Q-switched laser tattoo removal in Brighton & Hove, is considered by dermatologist to be the most effective, safe and reliable way to remove unwanted multi-coloured tattoos with consistent predictable results.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Not all lasers and light sources are the same, and Active Q-Switched Lasers that generate a high powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse 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.
How is the treatment carried out?
The Skin will be cleaned and then the laser applicator is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible ‘clicking’ noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter. After treatment, a light dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eye wear must be wore by client and practitioner.
How does the treatment feel?
Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whist mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate laser tattoo removal pain well. A skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce any discomfort.
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. Some tattoos will form a graze which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses it.
Are there any side effects?
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. Change to skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any grazes are not allowed to heal naturally. There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time.
How many treatments are necessary?
This depends on several factors, including the density and colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 1 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take 15 or more treatments. Treatments are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart and the tattoo must be healed from the previous session before retreating
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally is between 10 – 30 minutes.
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order
to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a patch test.