Laser Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using lasers that break down the ink particles in the tattoo. The broken-down ink is then absorbed by the body, mimicking the natural fading that time or sun exposure would create.

All tattoo pigments have specific light absorption spectra. A tattoo laser must be capable of emitting adequate energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment to provide an effective treatment. Certain tattoo pigments, such as yellows, greens and fluorescent inks are more challenging to treat than darker blacks and blues, because they have absorption spectra that fall outside or on the edge of the emission spectra available in the tattoo removal laser.

The Biocare-ink Precision delivers effective removal of dark and coloured tattoo inks with advanced Q-Switched laser. An adjustable focusing lens and laser aiming beam makes precision targeting and removal of unwanted tattoos quick and simple.

Over a course of treatments, the unwanted tattoo fades and disappears as the ink particles are broken down into fragments that the body can remove.

Prices

From £30 per treatment depending on size & ink characteristics.
Patch test £25 which is redeemable against your 1st treatment.

Tattoo Removal Package plan available (course of 6 available at a discount).
It usually takes several treatment sessions to ensure success, with minimum 6 week intervals between sessions.

Patients undergo an initial consultation before treatment. During the consultation the treatment process will be explained and the tattoo to be removed examined and gather some medical history details.

We will also answer any questions you may have regarding the process, and inform you of the likely number of treatments and costs to achieve optimum results. If you wish to proceed, you will be asked to sign a consent form and to undergo a patch test.

The patch test will cost £25 which is then deductible from your treatment cost. Tattoo removal package courses available at a discount.

Laser Tattoo Removal FAQ’s

How does tattoo removal work ?

We use a medical grade Q-Switch laser for tattoo removal. Tattoos are usually injected into the skin, and lie in the dermis, about 0.5 to 2.5mm below the surface. Because the tattoo ink becomes encapsulated in the collagen in your skin, the body’s natural defences are unable to remove it.

Q-Switch laser tattoo removal treatment breaks up the collagen and the ink, so that the body’s defence system is able to attack and remove the tattoo. Dermatologists acknowledge using an Active Q-Switch laser to remove unwanted multi-coloured tattoos as the ‘gold standard’ treatment – its efficiency and safety have been proved in numerous clinical trials, and outcomes are reliable with minimum risk of scarring.

What preparations do I need ?

Patients must make sure that they do not have a suntan or are wearing fake tan on the area to be treated.

Is laser tattoo removal painful ?

Most patients find laser tattoo removal treatment perfectly tolerable, likening it to hot pinpricks but everyone has an indvidual discomfort or pain freshold.

What is the recovery time and aftercare procedure?

The recovery and aftercare process will be explained during treatment. But as a general guideline, for the first three days following laser tattoo removal treatment, patients are advised to drink lots of water. During this initial period, the treated area may appear whitened or red, tender and slightly swollen.

Occasionally the skin may also form some slight grazing. In very few cases, the skin tone may lighten or darken, or slight blistering may occur. To protect against infection, the treated area should be covered by a dressing if any bleeding occurs. For the first two weeks following treatment (the drying out period) the skin must be allowed to heal naturally.

The tattoo will gradually fade as the defence system of the body works on it. Following which the next laser tattoo removal treatment will be due or the overall course will come to an end.

Over the long term, there is rarely any change in texture or scarring, although this is possible, particularly in cases where grazes and scabs are not left alone to heal. The treated area may also lose some of its natural ability to tan, but this normally returns in time.

How many sessions are required ?

The number of sessions needed to remove tattoos depends on the age, colour and density of the tattoo. Typically, professional tattoos can be removed in between six and eight treatments, and amateur tattoos in between one and six treatments. Those planning to replace their tattoo with another may only require a few treatments.

Note that individual treatment times vary depending on a variety of factors and treatments are usually booked six to ten weeks apart.