Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal from our Sutton Coldfield clinic

Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser by Lumenis for dark tattoo removal

Any laser or IPL treatment is designed to cause a reaction to a specific coloured target (known as a chromophore) – in the case of tattoo removal, that target is the tattoo ink that has been forcibly placed in the dermis of the skin. The QS Nd: YAG laser creates very short-duration, high powered pulses. The light absorbed in the tattoo causes intense heat, and the chromophore, or ink particle, expands rapidly causing a sound wave that is audible as a popping sound or a ‘crack’ during treatment. It is this ‘crack’ that causes enough force to break up the tattoo pigment into particles that are small enough for the body’s own defence system to remove from the area. This then leads to a fading, and eventual removal of the tattoo from the skin.

Interesting fact: because the ink is removed by the lymphatic system, a urine sample taken in the hours following a tattoo removal treatment would show ink particles under a microscope! This is because the ink is removed in the blood and filtered out through the kidneys into the urine.

This type of tattoo removal can be safely carried out on all skin types and colours, and if performed properly can lead to total tattoo removal and no damage to surrounding tissues.

FAQ's

The Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser works best on dark tattoos, however fading may be seen to varying degrees in other colours. Reds and greens can be difficult to remove – other lasers may be available to treat these colours specifically, but are usually less available. Lighter colours including yellow, pink and orange, can be exceptionally difficult to remove with any laser, and there may be little that can be done with these colours. It is not possible to remove white tattoos with laser.

Different factors affect tattoo removal – age of tattoo (tattoo removal should not be considered if the tattoo is less than 6m old), types of ink used, professional or amateur – amateur tattoos tend to be shallower and less than dense than professional ones so should be removed more quickly and easily, the colours used, in adequate number of treatments, scar tissue caused by the original tattoo artist.

It is important to treat the tattoo gently, even if this means more treatments are required. If the tattoo is treated too aggressively you run the risk of being left with a tattoo-shaped scar, which is obviously not what we want to achieve.

The short answer is yes it can – however at Xodos we use plenty of ice packs to make it as comfortable as possible; and the treatment is always driven by you. It is possible to use numbing creams in some situations, but this can alter how the laser affects the skin so we tend to only advise it in situations where it is the only option. Also tattoo removal treatments tend to be quite quick, so most people don’t have any problems getting through one!

That is impossible to say – some do, some colours will remain, although they may fade, and sometimes a ‘ghost’ tattoo remains. Only time will tell although we will always do our best to get the best results we possibly can for you.

This depends entirely on the surface area of a tattoo – prices start from £45 per extra small area (2.5cm2 or less) per session, and will be assessed on an individual basis on your first consultation. As with all of our treatments, block booking discounts are of course available, including our one-off payment for life-treatment of a tattoo, meaning you can come as many times as you like until it is gone.

Cover-ups tend to have to be very large in order to over even a very small tattoo, and the covered area often just looks like a dark ‘splodge’. To avoid this, it is always worth having a few sessions of tattoo removal before a new tattoo is applied to get a better finish, and avoid the necessity of such a big cover up.

Just ask for a quote.

Treatment starts from £35 per area, per session, ask for full details.

Block booking discounts available in courses of 6 and 12. Ongoing discounts following the initial course may also be available for top up treatments, please ask for details.

Initial consultations and patch tests are free of charge subject to a refundable deposit of £30.

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0121 227 4111

Sutton Coldfield Clinic

Aston Wood Golf Club
Blake Street
Little Aston
Sutton Coldfield
B74 4EU
0121 227 4111
clinic@xodosltd.co.uk
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 9am-1pm

Lichfield Clinic Clinic

The Hexagon
Curborough Countryside Centre
Watery Lane
Lichfield
WS13 8ES
01543 415942
clinic@xodosltd.co.uk
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 9am-1pm
Appointments outside these hours by arrangement only

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