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Laser Tattoo Removal

Dec 2, 2016Posted by nameless

What is Laser Tattoo Removal

Dermatologists consider lasers to be the most effective and reliable method of tattoo removal available as they are safe and provide consistently good results on multi-coloured tattoos.

Before your treatment, we request that you come in and have a chat to one of our practitioners to check your suitability, set a treatment plan and perform a patch test.

The Procedure

The laser is directed onto the tattoo where the high frequency light breaks down the ink pigment into smaller particles which are disposed of via your immune system.

Treatments last between 10 and 30 minutes and we recommend a course of 1 to 15 treatments at intervals of 6 to 8 weeks depending on the size, intricacies and colours of the tattoo. After each treatment, the tattoo will gradually fade away over the following weeks.

Later Progress

Immediately after treatment, the skin will go white, this is completely normal and will fade relatively quickly. Swelling and soreness may be experienced for 48 hours. Some tattoos may form a graze after treatment which should be left to heal naturally, picking or removing the scab will result in scarring.

Sometimes, small blisters may form at the treatment site, but this will heal in a short time. Following laser treatment, some skin discoloration may be noticed and the skin may not tan in the same way as non-treated skin. However, these should both stabilize over time.

Related Procedures

Laser Tattoo Removal, Thread Vein Removal, Laser Varicose Vein Treatment,

How long does the procedure take?

Depending on the size of you tattoo, each session takes between 10 and 40 minutes.

How long do the results last?

Laser tattoo removal gives permanent results.

Will the procedure hurt?

The procedure can be uncomfortable, so local anaesthetic gel is normally used in the area.

How many sessions will I need?

This is very dependent on the condition of your skin, size and colours used in the tattoo. Most clients find that between 5-12 sessions are sufficient.

Will I be left with a scar?

No, laser tattoo removal will not scar you.

Can multi-coloured tattoos be removed?

Yes, all tattoo colours can be removed. Black, blue and red tattoos are the easiest to remove. White, yellow, pink and purple are more difficult to remove. Green tattoos can be very difficult to remove and may require extra sessions.

When can I go back to normal day-to-day activities?

You can go back to normal activities the same day. Though we recommend you avoid excessive heat for about two weeks after (e.g. sunbathing, sunbeds, saunas). Your skin may be quite red for a few days after the treatment, you should consider this if you're planning a trip or special day.

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

Yes, there are alternative acne treatments, however laser is a proven technique to minimize the severity and frequency of outbreaks.

Can I combine this procedure with other procedures?

Yes, many clients choose to have other procedures at the same time.