Laser Tattoo Removal
Frequently asked questions
- How does laser treatment work?
Tattoos stay under the skin as the ink particles are too large for the body's immune system to remove. The laser passes a short pulse of high energy light through the skin and breaks up the ink particles. The body's immune system is then able to remove the ink particles naturally. This is a gradual process and several treatments will be needed.
- Does it hurt?
The treatment is uncomfortable, a popular description is it is like being pinged with an elastic band. During treatment with the laser, the area is cooled. This minimises any discomfort and a cold compress can be applied afterwards.
- How much does it cost?
The cost of each session depends on the size and colour of the tattoo. Prices start from £40 per session.
- How many sessions will be required?
This is dependent on the tattoo and whether you wish to completely remove it, or lighten it to enable a successful cover-up. Tattoos which are old and faded will be much easier and quicker to remove than a newer, black tattoo.
- Can any tattoo be removed?
Unfortunately, complete removal cannot be guaranteed. Some colours are harder to remove than others, and we will be able to discuss the expected outcome with you.
- How long does a session take?
Treatment sessions can last from 5 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the tattoo.
- Are there any after effects to laser treatment?
Redness and swelling may occur, similar to sunburn. This settles within a few days. Some patients blister, which is quite normal. Blistering does not require treatment and will usually clear within days. You will receive written aftercare following your treatment. The treated area should not be exposed to strong sunlight between sessions without the use of sunblock.
- Does laser treatment leave any scars?
Generally speaking, lasering does not cause scarring, and the active Q switched laser which we use is designed with this in mind. It is important that the aftercare instructions are followed. Sometimes the original tattoo will have caused scar tissue, which will become noticeable when the tattoo pigment is removed. We can advise as to this situation prior to removal. There is normally no lasting damage to the skin. Very occasionally, mild changes in skin texture and colour may occur. There can be a change in pigment colour which usually returns to normal after 6-12 months.
- Is everyone suitable for laser treatment?
No. There are some medical conditions that mean you may not be treated. For example, if you have ever had any gold medications/injections, have lupus disease (incurable immune system illness), are currently pregnant or use/have used St John's Wort, Roaccutane or Retin A. If you have any medical condition or use any medications (prescribed or not) please ask us for further advice.