Prior to treatment, a free consultation is carried out in which your medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment, there is also an opportunity for any questions you may have to be answered. Before treatment commences you will be asked to give informed consent and a small test patch will need to be carried out at least 24 hours prior to your first session.
How does a tattoo removal laser work?
Active Q-Switched Lasers generate a high powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to 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 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 eyewear 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. We use Cryo cooling technology to reduce discomfort.
An instant whitening of the tattoo is seen immediately after treatment, but this 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 the damaged ink.
Are there any side effects?
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or some blistering may form. Change to the skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any grazes or blistering is not left to heal naturally. There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which 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 6 to 10 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.