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

Tattoo removal in progress

Laser tattoo removal before and after half way through treatment course

How long will it take to remove your tattoo?

The number of treatments you require depends on the quality of the inks used by the tattooist and the depth at which the ink was placed in your skin.

Most tattoos take between 6 - 12 treatments to fully remove, so we recommend an inital course of 6 treatments spaced 6 - 8 weeks apart to ensure skin safety. So, for most people removing a tattoo will take 9 - 18 months.

What can you expect during treatment?

  • Immediately after treatment you will see a slight frosting on the treated area.
  • Redness, swelling and pin-point bleeding may occur. 
  • A protective dressing will be applied which should not be removed or allowed to become wet for 24 hours.
  • Blisters or scabs may develop within 8-72 hours and can last for 1-2 weeks. Blister fluid can look dark or coloured from the tattoo pigment.
  • You must not pick blisters or scabs as this can result in infection and scarring. 
  • After a week, or when your skin is blister and scab free you can useapply Bio-Oil twice daily to enahnce recovery.

Download: aftercare instructions for laser tattoo removal

What restrictions must you follow during treatment?

You should:

  • Protect the treated area with SPF50 sun protection and avoid direct sun exposure on it to reduce the chance of hyper-pigmentation (dark spots).
  • Avoid contact sports where there is a risk of causing injury to the treated area.
  • Avoid saunas, baths, hot tubs, swimming pools until any blisters or scabs have completely healed. 

What common side affects may you experience?

Temporary side effects include reddening, bruising, swelling, pin-point 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.
The risk of long term side effects is increased if you do not follow aftercare instructions and these include scarring and permanent skin discolouration. 

Why choose us?

Your treatments are carried out in a dedicated professional air-conditioned laser room with regularly serviced and tested lasers inspected by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, giving you peace of mind in safety.

Our all female experts wil reassure and calm you whilst being able to remove tattoos in the most intimate of areas.  

Tattoo Removal Pricing

  Tattoo Specification
Single Session Price
Single colour: 1 - 8 sqcm
Multi-colour: very small only
Single colour: 9 -15 sqcm
Multi-colour:  1 - 8 sqcm
Single colour: 16 - 20 sqcm
Multi-colour:  9 -15 sqcm
Single colour: > 20 sqcm
Multi-colour:  16 - 20 sqcm
TP Test Patch & Consultation £25
New patients require a test patch to check the laser is safe to use on your skin - this takes 30 mins and costs £25. You can redeem the cost of your test patch against a course when purchased on the same day.
Should you have an adverse reaction to the laser within the first 14 days after the test patch and not be able to have treatment then we will refund the course in full.


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.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

The lasers energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the ink causing tem to shatter into tiny particles. After several treatments (with regular intervals between sessions), the body breaks down these tiny ink particles and removes causing the tattoo to fade.

I want a new tattoo in the same place. How many treatments do I need to fade my old tattoo first?

A tattoo can be faded adequately to re-cover after a 2-3 sessions. Your practitioner will be able to advise how many sessions you are likely to need during your consultation. You should also get advice from your tattoo artist.

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