Laser Tattoo Removal
How it works. Nd Yag laser can safely and effectively remove tattoos and permanent make up. Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a scar tissue. The laser produces very short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is able to remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage.
So how will we remove your tattoo?
The initial consulation will involve:
We’ll run through your past and current medical history.
We will discuss how effective it will be on your tattoo. In principle the laser can remove all kind of tattoos. Since all tattoos are not the same in terms of colour, depth of ink deposition as well as their chemical composition some may respond differently. Black, red dark orange and dark blue tattoos will typically respond better to treatment with laser. However brown, purple, green, light orange, neon and light blue colours are harder to remove and will require more sessions and we don't want to give you false expectations on the outcome of your treatment.
If you are happy to go ahead with laser treatment then we will patch test you. This is an important pre treatment test of how your tattoo will react to the laser. Once you’ve had your patch test you can then book in for treatment a week later.
Customers will see a reduction after the first treatment, however to completely remove a tattoo depending on the ink colour and how deep it is in the skin, it could be between 3-8 treatments with intervals of 4-6 weeks between treatments. In some clients more sessions may be necessary for complete removal.
How long does the treatment take?
This depends on the size of the tattoo; a small tattoo might take 5 minutes, where a large, or multiple tattoos could take an hour or more of treatment. Again, the assessment will provide this information
Does it hurt?
The level of pain felt will depend on the type of tattoos, the amount of treatment required and your own pain threshold. Some clients would describe it as no more than uncomfortable, where others will describe it as an elastic band flicked against the skin. Emla numbing cream can be purchased over the counter and applied 90 minutes before treatment.
Once the treatment is finished the skin feels like it's been sunburnt but this will settle over a few days, If you feel you are having a problem with the skin after treatment then contact us and we will try and see you as soon as possible. We are used to seeing skin reactions and will be able to advise you whether we feel you have a ‘normal’ skin reaction to the treatment or, rarely, an infection.
*Please note the use of sunbeds and sunbathing is not allowed 30 days before, during or 30 days after treatment.