For those who have decided it is time to do something about their unwanted tattoo, the options available can be overwhelming and hard to comprehend. The main questions people have about tattoo removal are usually along the lines of; How does it work? Is it safe? Which option is best for me?
I offer laser tattoo removal, which is considered by Dermatologists as the safest and most clinically effective procedure for the removal of amateur and professional tattoos.
Producing fantastic results, this advanced technology works by allowing the light produced by the laser to pass through the skin and shatter the tattoo ink into tiny particles, all without burning or damaging the upper layer of skin. Once the tattoo pigment particles have been shattered, the body will dispose of these fragments via its natural immune system.
My lasers give fantastic results but there are no guarantees as to whether your tattoo will be completely removed. Removal success depends on the colours of tattoo ink used, as well as the age of the tattoo, how it was applied, type of ink used, depth of ink, depth of colour, the area of the tattoo, your healing ability and skin type.
I am always here to help. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or visit my website for more information.
How does it work?
I use award-winning equipment from Lynton, and have invested heavily in the equipment I use to treat my clients; ensuring only the safest and most clinically effective treatments, each and every time.
Q-Switched Lasers generate a high-powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse and 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.
Is tattoo removal dangerous?
Tattoo removal lasers are very safe. I am a trained professional and rigorously follow all the guidelines and use all the correct safety equipment. The laser I use is non-ionizing; this means it carries no risk of cancer or other abnormal cell growth. A full medical history is taken at your initial consultation to determine whether you are suitable for the treatment.
Does it hurt?
During your treatment, most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pinprick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well. A skin cooling device may be used to reduce any 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.
Are there any side-effects?
The following side effects may possibly occur:
Swelling & Redness
Like sunburn and lasts for only a day or two.
This is part of the normal healing process and the skin will heal correctly afterwards.
There is always a risk of infection. It is very important that you maintain good levels of hygiene.
Occasionally a scab can form, it is very important not to pick any scabbing so you‘re not left with a scar.
Loss of skin colour may occur but normal skin tone should return within 6 – 12 months.
A gain of skin colour may occur and is usually always a temporary effect.
Keep the area covered in a minimum factor 25 sun cream at all times.
Lack of complete pigment removal
Some colours cannot be treated, a small degree of colour pigmentation may remain after treatment.
Pin-prick bleeding or weeping
This is all normal and nothing to be concerned about.
As your tattoo dye is released into your system, it may be possible to develop an allergic reaction.
How long is the treatment?
Treatment normally takes up to 30 minutes. Larger tattoos will need to be treated over several sessions.
Depending on the density, colour of inks and the age of the tattoo, you may need up to 15 treatments spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 3 to 8 treatments.
Removing a tattoo can be a long process, please be patient, you will be happy with the results.
Part tattoo removals
I can remove part of a tattoo, and also remove tattoos that are already a cover up.
Can all colours be removed?
No. Laser tattoo removal works best on tattoos of black ink sparsely applied to fair skin. The most difficult colours to remove are green and white. If you are looking to cover up a tattoo with a new design, these colours are usually easy to cover.