With our Electro-Optic Quality Switched solid state Nd: YAG Laser. Available for fading old tattoo (from 1 to 3 sessions) – for best results on cover up projects, or complete removal (from 3 to 10+ sessions).
Frequently ask questions about laser tattoo removal.
How much will laser tattoo removal cost?
£25 – small
(up to 5 x 5cm)
£45 – large
(up to 20 x 20cm)
Very large areas will be divided
into smaller sections
for best result.
Initial consultations are free. When you come for your consultation, we will measure your tattoo, carry out a skin assessment, and let you know how much each treatment will cost.
How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of this procedure, it is impossible to predict exactly how many treatments it will take for complete results. It could take as little as 3 treatments for an amateur tattoo or as many as 10 treatments for a professionally applied tattoo. How quickly your ink fades will depend on several factors, such as the colours of your tattoo, the type of ink used and how your body responds to the treatment.
How far apart are the treatments?
Your body needs time to break down the tattoo ink pigments after each laser treatment. This is a slow process, therefore you will typically schedule each treatment a minimum of 6-8 weeks apart. However we recommend 8 weeks, more time you allow between treatments better results you will achieve.
What will my skin look like after each treatment?
Your skin will most likely be red and feel like it has mild sunburn. This typically goes away after a couple of hours. There may also be some bruising. At times and with certain inks, there may be mild blistering that usually heals in about a week. After each treatment you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your treated area.
Does tattoo removal leave scars?
The type of laser used leaves virtually no scars, however, in rare cases, those with scarring disorders, such as keloids, have an increased risk of forming a scar.
How does the YAG laser work to remove it?
The laser emits a pulse of light that is preferentially absorbed into certain colours of ink. The light enters the skin at a speed that is too fast to significantly heat the tissues (billionths of a second), instead, it produces a ‘shock wave’ mechanical effect and minimal thermal effect to breaks up the ink particles into smaller pieces, the body then recognises these particles as something that shouldn’t be there and attacks it. The particles are then removed naturally via the body’s own elimination system.
Why is it difficult to treat colours other than red and black?
The light will only see the colour ink it is attracted to as different wavelengths absorb into different things. It is not possible to produce a laser that can see all colours as some wavelengths are too shallow when absorbed to affect the ink, others can absorb into other matter and damage the skin in the process. Another reason is that all ink pigments contain certain levels of heavy metals. Some pigments may have a higher concentration of some of these than others, and these heavy metals can react with the laser light and carbonise in the skin, turning the ink black. It is very difficult to remove the ink when this has happened so, if you have other colours you would like treating, the laser operator will perform a test patch for you to see if it is possible before proceeding.
For safe and successful removal, 6 advisory steps on what to expect and do after your Laser Treatment.
1. Scabs and Blisters: Blistering is common and is likely to occur 8 hours after your treatment. Do not be alarmed, blisters heal very well and are part of the normal healing process. Blisters indicate your immune system is healing the area and beginning to remove the ink from your tattoo. They may appear within 8-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. Don’t pick at them during the laser tattoo removal aftercare. Doing so can lengthen the healing process and may even create complications, such as infection or scarring. Let scabs and blisters heal naturally. When the blisters pop on their own during the laser tattoo removal aftercare, apply antibiotic cream and cover with a sterile Non-Adherent dressing. Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks, although this may vary.
2. Cleanliness and Dryness: During the laser tattoo removal aftercare, wash the area carefully with mild soap and water and gently pat dry. Use aftercare ointment/gel provided/advised by your laser practitioner, apply 2-3 times a day. You may use non-adherent dressing for first 3 days.
3. Warmth of Site: You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.
4. Sun Exposure: Wear a sun block of at least SPF 25 until the area is completely healed.
5. Complications: If area looks infected or the healing process isn’t progressing well during the laser tattoo removal aftercare, consult with the professional who conducted the process for guidance. Report all of the laser tattoo removal aftercare procedures you’ve been following. During the laser tattoo removal process, don’t wait to report problems!
6. Immediately report to your laser practitioner any signs of hypersensitivity allergic reaction like: itchy rash, hives and/or a “wheal and flare” reaction at the site of the laser treatment.
All Treatments are performed by fully qualified technician at Dark Rose Tattoo
If you have any questions or want to book appointment please contact us