How does a tattoo removal laser work?

Active Q-Switched lasers that generate a high-powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse 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 defenses to absorb and disperse the ink.

A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.

How is the treatment carried out?

The skin will be cleaned and then the laser application is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible “clicking” noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter.

After treatment, a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied. During treatment protective eyewear will be provided.

How does the treatment feel?

Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pinprick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate treatment well.

At Fading Time client comfort is paramount, we've invested in the latest skin cooling device, the Cryro 6,  to be used in conjuntion with our Luminette Q laser to reduce any discomfort.

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.

Some tattoos will form a graze, which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses it.

Are there any side effects?

Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. Change to skin texture and scaring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any grazes are not allowed to heal naturally.

There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time.

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 1 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and can take up to 15 treatments.

Treatment sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart. We offer a free consultation and test patch to try and assess as best as possible how many treatments you may require.

How long does each treatment take?

Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally is between 5 – 30 minutes.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.