Life changes can mean that you regret your tattoo. Perhaps your employer does not allow visible tattoos or you are looking to make a change to your design. We can fade tattoo so you can return to your tattoo artist for re-work or be rid of it for good.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Lasers generate a high powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse which is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces. The body recognises them as something that shouldn’t be there and attacks them, after which they are removed by the body’s own
elimination system.

How is the treatment carried out?

The skin is cleaned, then the laser is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible ‘clicking’ noise is heard as the ink particles shatter. After treatment a light dressing may be applied if necessary. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.

Does it hurt?

The sensation is similar to a hot pin prick or fl ick of an elastic band. Most people tolerate treatment well-we use cooling technology reducing discomfort.

How does the skin look after treatment?
An instant whitening of the tattoo is seen immediately after treatment, but fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red & swollen for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo
won’t look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses the damaged ink.

Can you treat all colours with laser tattoo removal treatment?

Unfortunately not. The laser works best on black, dark blue and red inks and although it is possible to treat other colours, white, yellow and bright colours can be difficult to remove. If you plan to cover-up an existing tattoo then lighter colours cover very easily and the darker colours will be faded or removed, allowing you greater choice of size and colour of the cover-up design you choose.

Are there any side effects?

Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or some blistering may form . Although uncommon, change to the skin texture and scarring is possible and is more likely if any grazes or blistering is not left to heal naturally. The natural tanning ability in the area treated may be lost, but may improve with time.

How many treatments are necessary?

This depends on several factors, including the density, colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 1 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably, some can take up to 15 treatments but most will typically take 8 to 12 treatments. Treatment sessions are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.

How long does each session take?

Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally is between 10-30 minutes. Consultation Procedure Prior to treatment, a free consultation is carried out in which your medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment and there’s also an opportunity for any questions you may have to be answered. A small test patch will need to be carried out at least 24 hours prior to your first session.

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