Laser Tattoo Removal

Your tattoo doesn't have to be for life. Whatever your reason for wanting to remove it - we can help.
We can treat black, blue, red and green ink tattoos using our Candela Q-switched AlexTriVantage laser. Unlike salon systems which can only reduce tattoos our medical laser is powerful enough to remove them. 

How painful is laser tattoo removal?

It is no more painful than having the tattoo in the first place. Any discomfort comes from the build up of heat in your skin during a long procedure, so we have an iCool system which you can use to blast cold air on to your tattoo during your treatment to improve your comfort.

How long does it take to remove a tattoo?

The number of treatments required depends on the size of your tattoo, the quality of the inks used by the tattooist and the depth at which he placed the ink in your skin. Most tattoos take between 8-12 treatments, but some can take longer.

Can you guarantee to remove my tattoo?

Nobody can make such a guarantee, because so much depends on the quality of the inks used in your tattoo. Tattoo cover-ups can be more difficult due to a mixture of inks. However, our Q-switched AlexTriVantage medical laser is recognised as one of the world's most efficient and can remove tattoos unlike many salon or tattoo parlour systems which can only fade tattoos.

Can you treat all ink colours?

Unlike many other solutions our laser effectively removes black, blue, red and green ink which means we can treat most tattoos. Most other systems cannot treat red or green ink.

What can you expect after each treatment?

  • Immediately afterwards there should be a slight frosting on your skin. Redness, swelling and pinpoint bleeding may also occur. 
  • A dressing will be applied which should not be removed or allowed to become wet for 24 hours.
  • Blisters, crusts or scabs may develop within 8-72 hours and can last for 1-2 weeks. Blister fluid can look dark or coloured, but this is due to the tattoo pigment and is nothing to worry about.
  • Do not pick blisters or scabs as this can result in infection and scarring. Any blistered area should be gently cleansed twice daily with warm water and mild soap and then patted dry. Vaseline can be applied to the area to prevent the risk of infection.
  • Avoid contact sports which risk causing injury to the treated area.
  • Avoid baths, hot tubs, swimming pools until any blisters or scabs have completely healed.  When having a shower avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area.
  • After 7 days (provided your skin is blister free) you can use Bio-Oil twice daily to reduce the risk of scarring.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure to the treatment area to reduce the chance of hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) and always use sun block SPF 50 throughout the course of your treatment.

Download: aftercare instructions for laser tattoo removal


Tattoo removal before and after photos

Finished results

Laser tattoo removal before and after

The tattoos below require another 4 treatments over 6 months

Laser tattoo removal before and after half way through treatment course

What personal restrictions apply during the course?

Multiple treatments will be required to remove your tattoo. During your course of treatments it is essential that you avoid direct sun exposure on the treated tattoo and for 1 month after your final treatment. This includes sunbathing and tanning salons.  In addition when the treated area is not covered by clothing you must protect the skin with sunscreen SPF50.

For your safety we cannot treat tanned skin (this includes the use of self-tanning products).  Should you turn up to a laser appointment with tanned skin we will not treat you for safety reasons, but you will still be charged.

What risks are associated with the treatment?

Common temporary side effects include reddening, bruising, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, blistering, crusting, hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin). By following your aftercare instructions these temporary side effects will resolve in 1-2 weeks.
Rare side effects include scarring and permanent skin discolouration. The risk of rare side effects is increased if you do not follow aftercare instructions scratch / pick blisters or expose the treated area to direct sunlight during recovery periods. 

How much does it cost?

New patients require a consultation and patch test to ensure that the treatment is safe and appropriate - this takes 30 mins and costs £25. At your consultation you will be given a quote which is based on the size and complexity of colours in your tattoo - a rough guide for a course of 8 treatments is:
  • Size up to 4 x 4 cm, Colours simple ~ £483 / complex ~ £903
  • Size up to 16 x 8 cm, Colours simple ~ £903 / complex ~ £1,393
  • Size up to 22 x 16 cm, Colours simple ~ £1,393 / complex  ~ £1,813

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Chris on laser tattoo removal

Experience has been excellent. Treatments was explained clearly and I was put at ease with any worries I had. I would highly recommend Derna.

laser tatto removal before and after



How do I find out if this treatment is suitable for me?
Arrange a 30 minute consultation with our team - who will examine your concern, check your medical history and then recommend an appropriate treatment plan whilst explaining the cost and any associated risks.
All consultations are conducted by doctors, nurses and laser aestheticians and cost £25, so you will never be seen or pressurised by sales staff - as we do not employ them.
Call 0131 226 9610 to book your consultation or click here to request a call back.
How to do I check that Face & Body is a safe and professional treatment provider?

Face & Body is annually inspected by Healthcare Improvement Scotland who regulate independent hospitals, hospices and clinics in Scotland. The inspections examine our team, treatments and clinical environment, so that you have the invaluable assurance that you are in safe hands that use safe products in a safe environment.

We are also accredited with Save Face who independently check and verify patient feedback, which they publish on their website, so you can read exactly what past patients feel about our service.


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