Laser Tattoo Removal
Each patient that our specialists see have their own individual reasons for wishing to have their tattoo removed . When you visit us you can be sure you are in the hands of extremely experienced, excellently trained professionals. At all three of our dermatology and laser clinics we provide specialised tattoo laser removal. We use switch lasers which are considered by dermatologists to be the most effective. safe and reliable way to remove unwanted multi-coloured tattoos with consistent predictable results. Our tattoo laser removal is led by Dr Russell Emerson, one of our Consultant Dermatologists and Sarah Walker our Aesthetic Practitioner. Both have many years of experience, and represent the outstanding standards we have within laser tattoo removal.
Why choose Medical Clinics Group for Laser Tattoo Removal?
Few clinics have lasers that are specifically designed for laser tattoo removal. At all of our clinics we have a high power Nd:Yag system that has been developed for the sole purpose of laser tattoo removal. This system can deliver high powered laser energy into the skin and is extremely effective. We have two trained aesthetic practitioners and two consultant dermatologists who can provide these treatments for you at the clinic. Dr Emerson has 12-years experience in laser tattoo removal. Few clinics have dedicated laser systems and are modified lasers that are used for other purposes.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
The pigment is selectively destroyed in tattoo’s by using a wavelength of laser light that is specific for the pigment colour. A high amount of energy is absorbed by the tattoo in a very short duration of time causing micro-explosion of pigment in the skin. The exploded pigment is then removed naturally by the body. Laser tattoo removal is most effective for dark black, blue and red tattoo’s because we have lasers that can specifically target these colours. Yellow, orange and green pigment is far more difficult to remove.
What happens during the treatment session?
In order to evaluate your suitability for laser tattoo removal, you will first be required to attend a consultation where details of your medical history will be obtained and a consent form signed. You may also be required to undergo a Patch Test before the treatment commences.
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 light dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eye wear must be worn by client and practitioner.
How many treatments will be required?
This depends on the size of the tattoo, depth of the pigment, type of pigment, and your skin type. Most tattoo’s require 6-8 treatments for a 80-95% clearance. We space treatments approximately 4-6 weeks apart as the skin must be healed from the previous treatment before the next session commences. Sometimes, just 3-4 sessions are required for amateur tattoos but professional tattoos can take 15+ treatments. We can never guarantee complete clearance.
How long does each session last?
The length of the session often depends on the size of the tattoo but usually is between 10-30 minutes per session.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?
The Nd:Yag Tattoo removal laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulses of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band or speck of hot bacon grease on the skin. The large majority of patients do not require any topical anaesthetic cream application. However, we do recommend taking Paracetamol 1-hour before the treatment session to reduce any discomfort. A skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce any discomfort.
How expensive is laser tattoo removal?
The price of tattoo removal varies depending on the size of the tattoo you wish to remove.
We offer special packages to help with costs and will take payment by credit cards. Package prices need to be booked in advance of treatments.
Visit our Prices page for more information.
How does the appearance of the skin change after treatment?
Post-treatment an instant whitening of the skin can be seen although in most cases this fades quickly. The treated area will often feel tender for a few hours and can feel red and swollen for up to 48 hours afterwards.
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.
What are the side effects of laser tattoo?
Laser tattoo removal will cause quite intense tissue reactions because it is necessary to break down the tattoo pigment to make the treatment effective. Treated areas may blister, bruise and can bleed. It is very normal to experience crusting of the skin following treatment. These reactions typically last 5-10 days and heal without any problems. We try and use laser settings that will maximise clearance without causing long-term scarring.
Compared to other laser treatments, the risk of permanent scarring with this treatment is relatively high. We advise patients that up to 5% (1 in 20 people treated) may develop permanent scars: permanent loss of the normal colour of the skin, loss of the skin volume (atrophic scarring), and raised red scars (hypertrophic or keloid scars). Longer-term some of these recover but permanent damage to the skin can occur especially if the skin has not been allowed to heal naturally.
There may also be loss of tanning ability to the treated area, but this often improves over time.