How does a tattoo removal laser work?
Q-Switched Lasers that generate a high powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse are the most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatments.
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 dispense the ink.
A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments. We recommends a treatment time of between 10-30 minutes depending upon the size of the tattoo.
How is the tattoo removal treatment carried out?
After an initial consultation with one of our team, the skin will be cleaned and the laser will be passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible ‘clicking’ noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter.
During the treatment, protective eyewear will be provided. After treatment, a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied.
How does the tattoo removal treatment feel?
Most of our clients describe the sensation as similar to a hot prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment very well.
A skin cooling device may be used to reduce any slight discomfort.
How does the skin look after the tattoo removal treatment?
After treatment, an instant whitening of the skin is seen which generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be swollen and red for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4-8 weeks as the body disperses it.
Are there any side effects to the tattoo removal treatment?
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or small blister may form. Change to skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any grazes are not allowed to heal naturally. There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the treated area, but this usually improves with time.
How many treatments are necessary to remove the tattoo successfully?
This depends on several factors, such as the density and colour of inks and how long you’ve had the tattoo for.
Amateur tattoos can take 1-6 laser sessions to remove. Professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take up to 15 treatments.
We advise that tattoo removal sessions are spaced 6-10 weeks apart.