Laser Tattoo Removal
Have you got a tattoo that’s holding you back? Whether it’s your confidence, a new relationship or maybe a job career?
Over a course of treatments I can remove or completely fade down your ink to non-existent!
Is It safe? todays technology is so advanced and has completely changed/moved forward from the older generation of laser. We now have medical grade machinery that focuses on the ink instead of heating the skin’s tissue around. I use a medical grade Q-Switched ND Yag Laser from AW3 – ALLWhiteLaser the most recognised laser company worldwide supported by Jay Huston From the T.V show Tattoo Fixers and by Dr.Alex George from Love Island. For more information about my machine click the link below.
Laser tattoo Treatment
The price of your tattoo removal is competently individual to your tattoo size and mass. This is something I would work out in your consultation however if your keen to find out a price before you book then all you need to do is send me a picture of your ink using WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram massager and I’ll be able to give you a rough quote.
I have a level 5 in Laser Tattoo Removal
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Blast your past
Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when a tattoo is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibres. Q-switched lasers produce very short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is then able to remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage.
Patch Testing Requirement’s
I will require you to have a patch test at least 4 weeks before your appointment. This will involve a detailed skin analysis, a in-depth medical report and a patch testing on all different colours of ink your tattoo might display. 4 – 6 weeks later we can analyse your skin and see if your suitable to have this advanced treatment done. (not everyone is).
Your patch test must have been completed within the previous year or we will need to repeat it. If you have had a laser treatment within the last year then we will not need to repeat a patch test as the laser treatment will have been in contact with your skin and will be sufficient at monitoring for a reaction.
If you have any changes in your medical condition, started new treatments or are pregnant then we will need to repeat a patch test or stop treatment regardless of the time since your last laser treatment. This is because your body changes and could react to the laser differently.
– Certain health problems and medication will prevent or restrict the treatment. If you are suffering with something that isn’t on this heath requirement list including any medication then please check with your G.P before making an appointment.
You need to be 18 or over to have this treatment.
If you are or have become pregnant before or during treatments we must immediately stop.
- If you are breast feeding.
- If you are receiving or have received gold treatment.
- If you have lupus.
- If you have liver disease such as Hepatitis A, B, C.
- If you have type 1 diabetes.
- If you have taking medication which is known to increase sensitivity to sunlight.
- If you have hypersensitivity to light in the near infrared wavelength region.
- If you have seizure disorders triggered by light.
- If you are known to have a history of healing problems or a history of keloid formation.
- If you have a history of skin cancer or suspicious lesions.
- If you are on medications that alter the wound-healing response may interfere with post-treatment healing and may require special precautions to be taken.
- Anticoagulants may cause excessive bleeding and interfere with post-treatment healing.
- If you have HIV.
- If you are on any blood thinning medication.
Epilepsy. (will need a doctors note)
Transplant Anti-Rejection Drugs. (will need a doctors note)
Thyroid Disease. (will need a doctors note)
Heart Disease. (will need a doctors note)
Hypertension – high blood pressure treated with medication. (will need a doctors note)
Cancer – after 12 months (will need a doctors note)
Viruses such as the flu, colds, cold sores, warts.
Bacterial infections such as impetigo, boils.
Fungal infections such as ringworm, blepharitis.
If you have severe eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, open wounds/cuts or abrasions. (Some of these are able to be worked around)
If you have used sunbeds or been in direct sunlight with in the last 30 days or you are sunburnt.
- If you have used of tanning products within four weeks of treatment, such as creams, lotions and sprays. (these may interfere with the laser treatment)
If you have had any waxing on the area with in 1 – 2 weeks of your appointment.
If you have had chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion or any resurfacing treatments with in 3 months of your appointment.
If you have been using Retain A, Renova with in the last 3 months. Or have had Isotretinoin (Accutane) or any prescription skin products with in the past 6 months.
If you have had a light based treatments like Laser or IPL etc.. with in the last 6 weeks to the area being treated.
