FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL FAQ

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Here we answer some of the most common Laser Tattoo Removal questions for you. Of course, when you arrive for your free consultation we will be in a better position to carefully consider your best treatment options and advise accordingly.

WILL THE TATTOO BE REMOVED IN ONE TREATMENT?


No, the light can only shatter a certain amount ink in one treatment, so several treatments are needed at 6 weekly intervals to work through the layers. You will notice the tattoo fades more and more with every treatment you have. A test patch will be performed before a full session goes ahead to check how you react to the treatment. A professional tattoo can take an average of 10 treatments (or more) although some Indian ink and amateur tattoos can be removed within 6 treatments and sometimes only take 1 or 2. There are several factors that influence the number of treatments required, these can be down to how easily you heal, how deep the ink is in the skin, and the types of ink that were used.




DOES IT HURT?


The treatment feels similar to a small elastic band being snapped at the skin and is easily tolerated by most people without any need for anaesthetic.




HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT TAKE?


Treatments can take between 10 seconds to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo.




ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?


It is not uncommon for bleeding and/or blistering to occur, there are varying reasons why this happens but it is very short lived and in our experiece, is never cause for concern.




HOW DOES THE SKIN LOOK AFTER TREATMENT?


An instant whitening of the skin is usually seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and/or swollen for up to 48 hours.




WILL THE LASER SCAR MY SKIN?


No. If bleeding or blistering does occur it is very important not to pick any scabs that may result when the skin is healing – this could cause scarring, and should be avoided as scar tissue can make further treatments more difficult.




WHY DOES THE INK STAY IN THE SKIN WHEN YOU HAVE A TATTOO?


When you have a tattoo the particles of ink are too large for the body to destroy, so instead, it encapsulates the particles of ink with a network of collagen fibres as the skin heals, and there the tattoo remains.




HOW DOES THE TATTOO REMOVAL LASER WORK?


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. here .




WHY IS IT DIFFICULT TO TREAT COLOURS OTHER THAN BLACK?


Light is measured in nanometres and there are two wavelengths of light that are emitted from this laser – one is invisible infrared light (1064nm) and the other is visible green light (532nm). The infrared wavelength is preferably absorbed into black and dark blue inks, whereas the green light is absorbed by red ink. It is possible to treat some other colours although white, yellow and bright colours are difficult. This is not usually a problem however, as lighter colours cover very easily. If you wish to cover-up an existing tattoo then the darker colours will be faded or removed, allowing you greater choice of size and colour of the cover- up design you choose. It is not possible to produce a laser that can treat all colours equally well as some wavelengths are too shallow when absorbed to affect the ink.




WHAT COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS ARE YOU TAKING?


WE TAKE COVID-19 VERY SERIOUSLY, PLEASE RESPECT THIS AND OBSERVE THE RELATED LAWS & RESTRICTIONS PRECAUTIONS TAKEN BY US Staff are taking regular Covid-19 flow tests to ensure your safety Staff will ALWAYS wear a face covering Staff are washing their hands for the prescribed 20 seconds with antibacterial soap before and after every appointment as well as every time they remove their protective gloves or re-enter the room/ building. Once they have dried their hands (contactless hot-air dryer) they will always use hand gel in front of you. Staff ALWAYS wear single use gloves for every treatment, they are taken away and destroyed by Three Rivers District Council (who we have our contract with). All local Bylaws are followed (above and beyond) in relation to governing general clinic hygiene. These Bylaws are clearly displayed in the building and we are happy to point them out to you at your request. PRECAUTIONS TAKEN BY YOU We request that you attend your appointment/ consultation alone, anyone you bring with you will be turned away immediately. This is because we are minimising the number of people in the clinic to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please do not arrive early for your appointment, this is because we are minimising the number of people in the clinic to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Everybody entering the building MUST wear a face covering, there are NO EXCEPTIONS! If you have a medical exemption from wearing a face covering, PLEASE DO NOT BOOK AN APPOINTMENT as you will be refused your appointment opportunity on the day and you will lose the treatment you have pre-paid for. You will be expected/ asked to check/ scan in with NHS track & trace. There is hand gel readily available throughout our clinic (including the toilet), please use it on arrival and on entering the treatment room. You will have your temprature taken & recorded on arrival. You will be expected/ required to fill out a Covid-19 related questionnaire. PLEASE STAY SAFE!





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