Can I have a consultation?
Prior to treatment it is compulsory to have a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding the treatment will be explained and you will be asked to give informed consent.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Each pulse of the laser sends light energy into your skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces. We use different wavelengths of laser light to treat different colors of ink in your tattoo. Once the laser has broken the ink into smaller pieces, your body's immune system works to remove the ink over the following weeks, flushing it away from the tattooed area. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.
Is laser tattoo removal safe?
During laser tattoo removal the laser operates in short, fraction of a second bursts, targeted only at your tattoo. It does not affect surrounding skin.
Is laser tattoo removal suitable for anyone?
The suitability for the Laser tattoo removal treatment will be determined during an initial consultation with questions on general health and medication.
Can you remove a multi-coloured tattoo?
Most colours can be removed with laser tattoo removal. Black, dark blue and red tattoos respond really well to laser removal. More difficult tattoo colours to remove are white, yellow, purple and pink, but are easier to cover up. Green is probably the most difficult tattoo colour to remove.
Does the location of the tattoo matter?
In most cases, location does matter. Fading is generally slower for tattoos located further down the arms or legs as they are further from the heart. The closer the tattoo is to the heart the better circulation, therefore better results.
Can you fade a tattoo before a tattoo coverup?
Sometimes yes, but not everything can be covered well. Some tattoos require a little help from the laser in preparation for cover-up, to achieve a far superior result.
How many sessions are required for a cover-up?
To fade a tattoo ready for a new tattoo cover-up will require at least 4 sessions, depending upon what the cover up will be. E.g. a new light-coloured tattoo will need more of the old tattoo removing than if you plan a new dark tattoo to cover the old one.
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
For most clients, pricing is a factor in their decision. The price for each treatment and an idea of the number of sessions will be given during the consultation. Unfortunately, the exact number of sessions isn't something that can be predetermined but in general, it costs a lot more to get a tattoo removed than it costs to have it applied, but if you don't like your tattoo, it's a worthwhile expense.
How is the treatment carried out?
The skin will be cleansed and then the laser applicator is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. A ‘clicking’ noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter. During treatment protective eyewear will be provided.
How does the treatment feel?
Most clients say that the sensation of removal hurts less than they expected. Its described as a sensation similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well and its quicker than getting a new tattoo.
How long does each session take?
After the initial consultation, which takes approx 40 mins, the treatment time will vary depending upon the size, complexity of the tattoo and client sensitivity but generally is between 15-30 minutes.
How long does it take to remove a tattoo?
The number of sessions is dependent on the tattoo complexity, ink type, colours used, tattoo depth, tattoo age and skin colour of the client. Approx 8-15 laser tattoo removal sessions may be required before the tattoo fades entirely.
The average time between sessions is four to six weeks, but everybody is different. In some cases, eight weeks is the recommended minimum time to wait between treatments. It can be even longer for patients experiencing textual changes and other side effects. Downtime between treatments is a key factor, applying a laser treatment too soon can increase the risk of side effects like skin irritation.
Are Results guaranteed?
Before you start the process, it's important to realise that no tattoo removal is guaranteed. Some tattoos only partially fade after several treatments and may leave a ghost image of your tattoo.
How does the skin look after the treatment?
An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for approx 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a crust, which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses it.
Will it leave a scar?
Change to the skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any scabbing or blistering is not left to heal naturally. If the tattoo already features scarring, expect that to remain. Any scarring that remains after a tattoo removal procedure is often left over from when the tattoo was originally applied by the tattoo artist.
Why tattoo removal cream should be avoided?
Effective tattoo removal creams contain an active ingredient (chemical / acid) strong enough to break down the ink, but these can damage the skin causing scarring and burns.