Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal
If you regret getting a tattoo, whether it was from years ago or a few months ago, the good news is it no longer needs to be permanent! Nd:YAG wave lengths effectively work below the surface of the skin to break down the ink particles used in tattoos, making them small enough to be expelled by the body’s own metabolic process. Both Nd:YAG wavelengths are safe on all skin types and allow for the most effective tattoo laser removal procedures available.
Small 1.5 x 1.5 inch
Medium 3 x 3 inch
Large 5 x 5 inch
Price on consultation
Eyebrows (from semi-permanent make-up)
Frequently Asked Questions
Most clients liken the treatment to elastic bands pricking off the skin. You may also experience some minor discomfort in the area immediately after the treatment; this is due to the heat created from the laser when it shatters the tattoo pigment in your skin. A cold compress can be applied to ease the discomfort. As you progress with the treatments, you’ll find the discomfort and pain will decrease since there is less ink that shatters and creates the heat response in your skin.
Immediately when the laser is fired at the tattoo your skin will go white which we refer to as frosting of the skin. This happens due to the heat created in the skin causes water in your skin to evaporate. The frosting of the skin will fade within 10-20 minutes after treatment. Some clients experience pinpoint bleeding and swelling during the treatment too, but it is quite rare.
The next 24-48 hours some clients experience blisters forming due to the heat; this happens mainly in tattoos that have a lot of solid black ink packed densely in the tattoo. If blistering occurs they ahould be left to heal alone, swelling of the area is to be expected for the first 24-48 hours.
It is impossible to fully determine how many sessions it will take to remove your tattoo. However it can be determined using the Kirby-Desai Scale. This is a scale to facilitate laser technicians in estimating the number of treatment sessions needed to remove a tattoo. This can be a helpful scale to Google before the initial consultation and patch test so you have an idea of how many sessions will be needed, but remember it is just an estimate.
Using the scale, numerical values are assigned to 6 parameters including;
- Fitzpatrick skin phototype
- Location of tattoo
- Colour of the tattoo
- Amount of ink used
- Ink layering (has the tattoo been covered up)
Also remember there are factors under your control which can also speed up the healing process which means less time between treatments these include:
Positive mental health
Getting enough sleep
Getting enough exercise
Keeping well hydrated
Before your tattoo removal treatment can begin we need to carry out a small patch test to ensure your skin and the tattoo is suitable for treatment. You can start your first tattoo removal session 48 hours later if there is no adverse reaction.
This varies from person to person and depends on the skin type and type of tattoo ink. Generally green, blue and yellow inks can oxidise and appear brighter but depending on the ink used some can be removed easily. This is why the patch test is so important.
Yes our advanced laser technology can treat all skin types including darker skin.
With a properly trained laser operator who uses the correct safety equipment and follows the correct safety guidance tattoo removal lasers are very safe. The radiation emitted by a tattoo removal laser is non-ionizing and carries no risk of cancer or other abnormal cell growth.
Most side effects are short-term. They may include: blistering, swelling, scabbing, itching and heat in the area treated.
Longer term effects may include darkening of the skin hyperpigmentation or lightening hypopigmentation. If you have any concerns about the effect of laser tattoo removal please speak to your practitioner or doctor.
- Avoid any sun exposure and sun beds for at least 1 month prior to treatment
- Avoid using any self-tanning products at least 14 days prior to treatment
- Avoid hair removal in the area 30 days prior to treatment- including electrolysis, hair removal creams, threading, waxing, plucking and shaving.
- Keep hydrated before and after the treatment.
- Avoid Asprin 48 hours prior to treatments
- Avoid Sun exposure and sun beds and wear a minimum of factor 30 when outside.
- It is ok to shower a couple of hours post treatment but after that keep the area treated clean and dry and free from any perfumed products or make up for 3 days after treatment. Pat the treated area dry and don’t rub!
- Avoid baths, hot tubs, and swimming pools, as all of these can increase your risk of infection.
- Don’t pick or touch any scabs or blisters- this can delay the healing process and cause infection.
- Drink lots of water which can aid with the healing process.
- Decrease alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol intake can cause dehydration, which slows down the healing process.
- Healing occurs quicker in those that don’t smoke and have good nutrition
- Exercise. Exercising increases blood flow. Increased blood flow actually helps to break down the ink particles in your skin. You should take a few days off exercising immediately after treatment. But once your skin scabs over, physical activity can help the tattoo removal process along.