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Why does the ink stay in the skin when you have a tattoo ?

When you have a tattoo the particles of ink are too large for the body to destroy, so instead it encapsulates the particles of ink with a network of collagen fibres as the skin heals, and this process ensures the tattoo remains.

 

How does the YAG laser work to remove it ?

The laser emits a pulse of light that passes through the surface skin and is absorbed in the layer below the surface where the ink particles are held. The very short pulses (billionths of a second) of light are too short to heat the surface tissue but do produce a  shock wave effect as they get absorbed by the tissue under the skin holding the ink. This breaks the ink particles down into much smaller pieces. The body recognises these smaller ink particles as something that should not be there and removes them naturally via the body's own immune system.

 

Can you treat all colours ?

No. Light is measured in nanometers and there are two wavelengths of light that are emitted from this laser. One is invisible infrared light (1064nm) and the other is visible green light (532nm). The infrared wavelength is preferably absorbed by black and dark blue inks, whereas the green light is absorbed by red ink. It is possible to treat some other colours but white, yellow and bright colours are difficult. This is not usually a problem however, as lighter colours cover very easily. If you wish to cover- up an existing tattoo then the darker colours will be faded or removed, allowing you greater choice of size and colour of the cover-up design you choose.

 

Why is it difficult to treat colours other than those above ?

The light will only break down the colour ink it is absorbed by. Different laser wavelengths are absorbed at different depths in the skin and affect different things. It is not possible to produce a laser that can absorb all colours as some wavelengths are absorbed near the surface skin and do not affect the ink. Other wavelengths would be absorbed by other matter and damage the skin in the process. The two wavelengths of the Laser we use are the two most suited to ink particle breakdown giving good removal to the colours identified above.

Another reason for not being able to remove ink is that some  pigments contain high levels of heavy metals. These heavy metals can react with the laser light and carbonise in the skin, turning the ink black. It is very difficult to remove the ink when this has happened . Prior to conducting a laser treatment the laser operator will perform a test patch for you to see if  this may be an issue before proceeding.

 

How much will laser tattoo removal cost ?

Laser tattoo sessions start at 40 pounds Per Session. Before we start any treatment we conduct a free consultation session. During this consultation we assess your tattoo size, colour and ink density, as well as carry out a skin assessment. With this information we can let you know how much each treatment will cost and some indication of the likely number of sessions needed to achieve your goal. Our pricing is very competitive and we have multiple payment methods. You can pay for each session as you have them or you can pay for a set number of treatments at a discounted rate of up to 25%

 

How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo ?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of this procedure, it is impossible to predict exactly how many treatments it will take for complete results. It could take as little as 3 or 4  treatments for a simple amateur tattoo or 10 or more treatments for a densely inked professionally applied tattoo. How quickly your ink fades will depend on several factors, such as the colours of your tattoo, the type of ink used and how your body responds to the treatment. When you have your Consultation visit we will review these factors with you in order to give you an indication of how many treatments might be needed

 

How far apart should the treatments be ?

Your body needs time to break down the tattoo ink pigments after each laser treatment. This is a slow process; therefore you will typically schedule each treatment a minimum of 4-6 weeks apart.

 

What will my skin look like after each treatment ?

Your skin will most likely be red and feel like it has mild sunburn. This typically goes away after a couple of hours. There may also be some bruising. At times and with certain inks, there may be mild blistering which usually heals in about a week. After each treatment you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your treated area.

 

Will the laser tattoo removal hurt ?

Patients say that laser tattoo removal feels like a rubber band snapping quickly on your skin. A sudden sharp snap of pain

Some people find this quite acceptable but some find it quite an unpleasant feeling. To minimise this we offer anaesthetic (numbing) cream that can be put on the tattoo before each of your treatments.   This makes the experience much less painful.

 

Does tattoo removal leave scars ?

The type of laser used leaves virtually no scars. In rare cases those with scarring disorders, such as keloids, have quite an increased risk of forming a scar.

 

Who will do my laser tattoo removal ?

The laser tattoo removal will be performed by Emma who has been trained to do this type of procedure. She has passed the industry accepted "Core of Knowledge" training and also been to the suppliers of our Laser for laser machine "Operation and Use " training

 

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