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Tatt's all folks - 8 questions to ask about Laser Tattoo Removal

Posted 10 July 2018
Dr Joanna Lovatt - Lady on beach with tattoo on her arm

Return-tickets, empty champagne bottles and sandcastles prove that not all good things last forever. Sometimes this means that the body art we once adored now gives us an entirely different emotion. The great news is this need not be permanent either. Laser tattoo removal offers the opportunity to safely and effectively erase any inking, leaving you free and ready to move forward.

As with all treatments, it’s a good idea to find out as much as you can in order to see if the procedure is right for you and your body. So if you are thinking about leaving an un-loved inking behind, it is worth considering a few questions...

1. What are my options?

There are highly invasive procedures including dermabrasion and excision which have been used to remove tattoos, but these are incredibly painful and likely to leave large amounts of scarring. Removal creams are also available, but often do not erase the entire tattoo and come with the risk of skin irritation. Laser tattoo removal is the safest, most effective option and has the advantage of being non-invasive as well, which is why I recommend it.

2. How does laser tattoo removal work?

The treatment uses a light energy from a laser to penetrate the skin and shatter tattoo ink into tiny fragments. These small pieces are then disposed of by the body’s natural immune system via the kidneys. As more and more ink is literally flushed away the tattoo becomes lighter, eventually appearing completely erased.

3. Can any type of tattoo be removed?

Yes, laser tattoo removal is suitable for body art from both professionals and amateurs. Any size tattoo can be treated at any location on the body. It is also fine for both old and new tattoos.

4. How does the treatment feel?

Often people describe it as feeling like having an elastic band flicked against the skin – a little uncomfortable, but bearable. If you managed to cope with having the tattoo done originally, you can certainly cope with having it removed.

5. How long will the process take?

This will depend on factors like the quality, size and colour density of your tattoo. Amateur work generally takes between 3 to 8 treatments, while professional inkings often require a few more. At least 6 weeks are needed between each treatment so it is a good idea to plan ahead if you would like a tattoo removed for a special occasion.

6. Can I have part of a tattoo removed?

Yes, tattoo revision is just as possible as tattoo removal. The treatment is suitable for selective removal or fading in preparation for a cover-up.

7. What happens after the treatment?

Aftercare is minimal, just make sure you keep the treated area nice and clean – and drink plenty of water, but you should be doing that anyway!

As with all treatments, I offer a free consultation for anyone considering laser tattoo removal. Contact me by phoning 01722 632633 or 07493 520517 to see if you can lose your body art and leave yourself free to go forward.

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