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Erase your body art – what were you inking?

27th June 2014

Do you regret getting that ‘tat’? Whether it’s out of boredom, simply a change of heart, or you’ve lost the love that used to be there to bear your ex’s name on your body, there is a solution to erase the memory with laser tattoo removal available at sk:n clinics.

Hollywood star Melanie Griffiths was recently spotted covering up her ‘Antonio’ [Banderas] heart-shaped design and Heidi Klum’s ‘Seal’ of marriage has been reduced to a faint reminder. Eva Longoria, Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie, Mel B and Katie Price have all turned to tattoo removal to get rid of their works of body art.

If you also wish that you hadn’t made such a lasting mark on your skin, sk:n clinics’ team of qualified professionals can advise on the best way to tackle that tattoo without burning or scarring the skin.

sk:n clinics nurse Lisa Mason says: “The colours used in the tattoo, as well as your skin type and condition, how much time you’ve had the tattoo for and whether it’s professional or amateur, as well as any medication you may be taking can all affect the suitability of removal treatment, how long it will take and how effective it will be. In terms of colours, black ink responds best, while white, yellow and fluorescent colours are toughest to remove, if at all. It is essential to discuss these elements beforehand to ensure you get rid of your tattoo safely and effectively.”

The advanced technology works by allowing the light produced by the laser to pass through the skin and break up the tattoo ink into tiny particles. The body then disposes of these fragments via its immune system. It usually takes several treatment sessions to ensure success, with regular intervals between sessions.

The procedure causes some level of discomfort, (some may feel a mild stinging sensation, which can be eased by applying a local anaesthetic cream) and some may experience a lightening or darkening of the affected skin, though in most cases this returns to normal after six months. Redness in the area is common after treatment but subsides quickly. sk:n clinics advise using a high-factor sun block while the skin is still sensitive, along with other tips on achieving the best results.

sk:n clinics work with some of the most leading dermatologists in the UK who are specialist in lasers to help remove your tattoo safely and effectively. With more laser experience than any other clinic in the country, sk:n clinics has perfected the art of tattoo removal and see more than three times as many clients per day than any other provider*.

Laser tattoo removal may not be suitable if you are a darker skin type; this is due to the potential of the area leaving a ‘ghosting’ effect. This is where the skin is lighter than the surrounding area. Your practitioner will assess suitability in your consultation.
*sk:n clinics is the largest provider of laser tattoo removal with 35 clinics nationwide (more clinics than anyone else providing this treatment) and on average carry out 13,000 treatments a year with this number steadily on the increase.
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