Laser Tattoo removal

Life is too short for regrets. If you regret having a particular tattoo – perhaps because it features the name of a now ex-partner or because the design no longer appeals to your tastes – then we are able to help. Laser tattoo removal is a popular technique that, in most cases, we can use to fade or even remove your tattoos or permanent make-up, breaking down the ink and making the tattoo a distant memory.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser treatment is one of the most popular and effective techniques for fading and removing unwanted tattoos, although the results depend on the type of tattoo and the colour of the ink.

Here at The Private Skin Laser Clinic, we use a Q-switched Ng:YAG laser. This has two separate wavelengths, which lets us treat different coloured inks. The bright light emitted by the laser heats up your tattoo ink so that it breaks down and eventually fades. This can be a slow process and you will probably need a number of treatments.

Can laser treatment help me?

In our experience, black ink absorbs all the laser light and therefore fades more than any other colour. Some coloured inks are highly resistant to laser treatment – in particular, tattoos in green ink. If you have an amateur Indian ink tattoo, it will probably respond well to treatment, whereas multi-coloured professional tattoos are less likely to disappear altogether.

We would always recommend that you book an initial consultation as we will be able to examine the tattoo in detail and give you an honest, realistic assessment of how it will respond to laser treatment.

Why come to the Private Skin Laser Clinic for laser tattoo removal?

We have been using lasers to fade and remove tattoos since 1995, which means that your treatment will be underpinned by more than 20 years’ experience. Your laser tattoo removal will be overseen by a doctor or consultant Dermatologist with a great deal of professional insight into how lasers can be used to deliver the best possible outcome in your individual case. The fact that we are based in an established NHS hospital gives added peace of mind.

Laser tattoo removal frequently asked questions

If you have a tattoo that’s affecting your employment opportunities, reminds you of an ex, or you have come to regret for any reason, then laser tattoo removal can offer a solution. For many people, it is the treatment of choice when compared to dermabrasion or even surgery. You can find out more about the treatment below:

Treatment Prices
Small Area from £80
Larger Area from £130

FAQs

  • How does the laser work?

    The laser uses a powerful light beam to damage the ink under the skin. There is no cutting of the skin.

    The tattoo ink soaks up the beam’s energy and gets extremely hot for a fraction of a second. This is enough to break up the ink, causing it to fade slowly. Over the next few weeks, the body can clear these small particles of ink. When these are out of the way, the laser beam can shine down to the next layer of ink. Allow at least a month between treatments.

  • What is involved in laser tattoo removal?

    The laser fires in rapid bursts, which feel a bit like the spatter of hot fat from a frying pan. It is uncomfortable, like having the tattoo put on. You may choose to use an anaesthetic cream on the skin one hour before the treatment. This is called Ametop and is available without prescription.

    The tattoo will feel hot for a while afterwards, and it will probably be red and swollen for the rest of the day. Very dark, or large professional tattoos, will remain tender and swollen for a few days. Occasionally this is followed by a scab or crust. The tattoo will not look a lot different, but over the next few weeks it will fade a little. This may not be obvious until you return to compare it with the photographs.

    The laser light can seriously damage eyes, so everyone in the laser suite will have to wear protective goggles. This is an important safety precaution. You risk blindness by attempting to view the treatment without goggles; this also applies to anyone you ask to accompany you during treatment.

  • What are the unwanted effects of laser tattoo removal?

    Scarring is unlikely but can occur.

    If it does occur it is usually in the form of some change in texture of the skin. This is more likely if you pick any scabs. There can also be some loss of natural skin pigment in the treated area, which usually improves with time. The chances of it happening can be reduced by keeping the area as pale as possible throughout the course of treatment.

    Not all tattoo inks respond and certain colours can get worse. Heavy professional tattoos in particular may not completely go, with some colour remaining and the rest left very faint. Modern coloured inks are pigment based and made of potentially toxic chemicals; the consequences of treating these with laser light are unknown.

  • What do I need to know about tattoo removal aftercare?

    A sun tan gets in the way of the laser light, so avoid the sun, or use a strong sun block, before and during treatment. Keep the area to be treated as pale as possible.

    Be gentle with the treated area until it has settled down so as to minimise the risk of scars. It should not need a dressing as long as you can avoid picking and scratching.

    If blisters form, they should be left to resolve naturally; you may have to protect them with a dressing.

    If the treated area does not improve from day to day, then contact the clinic for further advice by calling on 020 7435 7521.

  • How much does tattoo laser removal cost?

    Costs depend on the size and type of tattoo.

    As a rough guide, a small one-inch tattoo costs £80 for each treatment. The whole tattoo is treated at each visit and the treatment is repeated every one to two months. Many treatments maybe required.

    A larger forearm tattoo might cost £130 per session for the first eight treatments. Some coloured inks will not fade, even with multiple sessions.

    Cosmetic tattoos are more complex, and can be made worse by laser treatment. An assessment by a consultant dermatologist is required. This costs £200.

  • Is laser tattoo removal for me?

    If, having read the information above, you believe that laser tattoo removal may be an option for you, then call 020 7435 7521 to arrange a consultation.