Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoos are formed when the skin is damaged and the large particles of ink become trapped within the fibres of the skin. The ink particles are too large to be removed by the body’s immune system. Laser treatment works by emitting very high power light pulses into the skin which breaks down the ink into much smaller particles. The smaller ink particles are then removed by the body’s own immune system or lymphatic system over a period of time.
DOES IT HURT?
Every individual has their own pain threshold, but many patients describe the sensation as simply being flicked with an elastic band, and certainly no more painful than having a tattoo in the first place.
CAN ALL COLOURS BE REMOVED?
Some pigments and inks are more difficult to remove than others; however the majority of colours can be removed. We cannot guarantee complete removal due to the age and depth of ink which can also affect the overall result. Older, amateur and darker tattoos achieve better results.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
This will depend on the size and age of the tattoo, the intensity of the ink colour, the depth of the ink and your body’s ability to remove the particles. Most people require 5 to 6 treatments although professional multi-colour tattoos may require more and amateur ones fewer. Results will typically be seen after just 1 or 2 treatments.
HOW FREQUENT ARE THE TREATMENTS?
It’s necessary to allow the body sufficient time to remove the ink particles between treatments, and also for the treated area to recover. For this reason we recommend treatments should be 4 to 6 weeks apart.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
During treatment the treated area will appear white which soon disappears when the treatment has ended. The area may be tender, slightly red or raised (blistered) for up to 48 hours following treatment and will soon reduce. It’s been described as being like mild sunburn. If there is blistering or scabbing, care must be taken to cover the area and avoid knocking the scabs off – allow them to heal naturally otherwise a scar may form which could then affect future treatment results. Sun protection should be worn on the treated area, to avoid discolouration, during the treatment course and then for the following 4 to 6 weeks.
CAN YOU FADE TATTOOS READY FOR A REPLACEMENT?
Our laser is sufficiently accurate to fade full tattoos, or parts of tattoos (such as names), so that a different tattoo can be placed above. Fewer treatments will be needed for fading tattoos.
Prices from £40 per session