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Choosing the right colour

This sapphire blue works perfectly against her skin tone. By choosing the piece of jewellery that you really like will mean that you will care for your new piercing and not look to change the jewellery too soon.

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Tattoo Removal – Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the ink stay in the skin when you have a tattoo?  Your tattoo is placed into the dermis which is about 2-3mm within the skin.  A tattoo remains permanently because the body’s immune response to remove the tattoo known as Macrophages [which removes bacteria within our skin] find that the particles of ink are too large for the Macrophages to remove. Secondly an immune response to a healing wound means that collagen builds and surrounds the tattoo locking it in place.

How does a laser remove a tattoo?  When ND YAG Q switched contacts a tattoo, the laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink. This creates a photo acoustic shock wave that released the heat from the tattoo and starts to shatter it into smaller particles.  This response is known as a photo mechanical effect; the light enters the skin at a speed that is too fast to heat the tissues (billionths of a second). Your body can then recognise these particles as something that shouldn’t be there and attacks it. The particles are then carried away by the macrophages and leave the body through the lymphatic system.

Can you treat all colours?  No. Light is measured in nanometres and there are two wavelengths of light that are emitted from this laser – one is invisible infrared light (1064nm) and the other is visible green light (532nm). The infrared wavelength is absorbed by black and dark blue inks, whereas the green light is absorbed by red ink. It is possible to treat some other colours although white, yellow, green and some brighter colours are difficult. This is not usually a problem however, as lighter colours can be covered easily.

Why is it difficult to treat colours other than red and black?  The light will only see the colour ink it is attracted to as different wavelengths absorb different colours. It is not possible to produce a laser that can see all colours as some wavelengths are too shallow when absorbed to affect the ink. Some ink pigments can also contain certain levels of metals. these heavy metals can react with the laser light and carbonise in the skin, changing the colour of the ink. It is very difficult to remove the ink when this has happened. There is no guarantee that we will be able to remove your tattoo.

Does the age of my tattoo matter?  No not really.  Older tattoos can often be removed/faded easier than newer tattoos as newer tattoos contain more pigment (ink). The ease of removing a tattoo will depend on the type of ink used, the depth that the ink has been placed and the experience of the tattooist. The deeper the pigment the more difficult the tattoo is to remove. A tattoo must be fully healed before we can start laser removal, this will usually be 6+ weeks after being tattooed depending on the tattoo and how it has healed.

What are the side effects of tattoo removal?  Most people will experience either some localised redness, swelling, bruising and some minor blistering of the skin after a treatment.  Any skin irritation is temporary; lasting usually about ten days although healing can vary person to person and throughout the treatment.  As your ink fades each session should become less painful, as there is less ink for the laser to absorb. Hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin) or Hypo-pigmentation (loss of skin colour) can sometimes occur but it is usually minor and temporary, and is said to be permanent for only 1% of people who have had laser removal.  It is essential that you look after your lasered skin, do not burst any blisters or pick any scabs, this can cause scaring or infection. Your skin will be more photosensitive after laser treatment; it is very important that you keep the area covered and use a high factor sunscreen.  You should leave at least 30 days prior to going into the sun and then leave a further 30 days after exposure to the sun before commencing with your laser removal. Itching can also occur during healing.

How much will laser tattoo removal cost?  Tattoo Removal starts at £35.00 per session, and is then size dependant. There is no charge for the initial consultation and patch test. When you come for your consultation, we carry out a skin assessment, and will let you know how much each treatment will cost. Photographs are taken throughout so we can determine progress.

How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?  Unfortunately, due to the nature of this procedure, it is impossible to predict exactly how many sessions will be required. How quickly your ink fades will depend on several factors, such as the colours of your tattoo, the type of ink used, how deep the tattoo was placed, your own immune system and how your body responds to the treatment.  A healthy life style and giving up smoking can help.  Patience is the key to removal but remember in some cases it maybe impossible to completely remove a tattoo after a certain point. This is not a process that cannot be rushed.

How far apart are the treatments?  Your body needs time to remove the shattered ink pigments after each laser treatment. Therefore, we will typically schedule each treatment a minimum of 6-8 weeks apart.  This can also depend on you own healing ability, your physique, age, skin type and body immunity etc.  Sometimes during the treatment, we will advise a longer gap.  Don’t forget the 30-day rule if you are planning some sunshine or use of a sunbed.

What will my skin look like during and after each treatment?  Your skin will most likely be red around the tattoo and have some minor localised swelling and will feel like it has mild sunburn. This typically goes away after a couple of hours.  White gas bubbles may appear on the tattoo, this means that the heat has been released from the shattered ink particles, but this is likely to becomes less noticeable as your tattoo fades.  You may also experience some bruising. At times and with certain inks, there may be mild blistering that usually heals in about a week. Do Notburst any blisters or pick any scabs.   Sometimes fading can sometimes be seen immediately, and other people see their tattoo start to fade over couple of weeks.

Will the laser tattoo removal hurt?  The best explanation is that laser removal feels either like a rubber band snapping quickly on your skin or hot fat jumping out of a pan during cooking.  Numbing cream can help to reduce the discomfort slightly.  The process is very quick; it is much quicker than when having a tattoo.

Does tattoo removal leave scars?  There is always a risk with any laser or procedure on your skin for scarring, you need to consider this before starting removal as we are unable to predict whether yours will result in scaring or loss of skin pigment.  Laser technology has improved and because the ND Yag laser does not heat the surrounding skin this has greatly reduced the risk of scarring. Those with scarring disorders, such as keloids, there will be an increased risk of scarring.  It is important that you care for your skin properly after each treatment.

How soon after removal can I have a new tattoo applied?  We recommend leaving at least 8+ weeks from your last treatment before having a new tattoo.

Who can have Laser Tattoo Removal?  Due to some medical conditions, not everyone can have laser removal, especially those with any immunity disorders. Many prescription drugs and herbal remedies can cause increased Photosensitivity, meaning that the skin becomes more sensitive to light.  If you are not sure seek advice from your GP.

What areas of my body can have Laser Tattoo Removal treatment?  We will not use a laser to remove tattoos from faces or genital areas.  Removing tattoos from hands and fingers are notoriously difficult and will require numerous sessions.

Tattoos are meant to last so please remember that we cannot guarantee that we can remove all tattoos.

 

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