerns arise, we are
available to help you.

Once your treatment is finished, you may experience what’s known as
hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation – a darkening or lightening of the
skin respectively. This is due to the laser changing not only the
composition of the tattoo ink, but the melatonin in your skin. Your skin
will go back to a normal colour within 6 to 12 months after your treatments.

What post-treatment care do you provide?

Once your treatment session is complete, we’ll apply a cream on the affected
area, and put a simple dressing on the skin to protect it for around 24
hours. To allow as much ink as possible to be absorbed and expelled by your
immune system between visits, we recommend spacing the sessions 8 weeks

We also recommend that you avoid wearing tight clothing over or around the
treated area during the break between treatments and for a little time after
the process is finished. This is mostly to allow the skin to breathe and
recover normally and to prevent any extra irritation.

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