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Laser Tattoo Removal

Many people may consider getting Laser Tattoo Removal treatments to get rid of their body art. Sadly information surrounding this option is sometimes hard to find. If you’re thinking about getting your tattoos removed and are weighing up your options, read ahead to find out some more information about how Laser Tattoo Removal works, and how successful a treatment it can be!


  • 30% of people regret a tattoo
  • Sessions last between 15-45 minutes
  • Prices start at £150 per session
  • Treatment is FDA regulated
  • Eliminates 75% of hard to treat coloured tattoos

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How do you know if you are suitable?

The great news is all skin types are suitable for Tattoo Removal, though darker skin has a higher risk of hypopigmentation. The laser does the job in removing pigment from your tattoo, but it could also remove the pigment from your actual skin. To minimise risk, clinicians can do a test spot, and clients can avoid sun exposure following the treatment.

Whatever the situation, whether you are simply getting your tattoo faded for a cover-up, or you have a complex layer tattoo that you want completely gone, the flexible nature of the sessions means you can change the amount you have in order to get the best results for you.



Research

In a research study conducted by Andrew Trimming from the University of St. Andrews, he found that hiring managers feared that tattoos may deter customers. Even though some of the managers had tattoos of their own, it still became a factor in their decision. This, combined with the fact that a half of people with tattoos think about removing them, shows the usefulness of laser tattoo removal.

Nearly 30% of people regret the tattoo that they received when they were younger. Laser tattoo removal is the most effective way to completely eliminate unwanted tattoos. Where tattoo removal creams and ointments leave visible signs of old ink, laser tattoo removal successfully eliminates 75% of hard to treat coloured tattoos.

So how does Laser Tattoo Removal work?


First things first, Laser Tattoo Removal does not involve “lasering off” or burning your tattoo off your skin. The process is highly technical and perfect for removing tattoos while causing the least amount of damage to your skin.

The treatment works by firing an ultra short pulse at your skin. This penetrates the ink pigment that resides in the deep layers of your skin. The heat causes the particles to thermally expand on one side, then internal stress causes the ink to rip apart. The laser causes the pigment to shatter into smaller pieces. These are further broken down by white blood cells and taken from the body through the lymphatic channels and liver.

During Laser Tattoo Removal, a low energy, aiming beam is used for precision. As the laser fires, “frosting” occurs which elevates the top layer of skin. The shockwave at a particle level on your skin causes this effect, but it only lasts for a few seconds. The process is repeats across sessions, layer by layer so that not too much occurs at once as it could overwhelm the skin, and leave marks or scarring.

At a glance

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Preparation

To prepare for laser tattoo removal, you need to shave before your appointment. At the treatment, they give you goggles designed to protect your eyes, and apply anaesthetic cream. The session itself takes around 10-30 minutes, depending on the size of your tattoo.

Procedure

During Laser Tattoo Removal, a low energy, aiming beam is used for precision. As the laser fires, “frosting” occurs which elevates the top layer of skin. The shockwave at a particle level on your skin causes this effect, but it only lasts for a few seconds. The process is repeats across sessions, layer by layer so that not too much occurs at once as it could overwhelm the skin, and leave marks or scarring.

Aftercare

After your session, your clinician will apply aloe vera gel and you may also get a bandage over the treated area. In the days afterwards, you should avoid sun exposure and tanning beds, and vigorously apply suncream. You can apply additional cooling and protecting creams, such as more aloe vera or Vaseline to help with any blistering or scabbing.

Cost

According to the NHS, UK private clinics can charge around £150 per session to remove a small tattoo. Obviously, larger tattoos will cost more or require extra sessions.

Benefits

Laser Tattoo Removal treatments have significantly improved in recent years, helped by the introduction of the PicoSure laser applicator. PicoSure targets the ink as opposed to the skin to reduce scarring. The device operates on three wavelengths, depending on the colours that you want to be removed. Different inks respond to different wavelengths, and need a personalised treatment for your tattoo and skin type.

Results

A recent study demonstrated that 1-2 treatment sessions led to at least 75% clearance of blue and green pigments with a PicoSure device, with more than two-thirds of tattoos approaching 100% clearance. Another 2012 study also showed 75% clearance in black pigment as early as 2-4 treatment sessions.

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FAQ's

Your questions - answered.

The NHS approximates that in the UK, private clinics charge around £150 per session to remove a small tattoo.

A good estimate is 8-10 for large tattoos. Every tattoo has an individual size, colour, and design with specific needs, so session number greatly varies. There must be 6 weeks in-between treatments to decrease likelihood of irritation and scarring.

Recently, a study in 2012 showed a 75% clearance in black pigment as early as 2-4 treatment sessions in! Though results are not dramatic straight away, a little time and patience reaps great results.

People compare the pain to the sensation of an elastic band flicking or pinging quickly against your skin. Many say it’s no more uncomfortable than the process when you got the tattoo in the first place!

Older tattoos typically respond well to the treatment as they have begun to fade naturally. Brand new tattoos are unsuitable for laser treatment, but fine once the skin is fully healed.

Many people use Laser Tattoo Removal as a way to fade difficult to cover tattoos, and then get a brand new design on top! For cover-ups, you will require fewer sessions to achieve your goal.

Using a PicoSure laser is the fastest method of tattoo removal in the UK. It is able to specifically target blue and green colour pigments. There is also less recovery time needed than other laser treatments.

Treatments take on average 45 minutes, dependent on the size of the surface area being dealt with. Furthermore, some procedures may take as little time as 15 minutes, with larger areas taking over an hour to complete.

The FDA regulated Laser Tattoo Removal, so it is completely safe. Qualified staff perform the treatment, who have gone through rigorous training sessions in order to inflict minimum pain for maximum results.

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