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    What is laser tattoo removal?

    Laser tattoo removal is an effective solution for the permanent removal of unwanted tattoos.

    We use the Harmony XL Laser with 1064 and 532 laser hand pieces to treat the tattoo. The laser handheld device emits powerful pulses of energy to the unwanted tattoo shattering the tattoo ink into tiny fragments. The body’s immune system gradually absorbs the fragmented pigments after several sessions resulting in the tattoo’s appearance fading.

    The number of treatments required depends on the size of tattoo, the ink used, skin type, the quality of tattoo and the age of the tattoo.

    What are the benefits of laser tattoo removal?

    Laser tattoo removal is the most effective treatment for removing unwanted tattoos.

    Our experienced medical aestheticians are trained in safe and effective laser tattoo removal with the aim of achieving the best possible results.

    After just a single treatment, you should begin to notice a visible reduction in your tattoo. Several sessions may be needed to reach optimal results.

    For best results we recommend 4-10 treatments taken 6-8 weeks apart. Some colours may require more treatments including aqua blue, metallic colours and fluorescent colours. Maintenance treatments may be required.

    Although there is no guarantee that the treatment sessions will completely remove the tattoo from the skin, many patients show minimal visible remnants of the tattoo after their treatments.

    What is involved in laser tattoo removal?

    All patients require a consultation and patch test even if they have had laser tattoo removal previously at another clinic. During the consultation one of our experienced Medical Aestheticians will review your medical history and assess your suitability for treatment with a test patch. The Medical Aesthetician will advise a treatment plan including the expected number of treatments and duration between treatments. You can then safely undergo the Harmony XLi Laser Tattoo Removal anywhere on your body except eye-lids and lips.

    Prior to the treatment you will be asked to avoid direct sun exposure to the area, sun beds and not to apply tanning preparations to the area. If you have dark hairs on the tattoo you should shave them prior to treatment.

    During the treatment your skin will be cleaned and you will be asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes. The technician will treat the area with the laser.

    The laser will produce small ash/white coloured spots on the tattoo pigment, these will fade and the tattoo will look normal again.

    Treatment sessions last between 30 minutes to one hour depending on the size tattoo being treated.

    For optimum results we recommend 4-10 treatments taken 6-8 weeks apart. Some colours may require more treatments including aqua blue, metallic colours and florescent colours. Maintenance treatments may be required.

    What are the risks or potential side-effects of laser tattoo removal?

    Immediately after treatment your skin will be red for up to 48 hours but you can go back to your daily activities almost immediately.

    Laser tattoo removal is not suitable for the following people:

    • Pregnant women
    • Patients on photosensitive medication or Isotretinoin / roaccutane (previous 6 months)
    • Patient suffering from lupus, cancer, epilepsy, melasma, vitiligo or Diabetes type 1
    • Psoriasis or eczema or keloid scars on the treatment area
    • If you are taking certain anti-coagulant medications

    Immediately after the treatment your skin will be red for up to 48 hours and the area may swell, bruise or superficially flake. Some patients may experience minor blistering for up to 7 days post treatment and some scabbing which should subside within a few days. The tattoo area will swell making the tattoo look raised. There may be some small blood spots.

    Skin may appear red or sunburned for a few weeks. Patients may experience temporary, or in some cases, permanent pigment changes with skin becoming lighter or darker.

    What aftercare is required for laser tattoo removal?

    The following aftercare is recommended to improve the treatment results and to minimise side-effects from the treatment.

    • Keep the treated area clean and dry
    • If there is any discomfort apply an ice pack or cool clean cloth to sooth the area
    • The aesthetician may provide a dressing after the treatment and will give advice as to how long to keep this on the area
    • Make sure clothes are not rubbing the treated area
    • Do not expose the treated area to heat such as hot baths after treatment
    • Swimming should be avoided until the area is fully healed
    • Do not scratch the skin treated, if scabs form these must not be picked, or secondary infection is possible.
    • Do not expose the treated area to direct sun exposure or sun beds. If going out in the sun cover the area with a sterile dressing
    • Do not use occlusive dressings or creams on the area

    What is the cost of laser tattoo removal?

    The cost of laser tattoo removal starts from £75 per treatment depending on the size and colours in the tattoo, and whether an outline tattoo or block colour. Courses are available at a discount when paid for in advance.

    Laser Tattoo Removal

    Harmony XL - Nd:YAG / Q-switch
    Schedule of 4-8 treatments, once every 6-8 weeks. Prices below are for border tattoo's. Coloured block tattoo's will cost more. Some coloured tattoo's may require more treatments
    Medical Aesthetician consultation and patch test: £30
    Size1 Treatment4 Treatments (Save 15%)6 Treatments (Save 20%)8 Treatments (Save 25%)
    Small (1-3 x 1-3cm)£75£255£360£450
    Medium (4-8 x 4-8cm)£100£340£480£600
    Large (9-15 x 9-15cm)£175£595£840£1,050
    Extra large (16-20 x 16-20cm)£280£952£1,344£1,680

    Case study of laser tattoo removal

    Laser tattoo removal results achieved on an X gender patient of Y age, after 10 treatments every 6 weeks

    before and after laser tattoo removal

    Here is a patient who has been treated with 6 laser tattoo removal sessions.



    Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?

    Laser tattoo removal isn’t painful but it does depend on the individual and there is a certain amount of discomfort and irritation to the area being treated.

    Can I Have The Procedure Done On The Day Of Consultation?

    No. All patients need to have a patch test prior to commencing treatment. Your first treatment can be 7 days after your patch test.

    Does laser tattoo removal work on any skin tone including dark skin tones?

    Yes but more treatments may be necessary than for lighter skin types.

    Is it possible to completely remove any type of tattoo?

    Depending on the age of the tattoo, the ink used, skin type, the quality of tattoo and the age of the tattoo it may not be possible to completely remove a tattoo. However most people report good results and the aesthetician will be able to advise at your consultation how effective the treatment should be for your individual tattoo(s).

    How many laser tattoo removal sessions are required to remove a tattoo?

    We recommend 4-10 treatments taken 6-8 weeks apart. Some colours may require more treatments including aqua blue, metallic colours and fluorescent colours. Further treatments may be required.

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