How laser tattoo removal works
- We use the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, which is one of the most commonly used lasers for tattoo removal.
- The Q-Switched lasers produce a high powered beam of laser light at a speed that is too fast to heat the skin, the very short pulse of light penetrates the skin without breaking it and is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles
- The ink particles are then broken down into smaller pieces; your body’s immune system recognises these particles as something that shouldn’t be there and removes them naturally via the body’s own natural elimination system.
- A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments
- Under normal conditions, the process which breaks down the tattoo ink begins 2 weeks after the laser treatment. The ink will continue to evacuate for approximately 4-6 weeks. For this reason, treatments are scheduled no closer than 4 weeks apart
- Little preparation is required before your treatment
- Sun beds or sunbathing should be avoided at least 4 weeks before your treatment
- A reduced blood sugar level can make you feel faint or queasy so it’s essential that you eat something about an hour before treatment
How is the treatment carried out?
- Protective eye shields are provided and the skin will be cleaned
- The laser applicator is then passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light, an audible clicking noise is often heard as the ink particles break down
- An instant whitening or blistering of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly
- Immediately following the treatment an ice pack will be applied to soothe the treated area
- The area will be tender for up to 48 hours
- A bandage or patch may be used to protect the area
- The treated location will need to be covered with sunblock when out in the sun during the healing process
- Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the following 4-8 weeks as the body disperses it
- Following your treatment an antibiotic ointment will be applied to the area and a dressing may be used
- After treatment skin may be red and swollen; this is normal
- Full after care instructions will be included in your consultation