Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoo Removal London
Over the years, the popularity of tattoos has soared, and as a result, the number of people having laser tattoo removal has also increased.
There are many reasons why someone may want a tattoo removed. Many people think about their tattoos carefully before getting them done but change their mind years later for unrelated reasons. Other individuals may not have considered the consequences of a certain tattoo in relation to their future plans.
Luckily, tattoos although once thought of as permanent, can now be safely erased by the effective technique of laser tattoo removal.
What options are there for tattoo removal?
Removing a tattoo is difficult due to the tattoo ink. When injected into the skin; the ink pigment is then encapsulated in a band of collagen. Once this happens, it becomes too large for the body to remove by its normal defense mechanisms.
As a result, you will require laser tattoo removal in order to remove the tattoo. Laser tattoo removal is the most effective method to eliminate your tattoo ink without scarring. It’s safe for all skin tones and works on virtually all inks. Over a course of laser tattoo removal, your skin will be ink-free.
Do you remove all tattoos?
Yes. One thing many people don’t know about tattoos is that they can come in many forms and not all of them are by choice.
Professional Tattoo Removal
‘Professional’ tattoos are the most common ones and are often the hardest type of tattoo to remove. Professional tattoos are the types of tattoos people often get from a tattooist. The difficulty presents itself when there are multiple colours within the tattoo.
Medical Tattoo removal
Medical tattoos are deliberately made for medical reasons such as before cancer radiotherapy. Additionally, a medical tattoo is a tattoo used to treat a condition, communicate information, or mark a body location
Traumatic Tattoo Removal
Traumatic tattoos are often unwanted tattoos caused by different foreign bodies. This can include fireworks’ particles, sand, metals, glass, gunpowder, asphalt, dust, or petroleum products embedded forcefully in the skin.
What Laser do you use for tattoo removal?
While there are many different lasers on the market claiming to be the best. The Q switched lasers are by far the ‘gold standard’ of laser tattoo removal.
At LaserLife, we use the Active Q-Switch (AQS) laser to remove tattoos.
Does Laser Tattoo Removal Require a Consultation?
Prior to your laser tattoo removal treatment, you will require a consultation. During this, we will discuss your medical history and confirm your suitability for treatment.
This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions about the treatment.
Before your tattoo removal course commences, you will need to give informed consent. Additionally, you will need a small patch test at least 24 hours prior to your first session.
This consultation allows us to discuss the predicted length of treatment and overall cost.
Tattoo Removal F&Qs
The Active Q-Switch (AQS) laser generates a high powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse. Your skin absorbs this laser light into the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces. Once they have broken down, this enables the natural immune defenses to disperse the ink.
Laser tattoo removal requires a course of treatments. Over this time, the tattoo will begin to fade until it disappears completely.
Furthermore, the Active Q-Switch treatment results often leave little or no evidence that the tattoo ever existed.
At Laserlife, we have been treating tattoos for a long time. While lasers are amazing for tattoo removal, they are not magic and may not be suitable for certain tattoo colours such as yellow.
Additionally, it may not be possible to achieve full clearance of multi-coloured tattoos. During your consultation, we will look closely at your tattoo and discuss any complications that may occur due to the colouring of your tattoo.
Tattoo Removal feels similar to a hot pinprick.
Whilst this is mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well. During treatment, we use Cryo-cooling technology to reduce discomfort.
In some cases, lasers can kill up to 10% of the hair in the treatment area. However, it’s rare we see this much hair reduced this much.
Common side-effects include:
During the treatment, you will see an instant whitening of the tattoo, but this fades quickly.
In addition, the area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can have a red and swollen appearance for up to 48 hours.
Some tattoos will form a graze, this will need to heal naturally with no interference such as picking the graze.
Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses the damaged ink.
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or some blistering may form.
Another rare side effect is a change to the skin texture and although uncommon, there can be light scarring. This isn’t usually due to the treatment, but due to an interference of the grazes or blistering, as they must heal naturally.
There may be a loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which may improve with time.
Before & After Tattoo Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal Prices
In order to determine how much a course of laser tattoo removal will cost, we will need to see you for a consultation before giving you a price. This is because no two tattoos are the same and we will need to look at the tattoo to determine how many treatments you will need in order to fully remove it.
Our consultations are free and are a great way to discuss treatment. Please contact us to book a consultation.
Please note, the prices displayed here are starting prices based on a single treatment and do not include any current offers. Finance available on bookings over £250.
We offer finance at 0% APR to our clients. You can now pay in installments for any treatment in our range providing it has a minimum value of £250 and you pay a 10% deposit upfront. Applicants can choose between either a 6, 9, 10 or 12-month repayment plan making our state of the art treatments more affordable. If you’re interested in applying, please click here.