Tattoo Removal | Laser | Exeter | Devon
Laser Tattoo Removal
"After taking the plunge to get my 2 Tattoos removed on my arms what was I worried about? after just 3 laser treatments the difference is amazing and they have almost gone. The staff are fantastic and could not be more helpful. Thank you" Trevor, Plymouth Devon
Laser Tattoo removal is a safe and effective way to fade away tattoos of various size and colour. Not all lasers are the same and not just any laser can safely remove tattoos. The Remedies clinic has one of the most advanced active Q-Switch lasers - the only type of laser that is clinically effective for tattoo removal.
Tattoos are of two main types: the Indian ink amateur tattoo or the multi-coloured, professional tattoo. Single-colour tattoos usually respond best to laser tattoo removal.
Multi-coloured, professional tattoos are much more difficult to eradicate completely. Black, Blue, Red and Green colours in the tattoo respond best to treatment, but, Yellow and Purple pigment can be more difficult. However, the Green coloured tattoos may a require a different type of laser to remove these successfully.
Before treatment you would need a Consultation first and that can be booked online or just call reception 01392 877221.
How does a tattoo removal laser work?
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.
Laser Consultation Procedure
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.
The Tattoo Treatment
After the consultation a treatment will be arranged. 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, an instant whitening of the skin is seen immediately after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. After treatment, a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body own mechanism and blood flow disperses it.
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 will usually be used to increase client comfort. The area is likely to feel a little 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.
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 weeks apart.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally is between 10–30 minutes.
All laser treatments will require a Laser Consultation prior to the treatment.