Laser Tattoo Removal

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

Tattoo removal before and after photos

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

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 to fully remove - we recommend an inital course of 8 treatments.To reduce the risk of skin complications we space each treatment 6-8 weeks apart. So for most people removing a tattoo will take 12 -18 months.

What restrictions apply during treatment?

Multiple treatments are required to remove your tattoo. During your course of treatments it is essential that you avoid direct sun exposure to the treated tattoo and for 1 month after your final treatment. This includes sunbathing and tanning salons.  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. 

What risks are associated with 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. 

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

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 8 Mono £ 8 Mixed Colour £
Large 1393 1813
Medium 903 1393
Small 483 903




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 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.

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 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. We are a laser service provide to NHS Lothian and therfore can offer you the very best chance of removing your tattoo safely.

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