IMG_5651How does the laser work?

Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibres. Q-switched lasers produce very short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is able to remove. Because the laser energy is selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage.

How many treatments are required to remove a tattoo?

Most amateur tattoos require 3 to 5 treatment sessions at intervals of 6-8 weeks. Most professional tattoos require 8 to 12 treatment sessions at intervals of 6-8 weeks. This may vary depending on the size and the quality of the ink used in the tattoo.

What are the costs likely to be?

The cost of each session depends on the size and colour of the tattoo. The total cost of the tattoo removal depends on the number of treatments needed and this varies considerably from patient to patient.

Do all tattoos respond to treatment?

In the majority of cases we are able to remove most tattoos. Q switched Nd:YAG 1064 removes blacks, greys, Q switched Nd:YAG 532 removes red, orange, pink and brown. Green is a very stubborn colour and very hard to remove with any type of laser.

How long does it take and does it hurt?

Typical treatment sessions last between 5 and 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. The lasers do cause discomfort during treatment, similar to being “snapped” with a rubber band. Some areas are more sensitive than others, such as ankles and the shoulder blade. The pain tends to decrease as treatment progresses and the tattoo ink fades. Most patients tolerate the discomfort of treatment well.

Are there any after-effects following treatment?

Redness and swelling may occur, similar to sunburn. This settles within a few days. Some patients may blister, which is quite normal and does not indicate potential scarring. Blistering does not require treatment and will usually clear within days. The treated area should not be exposed to strong sunlight between sessions without the use of sun block (SPF 30). The use of Fade the Itch soothing cream is recommended.


Does the treatment scar?

There is never any guarantee that there will be no scarring but our lasers are Q-switched, this means the lasers deliver high power in a very short pulse so there is normally no lasting damage to the skin.

Who performs the treatment?

All procedures at New Skin Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified technicians.