Laser Tattoo removal – What should I consider before going ahead?

Almost 30% of people in the UK have a tattoo. Whereas most people are happy with their tattoos, it’s estimated that 25% of those with a tattoo regret having one done – and that’s where we come in!

Laser tattoo removal is a really effective way to remove unwanted art work from your body. The procedure involves passing a laser over the area of skin where the tattoo sits. The process works by breaking down the pigment in your skin, allowing it to be absorbed by the body bit by bit. Tattoo removal takes multiple sessions depending on a variety of factors including the colour of the tattoo you wish to be removed and your skin type.

It is an effective treatment and can create some amazing results, however there are some things that you need to be aware of and consider before going ahead with laser tattoo removal.

We’ve put together a list of 6 key things you need to consider before getting laser tattoo removal:

  1. Before getting the treatment you should be aware that tattoo removal can never be completely guaranteed. In some cases the tattoo might only partially fade, leaving behind a shadow. This can, in some cases, even look like a scar.
  2. Location of your tattoo can also have an impact on the result of treatment. Tattoos that are located on the more sensitive parts of the body can be harder and (sorry to say) more painful to remove. Tattoos located closer to the heart have better circulation and so will often heal quicker.
  3. It may be difficult for your practitioner to give you an accurate time-scale and number of treatments required for the tattoo removal as each tattoo and each person responds differently to treatment. Once you have undergone the first treatment they will be able to advise more on this but you must be aware that we (or any other practitioner) can’t guarantee results.
  4. The colours in your tattoo can also effect the treatment results as different lasers may be needed, which operate at different wavelength of the colour spectrum. Some colours may be harder to remove that others. Your practitioner will be able to advise you more on this at consultation.
  5. Following strict after-care is important to increase the results of your treatment. You should also be aware that the treatment area may be red, blistered, raised or slightly swollen after treatment (don’t panic this is normal!) and so it is important to keep the area clean an away from direct sunlight. Again, your practitioner will go through all the after-care advice with you at consultation and treatment.
  6. Some pigment used in cosmetic tattoos, may appear darker after treatment due to the oxidisation process. Don’t panic- this can usually be corrected with follow up treatments.

Now, enough of the bad! Laser tattoo removal really is an effective way to remove unwanted art work from your body. We just think its important that you are well informed before going ahead with any treatment. If its something you are considering then come and see us for a consultation and we will be able to advise you further after having a good look at that unwanted tatt!!