Q Switched Lasers are considered by dermatologists to be the most effective, safe and reliable way to remove unwanted multi-coloured tattoos with consistent predictable results.
How does a tattoo removal
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 treatments. 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 soothing lotion and a light
dressing may be applied. During treatment protective
eye wear will be provided.
How does the treatment feel?
Most patients describe the sensation as similar to
a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst
mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment
well. A skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce
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
up to 15 treatments. Treatment sessions are spaced 6 to 10
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 test patch.