Although a tattoo might have seemed like a good idea at the time, many of us wish that permanent etching was not so permanent. Laser tattoo removal can be the answer.
Tattoo removal: Am I suitable?
It is an effective treatment but complete removal cannot be guaranteed and some tattoos are removed more easily than others. Some colours such as white, yellow, orange and some reds and greens are very hard to totally remove and some dyes such as fluorescent or acrylic may remain post treatment.
Tattoo removal: What do I have to do to prepare?
As tattoos vary in shape, size and density, it is necessary to have a consultation to assess whether they are able to remove or reduce the tattoo and determine how many treatments might be necessary.
Tattoo removal: What’s the treatment like?
The laser works by producing short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the pigment to fragment into much smaller pieces that are then removed by the body.
There may be some discomfort and the laser causes a stinging effect, but it is possible to apply a topical anaesthetic cream to help numb the area.
Tattoo removal: What about after?
Tattoo removal can take between eight and ten treatment sessions and these should be spaced at regular intervals (usually four to six weeks) to get the best results.
Tattoo removal: Are there any risks or side effects?
It shouldn’t cause much scarring but may result in some pigmentation changes.
Tattoo removal: What will it cost me?
The cost depends on the size and depth of tattoo and can vary from £50 to £200 per session.