Fade-downs are also becoming increasingly popular for those that have a tattoo they love, but there is an area that needs removing, or a blank canvas is needed for a new chosen tattoo artist to work on.
Q-switched laser technology
Q-switched (QS) lasers are the only really effective lasers for tattoo removal, as they harmlessly penetrate deep into the skin, with minimal risk of scarring and pigmentation changes. They produce an intense, focused beam of light into the tattoo ink, absorbing the light energy and causing the tattoo pigment to break down into tiny particles which, similar to detox, are then removed by the body via the lymphatic system. The energy pulse focuses only on the ink for a very short duration and doesn’t burn or affect the tissue in the surrounding area.
Dispelling the myth that having a tattoo removed is very painful, we ensure that all discomfort is minimised for our clients, and we offer cold air Cryo-freezing to numb the area before treatment commences. The sensation varies but is often described as like a ‘flick of an elastic band’.
A dramatic result
One laser cannot remove all colours of tattoo ink, so at our clinic in Ipswich, we use a full range of QS laser technologies so you can get the best result. How fast you will see a result depends on the colour and complexity of the tattoo, as well as other factors such as your age and skin type, the tattoo age and its chemical composition. The depth and density of the ink, and where on the body the tattoo is can also affect the speed of results.
As with all medical procedures, there is a small risk of potential side effects, but these are limited to a small fraction of all treatments that are carried out.
The best time for you to have a tattoo removed is late Autumn to early Spring when the skin is unlikely to be tanned. The laser operates by differentiating between the tattoo and the skin, and the greater the contrast between the two, the more we can increase the intensity of the laser light without worrying about hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Prices start from £50 and typical sessions last between five and 40 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. So, if you would like to have a chat about complete removal, or a fade-down of an existing tattoo, then get in touch for a free consultation.
Photo of Juliette taken by Simply C Photography