FREQUENTLY ASKED TATTOO REMOVAL QUESTIONS
We are not in the business of telling people what they want to hear by attempting to predict unrealistic results, we never make any promises we can't keep. Lasers can be amazing, sometimes life changing tools in the right hands but they are not magic wands and they can't perform miracles. We can achieve great results but every tattoo and every client is different and so are the results.
Anybody who tells you they can remove your tattoo in a guaranteed number of sessions either has amazing clairvoyancy or they're not being honest with you. Often their lasers are better at removing cash than tattoos.
Unfortunately we don't have a crysal ball but we have years of experience and knowlege!
We book our treatments in value packs of 4, 6) and 8 (+ 1 FREE TREATMENT WITH EVERY VALUE PACK BOOKED) as it usually takes at least four sesions before any results are noticeable.
Why should I choose London Tattoo Removal instead of a 'Beauty Clinic' that also offers laser?
If you asked the best laser tattoo removal machine manufactures and experts the same question, they would all agree that in general, an experienced Tattoo Artist is the best person to advise you on your options for laser tattoo removal, especially where cover ups are concerned. A laser operater in a clinic simply isn't qualified to advise you on whether or not your tattoo is faded enough for your chosen design to be tattooed over it yet. They have no experience of doing tattoos hence they don't know what is or isn't achievable. Any advice they give is usually just guess work. Unfortunately many tattoo studios have very cheap, inferior quality lasers that give poor results but at London Tattoo Removal you can be confident we are using the best, a Lynton laser!
We often have new clients approach us who have been unhappy with the results they've had at beauty clinics and Harley Street surgeries.
Why does the Ink stay in the skin when you have a tattoo?
When you have a tattoo the particles of ink are too large for the body to destroy, so instead, it encapsulates the particles of ink with a network of collagen fibres as the skin heals, and there the tattoo remains.
How does the tattoo removal laser work?
Q-Switched Lasers generate a high-powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse and are the most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatment. The very short pulse of high powered laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.
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 preferably absorbed into 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 and bright colours are difficult. This is not usually a problem however, as lighter colours cover very easily. If you wish to cover-up an existing tattoo then the darker colours will be faded or removed, allowing you greater choice of size and colour of the cover- up design you choose.
Why is it difficult to treat colours other than black?
The light emitted by a laser will only see the colour ink it is attracted to as different wavelengths absorb into different things. 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, others can absorb into other matter and damage the skin in the process.
Another reason is that all ink pigments contain certain levels of heavy metals. Some pigments may have a higher concentration of some of these than others, and these heavy metals can react with the laser light and carbonise in the skin, turning the ink black. It is very difficult to remove the ink when this has happened so, if you have other colours you would like treating, we will perform a test patch
for you to see if it is possible before proceeding.
Will the tattoo be removed in one treatment?
No, the light can only shatter a certain amount ink in one treatment, so several treatments are needed at 6 weekly intervals to work through the layers. You will notice the tattoo fades more and more with every treatment you have. A test patch will be performed before a full session goes ahead to check how you react to the treatment. A professional tattoo can take an average of 10 treatments (or more) although some Indian ink and amateur tattoos can be removed within 6 treatments and sometimes only take 1 or 2. There are several factors that influence the number of treatments required, these can be down to how easily you heal, how deep the ink is in the skin, and the types of ink that were used. Generally speaking the longer you have had the tattoo and the darker it is, the easier it is to remove.
Will my tattoo disappear completely?
It is possible, but we cannot guarantee that your tattoo will be removed completely, this is due to the same factors that affect the number of treatments required, such as the depth of ink in the skin, type of ink, healing ability etc. certain areas may contain deeper ‘pockets’ of ink that are very difficult to remove.
How does the skin look after treatment?
An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours.
Are there any side affects?
Sometimes bleeding and/or blistering can occur; again there are varying reasons why this happens. We will adjust the treatment to try to prevent this from happening so the skin can heal properly. Sometimes the skin may become lighter or darker.
Will the laser treatment scar my skin?
No. If bleeding or blistering does occur it is very important not to pick any scabs that may result when the skin is healing – this could cause scarring, and should be avoided as scar tissue can make further treatments more difficult. Itis worth bearing in mind that some tattoos already have scaring before a laser is introduced.
How much will it cost?
Prices generally start from £180 for a 'Value Pack' (+ 1 FREE TREATMENT WITH EVERY VALUE PACK BOOKED) consisting of 4 session for a very small tattoo and increase in amount depending on the size of the tattoo. We will be able to give you a personal quote once we have assessed your tattoo in the consultation. We book our treatments in value packs of 4, 6 and 8 as it usually takes at least four sesions before any results are noticeable.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment can take between 10 seconds to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. very large tattoos will need to be treated in several separate appointments to prevent too much trauma happening to the skin in one session.
Does it hurt?
The treatment feels similar to an elastic band being snapped at the skin and is easily tolerated by most people without any need for anaesthetic.