Tattoos seem to be more popular than ever but this growth does come with its drawbacks. Many people rush into their decision to get a tattoo which often can leave them feeling dissatisfied or even embarrassed of their tattoo as they get older. From a partner’s name, to a fashionable design you liked at 18 – a tattoo can tell other a lot about you, or even leave you personally with a reminder of a memory you’d rather forget. It’s understandable that most of us are not the same person in our 40’s as we were in a teens and a result the permanent etching we choose to put on our skin may not correlate with us in the present day. If you are someone that feels they regret their tattoos then don’t worry, there is help out there for you in the form of laser tattoo removal, and Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic treat patients from Ashford, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone and Kent, as well as across the UK.
How can laser tattoo removal help you?
Laser tattoo removal is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that allows patients to remove unwanted tattoos by using a laser to breakdown artificial pigments within the skin. Laser tattoo removal often initially leaves patients with a faded appearance to their unwanted tattoo which improves with further sittings of treatment. The results of laser tattoo removal depend on the colour of the pigments within the tattoo, as well as the size of the tattoo or tattoos. Black is commonly the easiest colour to remove, for example, whilst green has a tenancy to linger the longest.
Laser tattoo removal treatment at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic harnesses the technology of a Q switched Nd:YAG laser. The laser works by producing several wavelengths that are targeted to breakdown different colour pigments that may be found within the unwanted tattoo design. Depending on the design and quality of the tattoo you are choosing to remove the amount of sittings will vary. For example, some ‘unprofessional’ tattoos can be removed within just 3-4 sittings of laser tattoo removal treatment, whilst the vast majority of ‘professional’ tattoos require 6 or more sittings of the treatment in order to gain the best possible removal results. The colouring of the tattoo also can have an impact of the number of sittings of laser tattoo removal treatment required. For example amateur blue/black tattoos may only need 1-2 sittings of the treatment to remove the tattoo, whilst colourful detailed tattoos may require several further sittings to improve removal results.
Following treatment patients may experience some level of swelling, bruising and scabbing as a result of laser tattoo removal treatment. This healing process usually lasts for around 2 weeks and during the scabbing period should patients experience a fading in the pigmentation of their treated tattoo. It’s recommended that patients wait 6 weeks between treatments in order to get the best results, and allow the treatment area time to heal.
“We’ve seen a surge in the number of patients coming to the clinic seeking laser tattoo removal treatment over the past couple of years and it’s something we recognise the demand for. Some people feel like they rushed into their decision to get a tattoo or don’t feel happy with the body art they have done. Laser tattoo removal gives them the opportunity to reverse that decision. Laser tattoo removal is a fairly simple and safe cosmetic treatment if performed in the right hands. Just like choosing a tattoo artist, patients should research their chosen specialist and ask questions before making their decision to undergo laser tattoo removal. I would strongly suggest that patients considering the treatment to seek the service of Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic as we a have a team of dermatologists and other cosmetic professionals with a true understanding of the skin and it’s limits.”
Whether you dislike a tattoo from many years ago, or you’re unhappy with the quality of a newer tattoo, Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic can help you. If you would like more information on laser tattoo removal treatment then book your consultation today and start your journey to a tattoo-free you. The consultation is free and the patch test to test your skin’s suitability for laser tattoo removal is £50. Treatment then starts from £80.