Is Laser tattoo Removal More Effective than Other Treatments?
In recent years, technological advancements have enabled laser tattoo removal to become a safe and effective option. Tattoo removal creams are often inefficient and may only remove parts of a tattoo, which can potentially leave the area looking even more unattractive. Meanwhile other removal methods, such as surgical tattoo removal, can often be painful and carry a risk of scarring. Laser tattoo removal is a safe, proven treatment that delivers desirable results. In as little as six sessions, your tattoo can be permanently removed.
How does the process work?
The first step is to book a free consultation where we can discuss the desired outcome and perform patch test. Patch Test £20.
How much does ND YAG Q-Switched Laser Tattoo removal cost per session?
Initial Consultation £0. Patch Test £20.
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Medium-Large 4x4 £120
Large 5x5 £150
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How many sessions are needed and at what intervals?
Customers will see a reduction after the first treatment however to completely remove a tattoo depending on the ink colour and how deep it is in the skin, it could be between 2-10 treatments with intervals of 8 weeks between treatments. In some clients more sessions may be necessary for complete removal.
What colour tattoos can we remove?
In principle the laser can remove all kind of tattoos. Since all tattoos are not the same in terms of colour, depth of ink deposition as well as their chemical composition some may respond differently. Black, red dark orange and dark blue tattoos will typically respond better to treatment with laser. However Brown, purple, green, light orange, neon and light blue colours are harder to remove and will require more sessions.
What skin types can we treat?
We can treat all skin types with the AW3 ND YAG Q-switch technology. If you are in good health (no serious health concerns) and do not have hypo/hyper- pigmentation, tanned or Keloid scarring in your family or personal history. Generally clients with darker skin tone or multi-coloured tattoos will require more sessions.
How does it work?
Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibres. Q-switched lasers produce very short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is able to remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage.
Does it hurt?
The level of pain felt will depend on the type of tattoos, the amount of treatment required and your own pain threshold. Some clients would describe it as no more than uncomfortable, where others will describe it as an elastic band flicked against the skin. The truth is that you will only know how painful you find it until you try it! We can offer advice on pain relief, which will be given during your assessment.
Does the laser cause scarring?
Although there is a risk of scarring with any laser, in most cases, scarring is not a significant risk for tattoo removal with the ND Yag laser. Tattoo removal has become associated with scarring because the older generation of lasers used for tattoo removal were very aggressive and carried a very high risk of scarring. The ND Yag laser does not heat the surrounding skin significantly and the risk of scarring is much reduced. The risk of scarring is mainly associated with a genetic pre-disposition to forming scar tissue and the presence of resistant, green pigment. To reduce the risk, we carry out an extensive medical evaluation to identify high-risk clients.
Who can we not treat?
|Heart Disease||Keloid Formation/ Scars|
|Burns / Grafted Skin||Cancer ( Radiation/ Chemotherapy )|
|Liver / Kidney Disease||Epilepsy|
|Gold Injections||Active Tan ( 30 days pre or post )|
|Anti Coagulants||Clotting Disorders|
|Pregnancy / Breastfeeding||Anti inflammatory medication|
Important information : If you had any sun exposure within 30 days before or after a treatment we will not be able to treat due to the risk of burning, blistering, hypo and hyper pigmentation.
Pre and post treatment guidelines
Pre treatment care:
It is important that before receiving laser treatment you follow the recommended pre-treatment guidelines for 30 days prior to the treatment.
Post treatment care:
After any laser treatment , it is common for the area to feel slightly warm. It is also common to experience some redness, local swelling and mild tenderness. Some customers will have slight red blood spots immediately on the skin which may scab in a few days.
For the next 48 hours:
Note: If you find the area treated is sensitive, continue the list above for the next week.
With ever changing fashion, lifestyle and interests, it is a common occurrence for people to change their mind, deciding they no longer want a tattoo. The reasons for this could simply be that you have become bored with your tattoo, or perhaps regret getting a tattoo completely. The decision to have a particular design, or the message that their design implies, may no long be appropriate due to lifestyle changes as we get older. An unwanted tattoo can be more than just unsightly, they can have an impact on a person’s confidence, as well as their relationships.
For some people, their tattoos may still be attractive but they are located in the wrong place – meaning tattoo cover-ups do not solve the problem. Regardless of the reason for the dislike of your tattoo, if you are unhappy you may want to consider permanent laser tattoo removal.
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Canterbury Laser Tattoo Removal
Our Nd Yag laser can safely and effectively remove tattoos, permanent make up, and skin pigmentation such as Nevus of Ota, age spots, sunspots and birthmarks.
Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibres.
Q-switched lasers produce very short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is able to remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage.