LASER TATTOO REMOVAL - FAQ's
How does laser treatment work?
Tattoos stay under the skin as the ink particles are too big for the body's immuse system to remove. The laser passes a short pulse of high energy light through the skin and breaks up the ink particles. The body's immune system is then able to remove the ink particles naturally. This is a gradual process and several treatments will be necessary.
Does it hurt?
The treatment is uncomfortable, a popular description is it's like being pinged with an elastic band. During treatment the area is cooled, this minimises any discomfort and a cold compress is applied afterwards.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each session depends on the size and colour of the tattoo. Prices start from £30 per session. Please feel free to come in and we will be able to give you a price per session once we have seen your tattoo.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on the actual tattoo and whether you wish to completely remove it or just dull it down to enable a successful cover-up. Tattoos that are faded will be much easier and quicker to remove than a newer black tattoo.
Can any tattoo be removed?
Treatment sessions can take from 5 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo
Are there any after effects?
Redness and swelling may occur, similar to sunburn. This settles within a few days. Some patients may blister, which is normal. Blistering does not require treatment and will usually clear within days. You will recieve written aftercare instructions following your treatment.
Will I be left with scars?
Generaly speaking, lasering does not cause scarring and the active Q switched laser which we use is designed with this in mind. It is important that the aftercare is followed and this will be explained to the client. Sometimes the original tattoo will have caused scar tissue which will become noticeable when the pigment is removed. There is normally no lasting damage to the skin. Very occasionally, mild changes in skin texture and colour may occur. There can be a change in pigment colour which usually returns to normal after 6-12 months.
Is everyone suitable for laser treatment?
No. There are some medical conditions which mean you may not be treated. For example if you have ever had any gold medications/injections, have lupus disease (Incurable Immune System Illness), are currently pregnant or use/have used St John's Wort, Roaccutane or Retin A. If you have any medical condition or use any medications (prescribed or not) please phone us for further advice. A full consultation will be undertaken before any laser treatment and we will be able to discuss any concerns you have.