Is the treatment painful?
The treatment can be uncomfortable; usually a ‘stinging’ sensation may be felt rather like an elastic band being snapped against the skin. If required however, a local anaesthetic cream may be applied to sensitive areas or simply to help you feel more relaxed.
Can any type of tattoo be treated successfully?
I can provide effective laser treatment to remove most tattoos although we do not guarantee results. Tattoos do vary greatly in size, colour and density and some respond easily to treatment than others. Some colours are very difficult to treat and these include white, yellow, orange, some reds and green tattoos containing fluorescent or acrylic dyes.
How many sessions will I require?
Tattoos generally require 8-10 treatments performed at regular intervals. To ensure optimum success, an interval of 4-6 weeks is normal between treatment sessions.
Will there be any scarring?
Unlike other treatment methods, with laser treatments the surface of the skin is neither cut nor burnt therefore the results cause minimal permanent scar tissue. However, some loss of pigment (hypo-pigmentation) or excess pigment (hyper-pigmentation) of the treated area may be evident after completion of a course of treatment. This will normally be expected to fade after 6 months after which, normal skin colouring and texture should be regenerated. A small number of people may find these changes permanent.
How much can I expect to pay for treatment?
The cost will vary depending on the size of the tattoo; generally they are priced as a small, medium or large tattoo and can range from £25 - £100 per treatment.
What laser do I use?
These are considered the “Gold Standard” when it comes to removing or fading tattoos. Proven to be effective in the removal of coloured pigments in the skin. The Q-switched Nd: YAG is most effective for blue and black tattoos. This laser has the advantage of being useful for darker-skinned individuals. At the frequency doubled setting (532nm) the Q-switched Nd: YAG is highly effective for treating red and orange tattoos and is also effective in treating red green tattoos. Effects on yellow tattoos will be variable.