Laser Tattoo Removal at Body TLC
Finally you can say goodbye to tattoo regrets using the latest and most advanced Laser technology!
How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
The Laser energy reacts with the ink in your, causing it to fragment into tiny particles. These particles are taken up by the scavenger cells in your body and are flushed though your natural lymphatic system. The result is a progressive vanishing of the tattoo.
Is Laser Tattoo Removal Painful?
Pain felt during Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments varies tremendously across our client base. The intesnity of pain is brief as the laser is delivered quickly. Some describe it as similar to when hot fat spits from a frying pan and others recall it to feel like getting a tattoo but warmer.
After treatment, the tattoo and surrounding area will feel warm and will appear to radiate heat (similar to strong sun burn) however this doesn't last more than 3 days.
How Many Treatments are Required?
In a majority of cases complete removal is achieved in between 5-15 sessions spaced 4-8 weeks apart. The number of tattoo removal treatments required varies depending on a number of factors including:
Age of the Tattoo - Tattoos newer than 6 months or older than 20 years are easier to remove as collagen has not yet bound to the ink or has begun to break down.
Colour of the Tattoo- Richer tones for example black, blue, red or deep orange absorb the Laser energy well and therefore fade more quickly as the ink is fragmented and removed from the body. On the other hand, brighter colours such as white, green and yellow may not fully be removed; occasionally residual ink may linger.
Quality and Depth of the Ink- Homemade or Amateur tattoos use poor quality ink and sit close to the surface of the skin and therefore are easier to treat. Professional tattoos on the other hand use quality ink and have a tendency to be deeper in the skin so more treatments are required to remove the tattoo.
Your own ability to heal - Your Lymphatic System plays a large role in Laser Tattoo Removal as it seperates the colours of ink and removes fragmented particles from your body.
Treatments are spaced 4-8 weeks apart to allow your body to ingest the fragmented ink particles. Prior to your next appointment, the tattoo must be fully healed and your skin back to its nomal moisture levels.
What happens after Laser Tattoo Removal?
Instantly after your treatment, the ink will appear to disappear or whiten as it reacts with the laser however it will show again after 5-15 minutes. The white dots (or frosting) that appears immediately is not blistering, a common mis-conception, but rather oxygen bubbles that were released as the ink in your tattoo fragmented and were pushed to the surface.
Redness or erythema in the region is totally typical and dies down in less than 3 days. A scab and/ or blister will most likely form in the following 48 hours, it is vital that you do not deliberately pop or pick these as this increases the risk of scarring. Furthermore, SPF30 or more is required to be applied to the area as Laser Treatment makes your skin temporarily more sensitive to the sun. The aftercare explained and given to you at your treatments must be followed to avoid infection and scarring.
How much does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?
Laser Tattoo Removal is priced depending on the surface area of ink that you are wishing to be removed. A guide to our pricing can be found on our 'Price List' tab however an exact quote will be given at your inital consultation.
We offer a 10% discount for those having 2 tattoos treated in one occasion.
Laser Patch Tests are a requirement and are priced at £10, this cost is deducted from your first full treatment however so is effectively free. Patch tests can be waivered at your own risk however your therapist will insisit on a 20 minute allergy test wait time.
How to prepare for Laser Tattoo Removal.
At your consultation, your therapist will discuss the full treatment process, check your suitablity for treatment and take 'BEFORE' photos. A patch test is also performed at three different energy levels. A 20 minute wait is then required to check for any allergic reaction; this is very rare however a crucial step. Following your patch test, a full treatment can be booked for 7-14 days time.
Before any Laser Tattoo Removal appointment, please shave any long hairs from the treatment area.