Laser Tattoo Removal
It is estimated that one in five people in the UK have at least one tattoo, and of those, approximately 17% regret getting one or more of their designs and say they have considered having tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal can be an effective treatment to permanently remove tattoos, though it is important to note that complete removal cannot always be guaranteed, as some tattoo pigments can prove difficult to totally eliminate.
In the past, tattoo removal was lengthy, sometimes ineffective with certain colours, and could – in the most extreme cases – leave keloid scarring. As laser is unregulated in the UK, it is important that you see a clinician who is fully-qualified and trained to treat you with these powerful lasers.Book consultation
At PHI Clinic, we have three devices specifically aimed at removing tattoos: the PicoWay, Revlite and the Spectra, in order to tailor each treatment to the patient and their needs.
There are many factors that may impact how well a tattoo can be removed, including patient skin type, location of tattoo, age of tattoo, and colours used. The Kirby-Desai scale can generally predict how many treatments an individual will need, but should only be used as an estimation; most people have between three and ten sessions of laser tattoo removal to be rid completely of their tattoo.
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on the size, colour and whether it is a professional or amateur tattoo, the need for sessions can vary from 1-8. Some patients take better to treatment than others, but a realistic time frame will be laid out upon examination. However, it is advised that patients leave 4-6 weeks between sessions, as ultimately it is the body that gets rid of the tattoo, not the laser. Patients need to allow for the body’s natural healing process to be completed before having their next round of treatment.
PHI Clinic’s Aestheticians perform this treatment for patients, and specialises in laser work for patients of colour.
The device can be used on most areas of the body.
Patients may see some slight redness in the treated area, as the pigment is broken down, but this should not persist for long after treatment. Patients undergoing laser treatment are always advised to protect their skin from the sun and to wear a good sun block.
Before and after Laser Tattoo Removal treatment
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