Before laser tattoo removal, all other methods of tattoo removal involved major scarring. Fortunately modern technology means that having an unwanted tattoo removed is now usually a simple process that is available to everyone.
At Weston Beauty Clinic we are equipped with the very latest in laser tattoo removal technology. The new hi-tech and powerful (chill cooled) laser allows for fast but gentle tattoo removal. The removal of a multi coloured tattoo requires the use of different laser systems in combination to ensure superior results. We use new lasers – 1064 Q Switched Nd YAG & 532 Q Switched Nd YAG. These lasers have a proven record of successful tattoo removal. The safest and most effective systems available today.
How does it work ?
Our laser tattoo removal system works on the principle of selective thermolysis, delivering light quickly and at a very high energy level. This energy exposure selectively destroys the foreign pigment contained in the tattoo, breaking it into small pigment particles which are then removed by the body’s immune system. As the destruction of the pigment is preferential, minimum damage is caused to the surrounding skin.
there are two wavelengths of light that are emitted from this laser – one is invisible infra-red light and the other is visible green light . The infra-red wavelength is preferably absorbed into black and dark blue inks, whereas the green light is absorbed by red ink.
How long does it take and does it hurt ?
Usually 1 treatment sessions last between 5 and 40 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. The lasers do cause discomfort during treatment, similar to being “snapped” with a rubber band. Most patients equate the pain of tattoo removal with the pain of getting the tattoo. Some areas are more sensitive than others, such the shoulder blade and ankles. The pain tends to lessen as treatment progresses and the tattoo ink fades. Most patients tolerate the discomfort of treatment very well.
How many treatments do I need ?
There are several factors that influence the number of treatments required, these can be down to how easily you heal , how deep the ink is in the skin, and the types of ink that were used. Generally speaking the longer you have had the tattoo and the darker it is, the easier it is to remove. The light can only shatter a certain amount of ink in one treatment, so several treatments are needed at monthly to 6 weekly intervals to work through the layers. You will notice the tattoo fades more and more with every treatment you have. A professional tattoo can take between 10 -20 treatments although some Indian ink and amateur tattoos can be removed within 6 treatments and sometimes only take 1 or 2. It is therefore impossible for us to give you a price over the phone.
How much will it cost ?
Prices generally start from £60 for a small tattoo and increase in amount depending on the size of the tattoo. We will be able to give you a personal quote once we have assessed your tattoo in the consultation.
How will my tattoo respond ?
Blue-black, black, and red colours in the tattoos are easily removed, Multi-coloured professional tattoos are more difficult to remove completely, brighter & lighter colours such as white, yellow and particually green can be very difficult. Whilst the Indian ink tattoo and red areas in the tattoo may disappear after 3-6 treatments, the other colours may need considerably more treatments. Sometimes these pigments will not disappear at all, despite the use of advance laser technology . However, these colours are often faded enough so can be hidden with cover up make up.
Why is it difficult to treat colours other than black & red ?
The scientific reason for this failure to respond is that the colours do not have a corresponding laser light. The light will only see the colour ink it is attracted to as different wavelengths absorb into different things. It is not possible to produce a laser that can see all colours as some wavelengths are too shallow when absorbed to affect the ink, others can absorb into other matter and damage the skin in the process.
What side effects should I expect ?
It is possible for the lasers to be absorbed by skin pigment as well as tattoo ink. Darker skinned patients may notice some lightening of the skin (hypo-pigmentation). This usually returns to normal in 6 to 12 months. For your own safety we can not treat tanned or self tanned skin, the increased melanin can cause hypo pigmentation as well as burning. It is also important to avoid sun exposure through out your course of treatment.
Is there any scaring ?
There is normally no lasting damage to the skin. Very occasionally, mild changes may occur in skin texture .There is a possibility of pigmentation changes as occasionally the skin has been damaged when the tattoo was applied. However skin pigment changes usually recover. Scarring is extremely rare although again the damage could have occurred at the point of tattoo application and only noticeable once the tattoo is removed. It is very important to adhere to the after-care instructions provided. Providing they are followed out precisely then any risk of permanent side effects are reduced .
How do I know if I am a suitable candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal ?
You must attend a consultation where a test patch test will be carried out to see how your tattoo will react .This will be charged at just £20.
Is there anyone who can not be treated ?
Dark-skinned people aren’t suitable for tattoo removal. We evaluate people’s skin on the Fitzpatrick Scale. Skin types are classified from one to six based on your skin, eye and hair colour. One to four is classed as white skin and four to six dark/ethnic skins. Anyone who is over a four should be very careful about having tattoos removed because it can cause pigmentation and the patient could be left with a big blotch. See also side effects above.
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