If you have decided it is time to do something about an unwanted tattoo, our laser tattoo removal services are considered by Dermatologists to be the safest and most clinically effective procedure.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
The tattoo is subjected to concentrated pulses of high-powered laser light. These pass safely through the skin and are absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, shattering them into sufficiently small pieces for your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.
Do I need to have a patch test?
Yes, patch tests are carried out to determine the treatment parameters and to judge how your skin and the tattoo might react to a full treatment. During a patch test a small area of your tattoo will be treated, and this allows us to assess how well the light energy is being absorbed and whether the skin and tattoo pigment will respond as expected.
How effective is it?
Darker colours such as black, blue, red and dark brown, are easier to treat and can be reduced to the point where you couldn’t depict the outline or wording, but you may still see a tiny bit of ink that could look like the last bits of a bruise. We would describe this as being “90 to 95% gone”. Colours such as yellow, flesh tones and pastel colours are trickier to treat and will fade less.
How long does it take?
Treatment time is generally between 10 and 30 minutes. Depending on the size of the tattoo, a course of 8 to 12 treatments is usually required, typically at 8-12 week intervals.
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
Most clients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst the treatment can be quite uncomfortable, most people tolerate the treatment well. We also use a skin cooling device during and after treatment to reduce discomfort.
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 four to eight weeks as the body disperses the ink particles.
Semi-permanent cosmetic makeup removal
We can work on eyebrows that have had cosmetic tattoos, by working around the hairs. We can achieve a good result after just a few treatments. Please note, we do not treat eyeliner at all as it is too close to the eye, and we don’t treat lip liner as it often changes colour instantly to a dark grey colour, which is not very desirable.
Starting from just £45
Free one-to-one consultation
Before we do any treatments, we will carry out a free one-to-one consultation to discuss your medical history and check your suitability for the procedure. We will then tailor a treatment procedure specifically to you. If you wish to proceed with treatment, we will carry out a patch test at a cost of £25. Discretion and sensitivity is assured.