Let’s face it, sometimes we have a tattoo that we decide isn’t “me” anymore or we want to change our ink for something done better. Tattoos are not always permanent. They can be lightened with a few sessions enabling a new piece to be done on top or completely removed. It just takes time, patience and a laser.
Lightening a tattoo for a cover up may only take a couple of sessions. Our experienced laser tech Nicky will usually start the treatment with a test patch to see how your skin reacts. All being well we can begin the treatment.
Laser Tattoo Removal and Reduction prices are;
- £20 for a patch test
- £40 – £60 for a 20 minute session
- £80 – £100 for up to an hour
Prices depend on how many colours we are removing.
To discuss tattoo removal and reduction get in touch.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Active Q-Switched Lasers that generate a high powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse are the most suitable lasers for unwanted tattoo removal treatment. The very short pulse of high powered laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces,enabling your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the unwanted tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.
How is the Laser Tattoo Removal treatment carried out?
The skin will be cleaned and then the laser applicator is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible ‘clicking’ noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter. After treatment,a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
How does the Laser Tattoo Removal treatment feel?
Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well. A skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce any discomfort.
How does the skin look after Laser Tattoo Removal treatment?
An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses it.
Are there any side effects of Laser Tattoo Removal?
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. Change to skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any grazes are not allowed to heal naturally. There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time.
How many Laser Tattoo Removal treatments are necessary?
This depends on several factors, including the density and colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 1 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and
some can take up to 15 treatments. Treatment sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally is between 10–30 minutes.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.
Nicky McCabe – Tattoo Removal
Nicky started an apprenticeship in piercing at Urban Tattoo and piercing studios in 2000 and then went off to follow her dream as a touring actor and physical performer. Returning to the world of tattoos and piercing in 2012 to train in laser removal / reduction.
Nicky loves beer and cake.