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Tattoo Removal (Laser)

Over a fifth of UK adults now have a tattoo, and with such huge numbers of people getting inked, it’s little surprise that there will be some regrets or mistakes along the way. With an increase in the number of unregulated and unlicensed tattoo artists, more and more people are turning to laser tattoo removal to help them erase unsightly tattoos, or to remove tattoo mistakes made when they were younger.

Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is a relatively simple procedure that can produce some astonishing results, depending on the type of tattoo (amateur or professional) and the ink colour or colours within the tattoo. The treatment works very simply: lasers remove tattoos by breaking down the pigment within the tattoo, lightening the skin and minimising the appearance of the tattoo. With repeated treatments, tattoos can vanish completely. Some tattoos are easier to remove than others.

How Does it Work?

During treatment, a precisely targeted wavelength of light is passed over the tattoo. The pigment within the tattoo absorbs the light from the laser, which causes cell damage. This cell damage breaks the tattoo ink down into fragments, and over the weeks following the treatment, these fragments are metabolised and disposed of by the body.

Before Treatment

Before treatment, your tattoo will be analysed to see how effective treatment would be. Black tattoos are the easiest to remove as the pigment within them is easily broken down. Tattoos with red in them are usually more difficult and different wavelengths of light will need to be used. If the ink in the tattoo has been put into skin too deeply, treatment might be slightly more difficult.

What Happens During Treatment?

During laser tattoo removal, skin will be cleansed and a local anaesthetic cream may be applied. You’ll be given goggles to wear. The practitioner will then pass the laser over the surface of the tattoo. Treatment can vary depending on the size of the tattoo. After treatment, patients are advised to take care of the skin, using a high factor SPF sunscreen whilst the skin is still sensitive as well as a tissue repair cream. Patients will experience a mild pricking sensation during treatment, but we can use local anaesthetic creams to minimise discomfort. Over the counter pain medication will minimise any pain following treatment.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

The number of treatments that you need differs, depending on the colour of the tattoo and how large it is. Generally, you’ll need treatments every four to eight weeks. A course of six to ten treatments is usually enough to erase the tattoo, although you might need fewer or more treatments.

For more information about laser tattoo removal, contact Hilton Skin Clinics today.

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