How does a tattoo removal laser work?

Active 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 treatment. 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.

Our laser system uses the highest technology available for tattoo removal. There is no better system.

How is the treatment carried out?

After your consultation, once you are fully comfortable and ready to proceed, we shall go to the treatment area, with one of our female or male qualified laser operators. Your tattoo will be treated and then we shall cover the area with a soothing lotion, and you will be given care instructions. Our aim is to make things as comfortable as possible for you, in a clean, sterile and friendly atmosphere.

How does the treatment feel?

Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whist mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well. A skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce any discomfort. Also if at any time you are nervous, worried or anxious, please feel free to express this and we shall do our best to reassure you.

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. You will be given after care instructions and we will be here to help and advise you whenever needed.

How many treatments are necessary?

This depends on several factors, including the density and colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur and professional tattoos have varying degrees of quality, some inks may have been tattooed much deeper than others. This means some tattoos are easier and faster to remove than others. Usually the process takes between 1 – 5 sessions. Each session must be a minimum of 4 weeks apart. It can be a lengthy process but this will soon be forgotten once that hideous tattoo has been removed!

How long does each treatment take?

Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally is between 10 – 30 minutes.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability.