After a period of 10 weeks the laser treatment can be repeated to remove deeper layers of pigment, until the tattoo fades.
The number of treatments required will depend on several facts
- the type of pigment used - e.g. amateur (ink) or multicolour professional
- the body's own defense mechanisms and how effective it is
- the colour of the tattoo
- the depth of the tattoo
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED ?
Amateur tattoos can take up to approx 1-5 treatments or more and professional tattoos depends on size and depth of the pigment can take 10 to 15 treatments
The laser light can seriously damage your eyes, so everyone in the Laser room will have to wear protective eyewear. This is exremely important and mandatory - as blindness can be caused to the naked eye if not sheilded from the Laser light
HOW DOES IT FEEL ?
The Laser fires beams in short rapid bursts and the sensation is similar to the splatter of hot oil from a frying pan, or a short sharp hot pin prick. or the flick of an elastic band against your skin.
A skin cooling deviceis used throughout your treatment to numb the area being treated.
HOW DOES IT LOOK AFTER TREATMENT ?
After the treatment the area will feel hot for awhile and could be red and swollen for the rest of the day.
Very dark, or large tattoos will remain tender and swollen for a few days, occasionally this is followed by a scab or crust.
The tattoo will not look a lot different initially, but over the next few weeks will fade a little.
Photographs are usually taken and stored digitally in your files to compare results between each treatment you have.
In rare cases pigmentation changes or scarring can occur. That is why we insist on a skin test 1 week prior to treatment to minimise these risks.
Scarring is most unlilely, but it can occur in the form of some change in skin texture. This is more likely if you pick the scabs that occur.
There also may be loss of natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time.
It is essential that tanned skin is not treated and you should make every effort to keep the area as pale as possible throughout the treatment period.
A very small percentage of tattoos inks will not respond to Laser, and some colours can worsen.
Heavy professional tattoos may not completely go, with some residual but feint colour left.
- Sun avoidance is essential and on brighter days it is advisable to keep the area covered if only with a 'heavy' plaster
- Also the daily use of a high factor, broad spectrum sun block is strongly advised - keeping the area as pale as possible
- Be gentle with the treated area - until it has settled down to a minimise the risk of scarring- how you take care of the treated area will affect the final outcome and healing process.
- It should not always need a dressing as long as you can avoid picking or scratching the treated area
- If blisters form they should be left to dry and resolve naturally - but you may be advised at the Clinic to protect them with a dressing
A Consultation takes approx 30 mins costs £15.00 and is refunded against your first treatment should you wish to progress with the Laser tattoo removal.
Prices are per treatment and include v.a.t.
A price is determined at the initial consultation.