Laser treatment is the most effective way of removing a tattoo or fading it down before a cover-up. At True Colours we use the Q-Switched Nd:Yag laser, which offers the best results in tattoo removal whilst causing the least damage to the skin.
Prices start from £20 per session for a very small tattoo. Most tattoos require 8-12 sessions, although some can take up to 15. Treatable tattoo colours are black, dark blue, dark green, red, purples and browns.
How does the laser work?
The tattoo is made up of ink particles in the skin that are too big for our body to naturally eradicate. A pulse of extremely powerful laser light is delivered to the skin, causing a photothermal reaction that breaks the ink particles down into smaller pieces. These pieces are then disposed of by the immune system.
Is the treatment safe?
There is no evidence to suggest that laser treatment poses any health risks.
Can all tattoos be removed?
Laser treatments are great for taking dark pigments out of a tattoo, giving the client a much wider choice of cover-up designs. Most tattoos respond very well to laser and are noticeably reduced within a few sessions. ‘Semi-permanent’ and homemade tattoos can usually be removed completely within 4-5 sessions, whereas professional tattoos with lots of colour may take longer. Some light colours, such as yellow, cannot be removed by laser treatment but are easy to cover-up. It is not always possible to remove the tattoo completely; sometimes a faint ‘ghost’ of the tattoo or some light speckles may remain. This is usually not noticeable and can be easily covered either with another tattoo or light make-up. We offer a full consultation and test patch to determine how effective the laser will be on your tattoo and how many treatments you are likely to need. The test patch is charged at £10 and is deducted from the price of your first full session.
Does it hurt?
Laser treatment feels similar to an elastic band being snapped against the skin. It is no more painful than getting tattooed and is very quick. Each treatment usually only takes 5-10 minutes.
Are there any after-effects of the treatment?
Immediately after the treatment the tattoo will look frosted or white, this is temporary and will fade within a couple of hours. It is normal to experience some slight swelling of the area or a sensation similar to sunburn. Any discomfort can be reduced by keeping the area cool and taking over the counter pain relief if necessary. Occasionally clients experience small blisters forming on the area, this is again normal and should not lead to permanent scarring. However, If there was scarring in the original tattoo then this can remain after treatment. Most clients experience little to no discomfort after treatment.
For further information on the side effects of Laser Removal and the best way to deal with them please follow the link --> Laser Removal Side Effects
Other points to consider:
You cannot undergo laser treatment if you are currently trying for a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding.
You will need to make your laser consultant aware of any current medical conditions/medicines you are taking and keep them informed of any changes.
You should avoid exposure to the sun or tanning beds prior to treatment, and refrain from sun exposure/tanning until your treatment is complete.
Keep the lasered area cool and dry for at least 24 hours after treatment. Some swelling or small blisters may occur, this is completely normal but can be kept to a minimum by keeping the area cool. If you experience any discomfort apply a cold compress to the area for ten minutes – be sure to wrap the compress in a towel or sandwich bag to prevent freezer burns and stop the area from getting wet. Do not apply any other creams/lotions/make up/fake tan to the area. Avoid swimming/saunas for at least a week after treatment. Avoid exposing the area to the sun, use a sun cream if you have to. Sunbeds should be avoided for the duration of the treatment. If blisters or scabs occur DO NOT pick/rub/scratch them, as this could lead to infection and/or scarring. After a week the area may feel dry/itchy – at this point you can use a plain moisturiser on the area, such as E45 or Simple. If you have any concerns about your treatment please contact us immediately on 01772 378 565.
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