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TOP 10 F.A.Q ABOUT TATTOO REMOVAL

Are you embarrassed by or regretting getting a tattoo?

Perhaps your circumstances have changed, and the tattoo has lost its personal meaning to you?

Or, would you like to fade out the ink sufficiently for a nice cover-up?

If you have decided it is time to do something about an unwanted tattoo, our laser tattoo removal services are considered by dermatologists to be the safest and most clinically effective in the UK.

1. WHY START YOUR TATTOO REMOVAL JOURNEY WITH THE BEAUTY EDITOR?

In order to provide the safest and most clinically effective treatments, we use a state-of-the-art Laser and Intense Pulsed Light system (IPL) called the Lynton Lumina. The Lynton Lumina is a medical-grade and award-winning system, used by the NHS and private hospitals across the UK, and provides the very best in clinical results, speed of treatment, and client comfort. Its active Q-Switched Laser is the gold standard in tattoo removal. Q-Switched Lasers generate a high-powered beam of laser light in an extremely short pulse and are the most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatment.

2. HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?

In simple terms the laser fires an intense pulse of light that travels through the skin and shatters the ink causing it to break up into tiny particles. The body’s immune system then flushes these particles away resulting in the fading and removal of the tattoo.

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3. DO I NEED A CONSULTATION?

Before you book your tattoo removal treatment, it is recommended you take advantage of a free, one-on-one consultation with a qualified clinician. This is a very important step in understanding what happens during a treatment of your tattoo. You will get personalised information based on your skin type, your tattoo, your medical history and your expectations. Most importantly, this is your opportunity to ask all the questions you have. When you walk out of this free consultation you should have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

4. DO I HAVE TO HAVE A PATCH TEST?

Yes. Test patches are carried out to determine the treatment parameters and to judge how your skin and the tattoo might react to a full treatment. During a test patch, a small area of your tattoo will be treated, and this allows us to assess how well the light energy is being absorbed and whether the skin and tattoo pigment will respond as expected. The cost of a patch test is £25, however, it is redeemable against your first treatment.

5. CAN YOU REMOVE EVERY COLOUR OF TATTOO?

Darker colours such as black, blue, red and dark brown are easiest to treat and can be reduced to the point where you can’t decipher the outline or wording of the original tattoo, but you may still see a small amount of ink that could look like the last fading of a bruise. We would describe this as being “90 to 95% gone”. Colours such as green, yellow, flesh tones and pastel colours are trickier to treat and will fade less.

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6. HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL IT TAKE TO REMOVE MY TATTOO?

Depending on the size of the tattoo, a course of 8 to 12 treatments is usually required, typically at 8-12-week intervals. Homemade tattoos usually take less. The number of treatments depends on a number of factors, such as:

  1. the amount of ink used
  2. the depth of the ink placed in the skin
  3. the type of ink used
  4. the location of the tattoo on the body
  5. the age of the tattoo
  6. the colours used

7. CAN I COME BACK EARLIER THAN SCHEDULED FOR THE TREATMENTS?

Unfortunately not.  Time between treatments is required for the skin to heal properly, and to ensure that your body has enough time to flush the tattoo ink out naturally through your lymphatic system. The results, after a treatment, are not always immediate. The body breaks down the ink slowly, usually taking weeks to see the full results, from a treatment.

8. IS THE PROCESS PAINFUL?

Most clients compare the pain to that of getting a tattoo orbeing hit by hot fat from a frying pan. We use a skin cooling device to reduce discomfort. Depending on the size of the tattoo, most laser treatments generally take between 10 and 30 minutesLarger tattoos will take longer to remove, and the larger surface area may make it more difficult to remove the tattoo completely.

9. WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?

After a session of laser tattoo removal, a period of healing is the next step, as your skin has to go through several stages of recovery before it can handle another treatment.  Also, once the treatments are all complete, the skin will need a rest for a while before seeking to place a new tattoo in the removal area. The first stage of healing following a laser treatment is called ‘frosting’ because it turns the treated area white. It lasts for only a few minutes and is nothing to worry about unless it does not subside. The next thing you can expect is some discomfort, pain, pinpoint bleeding and possible blistering around the treated area. All of this is pretty common, but if it’s causing you a lot of trouble, you can apply a cold compress to the area to help soothe the pain. Blistering is common after the removal process. If your skin starts to blister, don’t worry. It’s just your body trying to heal itself, and the blisters will go away in their own in time. It is important not to pick at the treated area, however, as it could result in scarring or possible infections.

10. HOW MUCH DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL COST?

Prices start from as little as £40 per treatment for a very small tattoo.  The specific cost of removing your tattoo will be discussed and agreed with you during your free consultation.

Love Katie x

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