Face tattoo removal: what you need to know

face tattoo removal
By Elis Marcu 14th April 2021 Category: Advice

Face tattoos have grown in popularity, but research suggests a lot of people either regret getting them, or want to check they can be removed beforehand (in case they change their mind later on). We have done the research on everything you need to know about facial tattoo removal so you can make an informed decision before fully committing to getting a tattoo on your face.

Can you get face tattoos removed?

Facial tattoos were originally symbols of affiliations, cultures and mourning where now they are statements of style and art and are often regretted. Advancements in laser technology, (such as Picoway Tattoo Removal) means most face tattoos can be removed efficiently and in half the time compared to traditional treatments. However, some tattoos are more difficult to remove than others.

Due to the delicate nature of the facial skin, tattoo removal is a gradual process where each treatment works to help fade and lighten any existing facial art. Large, dark tattoos are harder to remove than smaller, lighter tattoos as the highly pigmented areas will require more attention. Length of treatment courses may also depend on how far the ink has penetrated into the skin layers. 

Removing facial tattoos on people with darker complexions, skin and medical conditions may mean complications arise and can potentially produce an ‘ashy’ aftereffect. This does not mean it is impossible to do, it just means a thorough approach is needed to find the best treatment path for you. During your initial consultation, your laser practitioner will outline any potential risks and recommend the most suitable treatment options available.

How does it work?

Laser tattoo removal works to dissolve and target the pigment present on the skin’s surface and it is usually administered by a small held hand device that emits a concentrated light to the tattoo area. This facilitates the breaking down of ink particles.

Laser tattoo removal

Removing facial tattoos can be more painful than removing tattoos on other parts of the body as there is less fat between the skin and the bone. 

When removing a tattoo on the skin above a bone, the nerves are more exposed which may cause mild discomfort. Usually during a session, numbing agents and cooling gels can be applied to ensure a pain-free experience.

Removing neck and face tattoos requires even more caution as there are arteries located on either side of the neck that circulate a large vascular supply throughout the body, meaning it is a complex and delicate area to treat, both for tattoo artists and laser removal specialists. 

What are the risks?

When administered by a professional clinician, the risks of facial tattoo removal are minimal as all laser treatments are rigorously tested before being deemed safe to use. 

Micro-pigmentation is one risk that may arise. This is the process where untraditional inks, containing titanium oxide, have been used to pigment the skin. Titanium oxide reacts differently under the laser which means that small fragments of ink still remain. These particles can be removed, but may require further treatment and the use of specialised lasers. 

How much does it cost?

For complete removal, we recommend 6 – 8 treatments with prices ranging from £65 – £275 per session depending on tattoo type. Purchasing a package treatment is the most economical choice. However, make-up can be used as a temporary cover for tattoos whilst contemplating a permanent removal option. 

See our price guide here

Key takeaways 

  • Facial tattoos (including cosmetic ones such as eyebrow tattoos) can be removed through laser tattoo removal.
  • Picoway Tattoo Removal can remove tattoos in half the time compared to traditional laser removals.
  • Laser tattoo removal is not instant but can help achieve complete removal of unwanted face and neck tattoos.

Need help?

Here at sk:n, we accept nothing other than the best standard of  pre-treatment, treatment and aftercare. Every year our team of highly trained practitioners conduct thousands of tattoo removal procedures. Find your nearest clinic and book an appointment today!

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