Laser Tattoo Removal and Reduction by Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser- considered the ‘Gold Standard’ for Tattoo Removal.
Here, we will include all the frequently asked questions and information surrounding our Laser Tattoo Removal service.
How does Laser treatment work on tattoos?
Our laser produces a very high power in quick pulses. The light energy produced tends to pass through normally pigmented skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink deep in the dermis layer and shattered into tiny particles which are evacuated from the body through normal immune response. As the ink particles are removed, the tattoo begins to fade.
Is the tattoo removal laser dangerous?
Tattoo removal lasers are very safe for use when used by a trained laser operator with proper safety equipment (goggles to protect the eyes). The radiation emitted by a tattoo removal laser is non-ionizing and carries no risk of cancer or other abnormal cell growth. The procedure in non-surgical, and non-invasive.
Does it hurt?
Lasers will cause some discomfort and it is usual to experience a small amount of pain in the area afterwards. The laser pulses have been likened to having your skin ‘pinged’ with an elastic band, this is usually tolerated by most people without anaesthetic. However, some areas are more sensitive than others, especially around the ankles or the shoulder blades. Fortunately, the discomfort does decrease as treatment progresses and the tattooing fades.
Will the Laser treatment leave a scar?
Not normally, it is very unusual to develop any scarring but it is possible, especially with poor aftercare. The low pulse width of our laser reduces the risk of scarring.
How long does the treatment take?
Usually between 5 and 30 minutes, longer sessions could cause too much skin trauma so are not recommended, larger tattoos need to be treated in several separate sittings. Depending on the tattoo and the result required, up to 12 sessions may be required. Treatment sessions are 6 to 8 weeks apart.
What happens immediately after treatment?
Straight after treatment, the area will feel hot and the skin will form small, white ‘blisters’, these are water vapour spots created by the heat under the skin- these might be flat or sightly raised. This is a good sign that the treatment is working. These white spots start to fade quickly and the remaining ink will start to show through.
What are other possible side effects?
Most side effects of laser procedures are temporary, generally few and to be expected. Normally, symptoms will subside within a week and may include:
Localised swelling and redness- The most common side effects, could feel similar to sunburn.
Blistering- Don’t worry when blistering occurs, this is part of the normal healing process (do not pick or scratch).
Infection- There is always a risk of infection to the area, a good level of hygiene is important.
Scabbing- If you experience this, do not pick or scratch as it can cause scarring and impair further treatments.
Hypopigmentation- Loss of skin colour may occur, but is very rare. If this happens, normal skin tone should return within 6 to 12 months.
Hyperpigmentation- An abundance of colour in the skin at the treated area. More common in darker skin types and patients with fresh tans. This is usually temporary.
Sunburn- It is important that you keep covered in a minimum factor 25 suncream at all times when the area is not covered by clothing or sterile bandage.
Lack of complete pigment removal- Some colours cannot be treated, traces or ghosting of colour pigmentation may remain after treatment.
Slight pin-prick bleeding or weeping- This is normal and nothing to worry about.
Allergic reaction- A possible development of an allergic reaction to the tattoo dye as it is released in your system.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Certain medical conditions and medications would make exposure to the laser dangerous to you.
Patients that should not be treated:
- Pregnancy or trying to become pregnant
- Breast feeding
- Chemotherapy within last 6 months
- Users of Accutane or Tretinoin-Retin A in last 6 months
- Type 1 diabetes
- Bleeding disorders
- Immune system disorder
- Active infections or skin conditions at the treatment site
- Tanned or sunburnt skin in area
- Peripheral Vascular disease
- Chronic disease
- Renal failure
- Multiple sclerosis
- Taking tropical medication
- Wearing a pacemaker
Chronic disease may cause a delay of healing. These patients may need longer between treatments to heal. Older clients may also take longer to heal. As well, we are not registered to treat clients under 18 years of age.
Can you remove all colours?
No. Tattoo removal works best on tattoos of black ink that was sparsely applied to fair skin. Black ink is also able to absorb the full spectrum of light. A wide range of other colours can usually be removed successfully or lightened to a large degree: Brown, red (IMPORTANT some people may have an allergic reaction to red ink particles absorbed into the body), orange, darker green, blue and purple.
The most difficult colours to remove are pastel colours, although they can be lightened. A cover-up would be easy with pastel colours. Usually, white, yellow, light green, skin tones, florescent or ultra violet colours are untreatable- white and yellow ink does fade over time. Be cautious of anyone of guarantees to remove all traces of green ink.
Can I have just a part of my tattoo removed?
Yes. Our lasers are very accurate. We can take the face of your pin-up girl to have it redone. We can take just the name off pieces or remove misspelt letters.
Will my tattoo be completely removed?
Possibly, modern lasers can give fantastic results but there are no guarantees. Sometimes the total elimination of the tattoo is not possible despite the use of the most advanced tattoo removal equipment. There are many factors that can effect treatment results such as:
- Age of tattoo
- Application method
- Type of ink used
- Depth of ink
- Depth of colour
- Area of tattoo
- Your healing ability
- Skin type
How much will it cost?
Prices start from £40 to £90 per session, depending on size and type of tattoo, also colours used. We will give you a full quote during your consultation and patch test which takes approx 20 mins. Consultations and patch tests have a charge of £20 which is refundable over your first 4 treatments.
Monday: 10.30 – 3.00
Tuesday: – Closed –
Wednesday: 10.30 – 3.00
Thursday: 10.30 – 3.00
Friday: 10.30 – 3.00
Saturday: 10.30 – 3.00
Sundays are closed.