A special laser with a very short pulse is used to fragment the ink of your tattoo. Your immune system then gradually removes the tiny fragments of ink over a number of weeks.
The laser beam creates a photo-acoustic shock wave which when absorbed by certain coloured pigments causes them to fragment. Heat is released by the ink during this fragmentation which affects water in the cells surrounding the tattoo causing them to become white – a temporary small white blister also forms at the surface of the skin with each laser impact.
Each impact on the skin from the laser will cause a feeling which many people describe as an elastic band being ‘snapped’ against the skin.
Remember that everyone is different and my clients tell me that the treatment is not as uncomfortable as they thought it would be.
It is usual to see some fading of the tattoo pigment approx 10 – 14 days after the treatment. Numerous treatment sessions may be needed to remove a tattoo completely. I use the officially recognised Kirby-Desai scale to estimate the number of sessions you may need.
Have a look at my Gallery Page to see progress photos of some of the tattoos I’m currently working on.
Your skin type, medical history and medication will be checked during the initial consultation to make sure you are suitable for treatment.
Test patches will also be carried out to ensure no adverse skin reaction will occur and to find the best laser setting for your treatment sessions.
Your first full treatment will be carried out when the test patches have been reviewed after 14 days.
Eye injury due to the use of lasers is a risk to the client and to me. However, the risks are almost completely eliminated with the use of proper eyewear – which I always provide.
Your eyes will be covered during any laser procedure with special safety spectacles or goggles designed specifically for use with my lasers.