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Active Q-Switch Lasers are considered by dermatologists to be the most effective, safe and reliable way to remove unwanted multi-coloured tattoos with consistent predictable results.
How does a tattoo removal laser work?
The most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatments are Active Q-Switched Lasers which can generate a high powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse. This very short pulse of laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles. The rapid heating of the ink causes the ink particles to shatter into smaller pieces, your natural immune defences will then absorb and disperse the broken down ink. A Gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.
How is the treatment carried out?
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, the area will be cooled and a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
How does the treatment feel?
Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well. A skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce any discomfort.
How does the skin look after treatment?
An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this fades with cooling. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but it will continue to fade over the next 4-8 weeks as the body disperses the ink.
Are there any side effects?
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or small blisters may form. Change to the skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and this is more likely if any grazes are not allowed to heal naturally. There may be a loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time.
How many treatments are necessary?
This depends on several factors, such as the age, density (layers of ink) and the colours of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, on average taking 1 - 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take up to 15 treatments. Treatment sessions are spaced 8 - 10 weeks apart.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally sessions are between 10 - 30 minutes.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch where the laser will cover a small area of the tattoo.
Prices from £45
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