Safe & Effective Tattoo Removal

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Answers to laser tattoo removal's top 3 frequently asked questions: Will it hurt? Will it scar? How many treatments are needed? 1

When you decide to remove a tattoo, I recognize the emotional intensity behind that decision. Because of this, I offer a removal experience you won’t find elsewhere — one that prioritizes you as an individual, your wishes, and your goals.

Providing laser tattoo removal treatments is one of my favourite services at Face & Body, because I enjoy seeing the difference it makes to my clients as we both go on the amazing journey of removing the tattoo to start a new chapter. You can read an excellent article written in ION-magazine which talks about just such a journey for one of my patients.

Top three questions

The three most frequently asked questions I get are:

Will it hurt?

The simple answer is it will be as an uncomfortable as having the tattoo done in the first place, but the accurate answer is that it does depend on your own personal pain threshold. How much discomfort you experience will also depend on the tattoo location, as removing tattoos on the arms or legs is often more comfortable than removing them from the neck or face where the skin is thinner.

I believe that tattoo removal should be as painless as is possible - I use a special cooling device to reduce the heat intensity caused by the laser in the skin and so improve client comfort.

For small to medium tattoos I can also apply a local anaesthetic cream before the treatment to reduce the initial discomfort, but for larger tattoos this usually proves impractical or the benefits wear off too quickly.

What is important is to understand that I will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your pain threshold whilst taking great care and attention in making the treatment as comfortable as is possible.

Will it scar?

I and my fellow laser therapists at Face & Body are professionally trained in using the laser machines and are extremely experienced. Our number one priority is to protect your skin, which is why you will have a test patch at your consultation to determine the precise energy level and pulse variation to effectively and safely remove your tattoo with no scarring. In addition we use a Q-switch Candela ATV laser, as used by the NHS, which has a strong safety record and allows us to fire shorter pulses of energy to break up the ink particles.

We will ensure that your treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart to allow your skin to recover, and so minimise the risk of permanent skin discolouration.

How many treatments will I need?

This can be difficult to determine as it depends on a number of factors:

  • How long the tattoo has been there.
  • The quality and composition of the ink that has been used.
  • The depth the ink has been placed in your skin.
  • Your skin type and how it reacts to the laser.
  • Whether the tattoo was done by a professional or an amateur.

I use a Q-switch Candela ATV which has specific laser wavelengths to treat black, blue, red and green inks which means we can treat almost all tattoos. Many competitors can only treat black and blue inks. In addition they cannot treat tattoos where the artist has mixed inks to achieve a "blacker black".

Typically I find, for the majority of clients, the number of treatments varies between 6 to 12 - but for a few, where the tattoo artist has used a specialised ink composition, more than 12 can be needed. So, removing a tattoo typically takes between 12-18 months.

What to consider when having treatment

It is important that the area being treated is free from hair and does not have a suntan which would increase the risk of scarring. Aftercare procedures are fully explained on our the tattoo removal treatment page and when followed ensure that the risk of complications is minimal.

If you are ready for a new chapter in your life and want to remove a tattoo then arrange a consultation with me and I will go through every detail.



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