If you have had Botox or other injectable procedures with in the past week to the area being treated.
The use of Retin-A or other retinol products with in the last 48 hours to the area being treated.
Recent operations or scar tissue. (can be worked around)
Moles, Skin Tags and Varicose Veins (this can be worked around)
Highley sensitized / irritated skin or compromised skin barriers.
Certain allergies (this can be worked around)
Have you ever experienced claustrophobia (this can be worked around)
Have a history of fainting. (this can be worked around)
Anything that can be worked around must be mentioned during the making of your appointment. If you are at all unsure of anything then please check with your G.P before making an appointment.
- If you have a history of herpes or cold sores you may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment if treating in the area that breakouts occur.
- No sun-tanning or self-tanning products for 4 weeks prior to treatment Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.
Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories, etc.)
- Eat a sugary snack 30 minutes before and be sure to have drunken plenty of water.
Notify me if you have any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment.
After Care – broken up in to sections
Application of aftercare
- Step One: Apply THIN layers of Aloe Vera Gel for 3 weeks at least 3 times a day with clean hands.
- Step Two: Apply Bio Oil for for the next 3 weeks or up until your next appointment, at least 3 days a day.
- Breathable sterile dressings can be apply to protect the area from dirt, sweat and other types of debris and to prevent scabs from getting court and pulled off. Be sure to change your dressing regularly with clean sterile hands and ensure the area has also had time each day with out the dressing on.
Things to Avoid
- Avoid steam rooms, saunas, chlorine pools and intensive exercise for one week +.
- Under no circumstances should you “pick” at blisters or scabs. These should be allowed to heal and flake away naturally. (This will prevent scaring)
- Avoid exposing the treated area from strong sunlight for 30 days or to use a sun protective cream (at least SP30) (This prevents over treating the skin’s natural melanin)
Try to keep the area clean and dry but avoid very hot baths and showers. Use warm water and pat dry – do not rub with towel.
If slight discoloured (honey coloured) oozing of the treated area then I recommend applying antiseptic cream. If after 2-3 days there is still honey coloured pus then you must visit your G.P for antibiotic treatment.
- If you become pregnant or change medication you must immediately tell me before continuing with new treatments.
- A nice warm welcome and a full consultation form to be filled out followed by a patch test of each colour your tattoo displays.
- To return back in 4 – 6 weeks for a skin examination and hopefully your first treatment.
A clean and sanitises shop with fully sanitise hands, machinery and instruments. For me to wear a mask, apron and single use medical grade disposable gloves when needed to.
personal privacy to get undressed and dressed if needed to.
To get you comfortably on the cosmetic bed or chair to start our treatment.
Photos of your tattoo to be taken before, during and after treatment. This is always shared with you for us to track your removal process.
A quick cleanse using antibacterial wipes.
To proceed with the laser process allowing time to stop and start and to continue on your pace.
Regular check in’s by me to see how your sensitivity and comfortability is doing and a stress ball to be available to use during the process.
- During the lasering process you will feel slight heat or elastic band being flick against your skin sensation.
- Your skin will possible swell, itch and have some pin point bleeding.
- After the treatment is done a full application of Aloe Vera gel will be applied followed by a breathable sterile dressing if needed.
- Once we have finished we can move to reception area and discuss aftercare, payment and your follow up appointment – if you wish to re-book.
If this is your first laser treatment you will receive a text message or phone call 3 days and 3 week later to see how your skin is getting on.
- After your laser treatment your skin will feel sensitive to touch. This will last for around 1 – 7 days.
- Your skin could possible bruise and blister.
- Your skin will start scabbing and feeling itchy for around 1 – 14 days.
- After around 14 – 21 days your skin will start to heal and appear possible white and shinny. (this is normally gone by the time of your next appointment)
- Apply numbing creams before your treatment to reduce the discomfort, especially with large tattoo’s. My favourite numbing cream is T.K.T.X – Green 40%.
