How does Laser tattoo removal 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 disperse the ink. A
gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.
How is the treatment carried out?
The skin will be cleaned and then 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 and a light dressing may be applied. During
treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
How does the treatment feel?
Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic
band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well. A skin cooling
device may be utilised to reduce any discomfort.
How does the skin look after 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 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 to 8 weeks as the
body disperses it.
Are there any side effects?
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a 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 area
treated, which usually improves with time.
How many treatments are necessary?
This depends on several factors, including the density and 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 and some can take up to 15 treatments. Treatment
sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally is between 10 - 30
How soon can I start my treatments?
Prior to starting your treatments, we shall conduct an initial consultation and discuss your requirements, expectations and medical history.
Should you wish to proceed, you will be asked to complete and sign a consent form and undergo a test patch. Once your patch test results have been reviewed, we shall schedule your first treatment.