Tattoo Laser Removal FAQs

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We strive to answer all the fundamental questions that anyone having a tattoo laser removal treatment would be wanting to ask.  However, sometimes, it’s the case that you have a questions that we haven’t answered.  If you do, please call us, today, on 0161 839 0606 – we’d be happy to help!

 

 

How does tattoo laser removal work?

Our laser will deliver short bursts, of high-energy laser at your tattoo.  This laser, absorbed by the tattoo, breaks apart the particles holding it together making them smaller – allowing your own body to get rid of the remaining ink using your immune system.  After a couple of treatments and continued help from your body the tattoo fades to nothing.

 

How will the treatment work?

Before applying the laser, your skin is sanitised to ensure clean contact and optimal results.  Whilst wearing protective eyewear, the laser is set on to the tattoo during which clicking-type noises can be heard as the tattoo particles under your skin begin to break apart.  There are certain post-treatment procedures to adhere to which will be discussed in our studio.  A soothing lotion or light dressing is not an uncommon occurrence after the laser treatment.

 

How much will it cost?

As part of your consultation process, we will talk at length with you about your aspirations for your tattoo laser removal to ascertain a prediction on the number of treatments you will require.  Please note that tattoo shape, size and colour can all impact on overall removal time.

 

How does laser removal feel?

The feeling of a laser removal can, on occasion, be deemed a little uncomfortable – but overall – nothing to worry about.  The sensation of laser removal is likened to that of a small pin prick or flick of an elastic band against your skin.  Nothing that can’t be tolerated, although, we do offer skin cooling products to lessen the discomfort should you feel you need it.

 

How will it look when you’re finished?

Immediately after, skin can often be seen as more white in shade – though this normally fades not long afterward.  ‘Tender to touch’ for a few hours after is often the more common way it’s put; whilst any minor swelling can be with you for up to 48 hours.  Some tattoos may leave a graze on your skin, which we imperatively say, must be left to heal of it’s own accord.  Initially your tattoo probably won’t look much different, but after one to two months, and maybe another session, you will notice the gradual fading out of your tattoo.

 

Are there any known side effects?

This is very unusual, very rare in our industry.  Side effects you may notice is a change in skin tone on the tattoo area or a change to skin texture.  Occasionally very tiny blisters may appear on the treated area and scarring may occur if you do not leave these, or grazes, to heal naturally of their own accord.  In the short term, we also advice the pigmentation in the skin can be reduced thus affecting your ability to tan.

 

How many laser removal sessions will I need?

The removal process is completely down to your original tattoo – there are several factor which will impact on the time needed and sessions required.  How old is the tattoo?  Where was the tattoo done?  What colour inks are used within your tattoo?  Who produced the tattoo?  What type of ink was used?  Having the knowledge to answer any of these questions will help provide a more accurate estimate.  We say a professionally produced tattoo can take, potentially, six weeks.

 

How long is each laser removal session?

Sessions are relatively short in time, lasting usually between ten and twenty minutes.

 

How will you know this is the best treatment for me?

Before we undertake any laser removal treatments we invite you to our studio for a consultation to discuss questions relating to you, your tattoo and your medical history in order for our trained experts to interpret all this information to be one hundred precent certain that this is the treatment for you.

We also conduct patch testing, which will ensure that your body doesn’t have any adverse reactions to our laser removal equipment.  This takes place no later than 48 hours prior to any treatment.