For those who have decided it is time to do something about their unwanted tattoo, the options available can be overwhelming and hard to comprehend. The main questions people have about tattoo removal are usually along the lines of: How does it work? Is it safe? Which option is best for me?
The options available range from very invasive options like incisions, which can be very painful procedures leaving scarring, to much less invasive options, such as removal creams, which don’t completely remove tattoo ink and can cause skin irritation and burns.
Here at The Lynton Clinic, we offer laser tattoo removal, which is considered by Dermatologists as the safest and most clinically effective procedure for the removal of amateur and professional tattoos.
Producing fantastic results, this advanced technology works by allowing the light produced by the laser to pass through the skin and shatter the tattoo ink into tiny particles, all without burning or damaging the upper-layer of skin. Once these tattoo pigment particles have been shattered, the body will then dispose of these fragments via the body’s natural immune system.
There are several factors that affect laser tattoo removal treatments, for example the size, quality, density and colour of the tattoo: all of which will affect the number of treatments required to fade or remove the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 3 to 8 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take up to 15 treatments. Treatment sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart.
Our brand of choice, Lynton, is the leading manufacturing and supplier of aesthetic technologies to an extensive list of high profile clients around the world, including the NHS. A team of Ph.D. scientists and Aestheticians design develop and test all their products to ensure that their laser equipment achieves the most effective, but safest results possible.
HOW DOES A TATTOO REMOVAL LASER WORK?
Q-Switched Lasers generate a high-powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse and 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.
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.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form.
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 any discomfort.
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 3 to 8 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take up to 15 treatments. Treatment sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart.
You can read more out more about Tattoo Removal treatment here, including answers to more frequently asked questions. If you would like to discuss treatment options further please book a virtual consultation with our Cheshire clinic below or find a clinic nearer to you using our Clinic Finder.’