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Laser Tattoo Removal at Body TLC

Finally you can say goodbye to tattoo regrets using the latest and most advanced Laser technology! We offer TWO different Lasers to ensure we suit every need. The Q Switch Laser and the Picosure Laser.

Tattoo Removal

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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.

At Body TLC we love our Lasers!
With the correct care laser treatment can fully remove pigment and restore skin back to a healthy natural - pre tattoo look.

We have two laser options, as over time new lasers have taken over. The most powerful of which is now the Picosure Laser for Tattoo Removal. As not all our clients are financially fortunate we like to offer both the Pico Laser and our prior Q Switch laser - which still delivers results, though progress can be expected to be slower than the Picosure.

There are also some occasions when we know that the use of Lasers in that area may not be ideal - Therefore we are also trained in the delivery of Saline to remove pigment if the laser is not a suitable choice.

At your free consultation your therapist can describe the best options for you.

Q Switch Laser V Picosure Laser

  • The Q Switch Laser used thermal energy to heat the tattoo and the surrounding area, which shatters the ink.

  • The Picosure Laser uses Pressure waves to shatter the ink within the skin, without effecting the surrounding area. 

  • The Q Switch laser pulses at a nanosecond ( = 1 billionth of a second).

  • The Picosure Laser pulses at a 'picosecond' ( = 1000 nanoseconds), this should relate to a slightly less painful experience.

  • The Q Switch Laser shatters the ink into tiny particles for the body's lymphatic system to remove.

  • The Picosure Laser shatters the ink in to dust particles for the body's lymphatic system to remove, this is therefore easier to filter and should result in a faster fade.

  • The Q Switch Laser can only treat certain skin colours due to the risk of discolouration.

  • The Picosure Laser has less chance of causing discolouration to the skin due to the speed it works at.

  • The Picosure Laser has a faster healing time following treatment than the Q Switch Laser.

  • The Picosure Laser is a stronger Laser, this means that in many cases less sessions are required. 

  • The Picosure Laser can remove stubborn blue and green inks with more ease.

Laser Tattoo Removal at Body TLC
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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.

Laser Tattoo Removal at Body TLC

 

How Does Saline Removal Work?​


The saline is 'tattoo'd' in to the skin over the visual pigment. A reaction occurs as the Saline floods the cells, using the body's water content to help lift the colour out the skin. These particles are brought up to the surface and forms part of a scab.

The result is a progressive vanishing of the tattoo over several sessions. Typically ideal for areas of hair we do not want to disturb with a laser.

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Is Removal Painful?

Pain felt during Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments varies tremendously across our client base. The intensity 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.

Saline Treatment feels similar to the original tattoo and can be used with topical numbing cream. Post treatment is may sting for a few minutes, typically though most find this very tolerable by comparison.

BEFORE & AFTER SALINE REMOVAL OF PMU BROWS

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BEFORE & AFTER SALINE REMOVAL OF PMU LIPS

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How Many Treatments are Required?

 

In a majority of cases complete removal is achieved in between 5-15 laser 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 separates 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 normal moisture levels. 

The number of Saline sessions vary depending on the volume and depth of pigment.

Q SWITCH BEFORE AND AFTER

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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. 

Q SWITCH BEFORE AND AFTER

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Q SWITCH BEFORE AND AFTER

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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, and the type of laser opted for. A guide to our pricing can be found on our 'Price List' tab however an exact quote will be given at your initial consultation.
 
We offer a 10% discount for those having 2 tattoos treated at one appointment. 
Picosure is more costly than Q Switch though you can expect less overall sessions to be required due to the advancement in Picosure technology 

 
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 wavered at your own risk however your therapist will insist on a 20 minute allergy test wait time. 

Q SWITCH BEFORE AND AFTER

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PICOSURE BEFORE AND AFTER

Laser Tattoo Removal at Body TLC

PICOSURE BEFORE AND AFTER

Laser Tattoo Removal at Body TLC

How to prepare for Tattoo Removal.

At your consultation, your therapist will discuss the full treatment process, check your suitability for treatment and take 'BEFORE' photos. A Laser patch test is also performed at three different energy levels.
This is 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. 

PICOSURE BEFORE AND AFTER

Laser Tattoo Removal at Body TLC

Q SWITCH BEFORE AND AFTER

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PICOSURE BEFORE AND AFTER

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PICOSURE BEFORE AND AFTER

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