laser tattoo removal
Victoria has been working in the tattoo industry for the last 7 years and is well versed in looking after clients who have just had tattoos done or are looking to get one. Naturally, her career progressed in to another aspect of the industry, the removal or fading of unwanted tattoos.
After under going an intense training course, she is now qualified in using an Nd:YAG Laser for Laser Tattoo Removal and is available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All prospective clients looking to remove their tattoos will need to fill out some forms and have patch test done. This is to determine whether you are suitable for treatment.
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First off, does it hurt?
The short answer is “yes”.
However, it’s probably not going to be as sore as you expect, many people say it feels like being pinged with an elastic band. Everyone deals with pain differently though and your experience may vary, but don’t worry, you can request as many breaks as you need.
For all appointments following your patch test you are welcome to use numbing cream. Victoria will also supply with you an ice pack before the treatment to cool the area down before the procedure. A key difference, is that laser tattoo removal is much quicker than getting a tattoo – most treatments take around 10 minutes to complete.
Will it scar?
Most clients should not scar. However, it’s best to note that any medical procedure involving the skin, that scarring is a possibility. If you are pre-disposed to Keloids, you may not be suitable for the treatment.
Scarring is completely dependent on whether you adequately look after your tattoo after you have had a session of laser. Under no circumstances should you pick or itch the blisters that may form- Victoria will provide a comprehensive aftercare form outlining everything you can expect and how to look after the area.
How does it work?
The laser emits a pulse of light that is absorbed into certain colours of ink. The light enters the skin at a speed that is too fast to heat the tissues, so instead, it produces a ‘shock wave’ effect and breaks up the ink particles into smaller pieces, the body then recognises these particles as something that shouldn’t be there and attacks it. The laser disrupts the ink and your body begins eliminating it through your own immune system.
Once the ink/pigment is broken down by the laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to help flush away the ink. This immune response will be obvious to you, the client, in the form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the healing period, the small shattered ink particles will be flushed away naturally. Removal effects will not be noticeable overnight and most tattoos will require more than 1 session.
Will I need multiple sessions? And why?
You will need more than one sessions, yes. Victoria will be able to give you a rough estimate of how many treatments you may need during your consultation, but it’s worth baring in mind that if your tattoo is large, it will be tackled in sections- roughly around 9cm x 9cm per session.
All tattoos have several layers of ink that are stacked on top of each other within your skin. The concentration of the ink/pigment is so thick that it can’t be completely broken down within 1 session. With each healed session, you should see the tattoo gradually fade away. Older tattoos react better to the laser, where has new tattoo may take a little longer to be broken down.
How much does it cost?
Your consultation and patch test has a small charge of £20. Sessions following from that will be £40+. The price is size dependent.
At this moment Victoria can only accept cash.