Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoos are of three main types: the Indian ink, amateur tattoo or the multi-coloured, professional tattoo. Single-colour tattoos usually respond best to laser tattoo removal.
Multi-coloured, professional tattoos are much more difficult to eradicate completely. Black, blue and red colours in the tattoo respond best to treatment, but yellow and green pigment can be more difficult.
Your tattoo will be assessed, and, in the majority of cases, laser tattoo removal will be recommended.
This treatment is for you if:
- You wish you had never had a tattoo in the first place.
- You are looking to fade a tattoo for a new design.
- You need to remove a tattoo to help pursue your career.
During the consultation a health questioner will be completed with the relevant health checks. Clients are required to have a patch test before any treatment can be carried out, the first treatment is normally carried out 7 days after the patch test.
Active Q-Switch Lasers that generate a high powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse are the most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatment.
The light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune system to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments. The skin will be cleaned and 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 is applied.
How does the skin look after treatment?
An instant whitening of the skin is seen but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos may form a graze which must be left to heal naturally.
How many treatments are recommended?
This depends on a number of factors such as the density, the colour of the tattoo and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 3 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and can take up to 15 treatments. Treatments are spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart.