Sometimes, personal tastes change; sometimes, artwork doesn't turn out as well as expected. Maybe you just want to fade old tattoos in preparation for some new, cover-up ink. Whatever your reasons, we're here to help.
Laser tattoo removal works by firing short pulses of high-powered laser light into the tattoo, shattering the ink into smaller particles that your immune system then treats as a foreign substance to be purged from your body, using natural detoxification processes.
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 and in cases of irritation during the session, a skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce any discomfort. Laser tattoo removal is extremely safe and does not damage the skin, unlike excision, dermabrasion and acid.
An instant whitening of the skin known as 'frosting' is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a while, and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours afterwards. Some tattoos form a graze which must be left to heal naturally, and very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. While changes to skin texture or scarring is possible, these are extremely uncommon and usually resultant from grazes not being allowed to heal naturally. There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time.
During treatment, protective eye-wear will be provided, and a soothing lotion will be applied post-treatment to help begin the healing process. Over time, and through a series of treatments, you will notice a gradual fading of your tattoos.
The number of treatments you will need will vary depending on the density and colour of the tattoo being targeted, its age, and whether you are looking to fade the ink prior to a cover-up, or if you want the tattoo removed entirely.
The body's natural immune system will also be a deciding factor as some people heal faster than others. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 1 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and can take up to 15 treatments.
Initially, the tattoo is unlikely to look much different. Results will be most obvious after 4 to 8 weeks as the body slowly disperses the ink - but rest assured, each and every session under the laser will be actively working to fade the old tattoo.
Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally takes between 10 – 30 minutes. Sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart to allow the skin to heal, and to guage how well the immune system is fading the ink. All sessions are completed at our tattoo studio in Chorley by trained technicians.