Laser Tattoo Removal
- Considered the most effective system for the removal of unwanted tattoos by dermatologists
- Quick, reliable and totally safe
- Suitable for treatment of most multi-coloured tattoos
- Consistent, predictable results
Our system harnesses the latest Q-switch laser technology to safely and effectively remove tattoos by dispersing the coloured ink particles so that treated tattoos gradually fade away.
Q-switched lasers that generate a high powered beam of light in an extremely short pulse are the most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatment. The very short pulse of high powered laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.
Prior to treatment, a consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. There is also an opportunity for any questions you may have to be answered and time for a small patch test to be carried out*. During treatment, skin around the treatment site will be thoroughly cleansed before the laser applicator is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible ‘clicking’ noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter. After treatment, a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided. Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally is beween 10-30 minutes.
*£20 charge for test patch, redeemable against laser tattoo removal treatment
An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses it.
The required number of treatments depends on several factors, including the density and colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, generally taking from 1 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take up to 15 treatments. Treatments sessions are spaced 8 to 10 weeks apart.
Treatment sensation varies but is often described as a “flick of an elastic band” or a hot pin prick. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well. A skin cooling device may be utilised during and following treatment to reduce and discomfort.
The treatment site is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze which must be left to heal naturally. The skin may become lighter or darker or a small blister may form.