Laser Removal

About Laser Removal

Our Laser Tattoo Removal is performed by the skillful Dani Sharp. Between her extensive knowledge in using the very best equipment available on the market today, we provide this highly sought after process. This treatment is performed within a clean, private and professional setting, to ensure that all health and safety criteria are met to the highest standards.

As well as Tattooing and Body Piercing, we also offer Tattoo Laser removal. Using equipment of the highest specifications on the market to ensure you receive the best possible treatment, we are confident that we can provide you a service that is hard to find in this area and we will aim to make you as comfortable as possible, whilst achieving the results necessary.

FAQ

Does laser tattoo removal hurt and what should I do before treatment?

The short answer is yes, it does hurt. Most patients find laser treatment of tattoos very uncomfortable but not unbearable. Forced refrigerated air and ice packs will be used during the treatment but if the discomfort becomes too severe, either a local anaesthetic cream or a local anaesthetic injected into the area may be used. If a local anaesthetic cream is used, it must be applied liberally under an occlusive dressing 1 or 2 hours before laser tattoo removal treatment to produce optimum results.

What information do I need to provide prior to my Laser Tattoo Removal treatment?

You will be asked to list all medications and drugs you may be taking before treatment on every occasion and to inform us if this changes during treatment. It is very important that you answer absolutely honestly because even over the counter herbal remedies like St John’s Wort may have a very serious effect on your photo-sensitivity. The use of non-prescription or illegal drugs such as cannabis can lead to unexpected servere blistering and/or possible scarring. Naturally, anything you say to us is in complete confidence, but we must know.

Do you need to test my skins before undertaking the full Laser Tattoo Removal treatment?

You must have a ‘test patch’ to establish whether your tattoo pigment contains iron oxide ot titanium oxide. If either of these oxides are present, the patch will immediately go black and no attempt to remove the tattoo by laser treatment should be made. In such circumstances, the only alternative is surgical removal of the tattoo. If you already know the chemical substance of the ink in your tattoo, please tell us.

Would laser tattoo removal be more painful during period?

You must have a ‘test patch’ to establish whether your tattoo pigment contains iron oxide ot titanium oxide. If either of these oxides are present, the patch will immediately go black and no attempt to remove the tattoo by laser treatment should be made. In such circumstances, the only alternative is surgical removal of the tattoo. If you already know the chemical substance of the ink in your tattoo, please tell us.

What are the possible complications following laser tattoo removal treatment?
The most common complication following laser tattoo removal is a reactive increase or decrease in skin pigment resulting in a lightening or darkening of the skin in the affected area. This decreased or increased pigmentation, which is more likely to happen in Asian people or those who tan easily, usually lasts a relatively short time (usually 3 or 4 months) before it disappears naturally but you must be aware, sometimes it will become permanent.

Blistering is very common and it can be quite severe. Most patients will experience some blisters and/or some light bleeding during the course of a laser tattoo removal treatment and this should be accepted as completely normal. In fact, if you do not see even a small blister during the course of treatment it probably means you are not being treated at high enough power levels and the course will last much longer and cost far more than it needs to. Blistering is superficial and does not usually have any harmful or permanent consequences but in most cases does result in minor scarring. Keloid and other forms of scarring are rare but nevertheless they are a risk that you must understand and accept prior to treatment commencing. If you do not, do not have laser treatment.

After Care

Laser Removal Aftercare - Please read
When you visit us at our laser clinic at Inkslingerz Tattoo Studio, we will give you all the aftercare instructions you will need to heal your very best.

The tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. This is not the ink disappearing, but the effects of the laser. Many patients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic (overgrown) or even keloid (fibrous), can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur, and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within 4-6 weeks, although this may vary.

Remember, the more water your drink, the better hydrated you are and the better the results will be.

1. Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antiseptic ointment up to three times a day for 3 days while the area is healing and you should keep the area covered with a sterile dressing for those 3 days.

2. Blistering is common and is likely to occur 8 hours after your treatment. Do not be alarmed, blisters heal very well and are part of the normal healing process. Blisters indicate your immune system is healing the area and beginning to remove the ink from your tattoo. It is natural for blisters to pop, and this helps the skin to heal faster in many cases. Continue to put antiseptic ointment over the blisters once they have popped for at least 24 hours.

3. You may apply cool compresses or aloe vera gel as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take paracetamol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)

4. Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.

5. Feel free to shower 2 hours after the treatment, but take care to avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pool, or any form of soaking are not recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed, as they may increase the risk of infection.

6. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, taking into account the other after care instructions provided here.

7. Wear a sun block with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment. Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication on or near the treated area unless recommended by us for 48 hours.

8. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor, vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area.

9. If the area looks infected (honey coloured crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact us immediately on 01638 810121.

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