Tattoo Removal in Canterbury and Kent

The Canterbury Skin and laser Clinic, uses a Q switched Nd:YAG laser for Tattoo Removal in Kent. This laser can produce several wavelengths to target a range of tattoo pigments, with black is the easiest pigment to remove. Some coloured pigments respond well to laser tattoo removal, green does not always respond well.

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How does Laser Tattoo Removal work?

A laser produces a powerful beam of light that can precisely transfer energy into the targets within the skin. The beam of light is produced in one wavelength which will be preferentially absorbed by certain tattoo pigments. The key requirement for a laser to remove tattoos is for it to be Q-switched. This means that the energy is delivered in a very short pulse-duration which ‘cracks’ the tattoo pigment particles and is effectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. The Canterbury Skin and laser Clinic uses a Q switched Nd:YAG laser which can produce several wavelengths to target a range of tattoo pigments. IPLs and non Q-switched lasers will not be effective on tattoos, delivering energy that is not effectively absorbed by tattoo pigment and which may damage surrounding skin. Some tattoo pigments respond well to lasers, colours like green do not always respond well.

The immediate effect is a whitish response at the tattoo site. Once the skin has healed over some fading will be evident, the amount depending on the type of tattoo and its colour. However, there is no guarantee that the tattoo can be completely removed. Significant fading of the tattoo can, however, continue for up to 3 months after laser treatment in some cases.

How many treatments will I need?

Professional tattoos typically require 6 or more treatments, whereas amateur or traumatic blue-black tattoos may only need 1 to 2 sessions and coloured tattoos can take many more sessions.

Studies have shown that 85% of amateur tattoos can be completely removed after just three treatment sessions. Professional tattoos take longer with 70% removed by 6 treatments. More treatment sessions in both tattoo types will result in further clearances. Tattoo removal treatments are usually scheduled at 6 to 8 week intervals.

Tattoo removal isn’t painful, each laser pulse has been likened to that of an elastic band hitting the skin.Immediately after treatment, there may be swelling, bruising or crusting and scabbing, which can last up to 2 weeks. Some of the tattoo pigment is lost during this scabbing process.




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Starts from £80

Treatment packages and costs can be discussed depending on individual requirements at the time of initial consultation.

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26 Castle Street,

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Telephone: 01227 472288
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Why choose Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?

Here at Kent's leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience and laser training.

Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.

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