Tattoos are kept in place by your immune system sending specialised cells to surround the ink, stopping it from moving further in to the body. As the cells naturally die and release the pigment, another cell takes its place, taking up the pigment (making tattoos permanent).
During laser tattoo removal light is passed through the skin at high energy levels, hitting these cells and breaking the pigment up into smaller parts, making it difficult for future cells to consume and hold the broken pigment. Your body's filtration system, then removed the pigment from your body.
How quick does it work?
Every tattoo is different in how long it may take for it to be removed as it depends on the size, colour and at how many levels the tattoo sits.
The darker the pigment, the easier it is to remove: Green and yellow are the most difficult to remove and white is impossible, however we have a specialised laser tip which allows up to help fade any green aspect of a tattoo.
However, we are trained in the new R20 protocol that will allow us to carry out the equivalent of four laser tattoo removal sessions in the space of two hours. This is carried out by working at much higher energy levels and quickly cooling the skin in between sessions.
How often can I be treated?
The R20 is a single session only with a review after six months due to the trauma created to the skin.
For all other tattoo removal treatments you must wait 6 weeks for the same area to be treated. However, two weeks after your treatment in a particular area, you can have treatment carried out in other areas.
Do I need a patch test?
It is an industry standard requirement to have a patch test prior to your treatment to check you are safe to have tattoo removal treatments.
We carry this out by administering three bursts of energy at different levels and after an initial review, we ask you to come back after two weeks to have a final review.
What size area can be removed in one go?
Studies have demonstrated that laser tattoo removal can put a lot of pressure on your immune system. Due to this, we will only remove a tattoo up to 12 x 12cm using the standard method in one go and a 6 x 6cm tattoo using the R20 method.
Are there side effects or risks?
The main risks (although uncommon) associated with laser treatments are blistering, burns, scarring and infection. You will experience some white frosting, scabbing up and tiny blood spots over the surface of the skin, which can take a few days to disappear.
If eye protection is not worn correctly, then there is also risk of visual impairment
Does it hurt?
It is often described as being compared to the snap of an elastic band against your skin.
It is not advisable to wear numbing cream due to an increased risk of scarring, however, you can take painkillers prior to your appointment, providing that they are not anti inflammatories such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
Is it safe for me to have?
There are many conditions which would make you unsafe to have this treatment.
In the majority of cases these includes (but are not limited to) those with autoimmune diseases, those with very dark skin tones, those who are pregnant or breast feeding and those taking medication which makes them photosensitive.
reaction in the area.
If you have any raised moles or metal work (including piercings) in the area to be treated and they cannot be removed, we are also unable to treat this area.
Please note that if you have a natural tan (via the sun or sun bed) you will be turned away from all laser treatments for a period of four weeks. If you have had a fake tan applied, we will need to wait two weeks before we can carry out your treatment.
Please contact us if you have any medical conditions or take any medication prior to booking.
How can I prepare for my treatment?
Remove any perfume, aftershave, moisturisers of deodorant that contain alcohol
Ask questions and make sure you are 100% happy!
Ladies- avoid your time of the month!
Do not drink alcohol for a couple of days before your treatment and don’t plan on going swimming or doing anything where water or chemicals might touch the treated area.
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Are there any restrictions after?
Don't rub the area
Avoid any treatments in the area 3 months either side of your treatment
Avoid alcohol, smoking and anti-inflammatories for a few days afterwards.
Avoid swimming, steam rooms and saunas and going to the gym for a few days.
Do not have a shower or bath for a couple of days.
Avoid any activity that may make you hot, this can encourage the skin to burn well after treatment.