Frequently asked questions about laser tattoo removal
Can all colours be removed?
Black ink responds best to laser removal. Other colours that can be effectively removed or lightened are brown, dark red, dark green, dark blue and purple. The most troublesome colours to remove are turquoise and light pasel colours. Stubborn colours can be substantially faded though to allow for a cover up. Things that can affect the degree of removal include the age of the tattoo, the type of ink used, your skin, depth of the application. We carry out a patch test on each of the colours in the tattoo you would like removed as a precaution and to see how each ink responds.
How many sessions will I need and how far apart are the treatments?
It depends. Most removal or fading need between 3 and 10 sessions, and it depends whether you are going for as complete a removal as possible or a fading prior to cover up.
In most cases though multiple treatments will be required and unfortunately, the number of sessions isn't something that can be exactly determined during your consultation.
This is cruicial to the successful removal of your tattoo. A downtime between each treatment of between 6 and 8 weeks is is vital to allow your healing prior to the next treatment. Applying a laser to the area too soon risks side effects like open wounds and skin irritation. Everyone is different and you will be given advice on how to ensure the area is completely healed before your next treatment. Patience is the key!
Does laser tattoo removal hurt and will I be left with a scar?
Everyone's pain threshold is different of course! Some people may find it nothing more than an annoying tingle while others may find it a little harder to bear - it's like being snapped with a rubber band. If you follow our advice regarding downtime between treatments and aftercare of the area then scarring is very rare. If you suffer from keloids then the risk of scarring there is an increased risk of scarring.
What should I expect after the laser tattoo removal treatment?
Post-treatment the area will feel hot and the skin will form small white "blisters - this usually lasts no longer than a few minutes and is a sign that the treatment is working. Other temporary symptoms can include blisters, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, redness and temporary darkening . These are common and usually subside as the healing progresses. Darkening or lightening of the skin, called hyper or hypo-pigmentation can occur and this usually corrects itself in 6-12 months after the treatment.
Will my tattoo be completely removed?
Our specifically designed laser can give fantastic results, but there are no guarantees. There are numerous factors affecting treatment results such as; age of tattoo, application method, type of ink used, depth of ink, depth of colour, area of tattoo, your healing ability, skin type. We carry out patch tests during our pre-treatment consultation and this will give a better indication on the outcome of the treatment. Tattoo lightening may continue for several months after the last treatment session.