Are you bored with your tattoo? Maybe you’re wishing you hadn’t made such a lasting mark on your body. But how easy is it to get a tattoo removed, and how do you go about it? Though it may sound simple, several factors come into play when considering removing a tattoo. Removal creams can fail to take off the whole tattoo, whilst other methods involving incisions or burning can cause pain or scarring.
LASER TREATMENTS FOR TATTOO REMOVAL
The tattoo is targeted by the laser, which emits a beam of light directly to the ink. The laser light is delivered in nanoseconds meaning that a Q-Switched laser tattoo removal machine will literally shatter the pigment in the skin, breaking it up into small particles which are then removed by the body’s immune system so the tattoo gradually disappears.
HOW WILL I FEEL DURING TREATMENT?
Apart from a mild pricking sensation, most people do not experience any high level of discomfort during the procedure. Local anaesthetic cream can be used and/or pain relief, such as paracetamol, can be taken to ease discomfort if needed.
IS IT THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR ME?
Laser tattoo removal may not be suitable if you are a darker skin type; this is due to the potential of the area leaving a ‘ghosting’ effect. This is where the skin is lighter than the surrounding area. Your practitioner will assess suitability in your consultation.
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?
You will need treatment minimum every four weeks and a course of 6-10 treatments is often enough to remove the tattoo depending on the colour and depth of the tattoo ink.
|Very minor (1-3 cm x 1-3 cm)||£60|
|Minor (4-8cm x 4-8 cm)||£100|
|Intermediate (9-15 cm x 9-15 cm)||£125|
|Major (16-20 cm x 16-20 cm)||£200|