- A cold compress will help reduce any swelling and take the “sting” out of the treated area.
- The more you apply your aftercare creams the better the outcome.
- Drink plenty of water, this will help the body remove the ink.
- Start to rub the aftercare creams in with pressure, this will help break down the ink. (only when the skin has stop scabbing)
- If you struggle to tolerate the sensation then apply numbing creams.
- Always plan your remove day around your lifestyle, if your a active person get your gym/work stuff down before your appointment or clients that want to relax after their treatment then plan for a weekend or a time frame when your off etc..
Most frequent questions and answers
The minimum of 6 weeks will need to be left from the time that tattoo was deposited or even longer depending on how long your skin takes to heal.
New tattoos are actually even harder to remove because the ink particles are so bonded together, this is why I sometimes recommend waiting a few months for the body to make a start on naturally breaking it down.
This has actually happened to me and I started my tattoo removal process 6 weeks after I had the tattoo done and I still received good results.
Everyone’s body’s and tattoo ink are individually different and therefore will receive results at different stages. In general client’s will all see a reduction after the first treatment and might only need around 4-8 treatments to have their desired outcome however other client might experience around 3-12 treatments and possible more.
With intervals of 6 weeks between treatments the removal process is long and needs a lot of patience.
How it feels will depend on your own pain threshold. I have also had the treatment done and can honestly say it is uncomfortable but bearable. You will be able to have a quick feel of the laser during your patch test with in your consultation and you can decide from there whether this is something you can continue with.
Overall the treatment is actually delivered quite quickly (depending on the size) and I can split up your appointment in to smaller sections if it will be more easier for you and there is always the option of wear numbing creams, my favourite is T.K.T.X – green 40% numb. You will not need this for the patch test.
Some client’s including myself have described the feeling to be similar to hot fat spitting at you when your cooking some sort of fry up, other’s have describe it to feel like a rubber band flicking against the skin. The truth is your never going to know how it feels unless you have a consultation and patch test.
There is a risk of scarring with any laser treatments, in most cases, scarring is not a significant risk for tattoo removal with the ND Yag laser. Tattoo removal has become associated with scarring because the older generation of lasers used for tattoo removal were very aggressive and carried a very high risk of scarring. The ND Yag laser does not heat the surrounding skin significantly and the risk of scarring is much reduced.
The risk of scarring is mainly associated with a genetic pre-disposition to forming scar tissue and the presence of resistant, green pigment.
This is why it is highly important to receive a patch test and to wait a minimum of 4 weeks to see how your skin has healed.
Yes, ink bleeds or blow-outs are removable.
Ink bleeds are suppose to be uncommon but still happen to a lot of client’s on a regular basis and it’s due to to the tattooist depositing the ink to deep, past the Dermis and in to the Subcutaneous layer (adipose tissue). This is done by mistake and normally occurs with tattooists who are not experienced or are using incorrect techniques.
Occasionally a client could potentially cause a ink bleed or blow-out from physical activity after having the tattoo done, this is why its important to allow the area to heal correctly.
There are different levels of ink bleeds, they can be very minor or they can look like a bruise underneath the hole tattoo. Normally you will see a ink bleed straight away as the tattooist is injecting however some ink bleeds may not be discovered until a few months later when that tattoo is completely healed and this is because the ink bleed looks like a bruise and in time your noticed your bruise will never go down or go away.
Yes, as long as the ink used is actually ink and not substitute product but I will be able to figure this our during our consultation and patch testing.
I actually remove a lot of cover-up’s and its due to the ink used to cover the original ink up has to be a lot darker and therefore the new tattoo normally comes out like a dark splodge and not a piece of art that your happy to display. Cover-up’s normally take longer to remove as there are two tattoos that need removing or fading down. I start with removing the cover up and during this process we will exposed the original ink and gradually start with that.
Home made tattoos tend to be removed a lot quicker and this is due to the person behind injecting the ink doesn’t always place it deep enough in to the dermis skin layer.
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