Several factors come into play when considering removing a tattoo. Dermabrasion and removal creams can fail to take off the whole tattoo, whilst other methods involving incisions or burning and can cause pain or scarring.
The colours used in the tattoo, as well as its size and density, can all affect the suitability of a laser removal treatment, how long it will take, which laser to use, and how effective it will be. It might be that you’re only looking to fade your tattoo so you can have a different design? It is essential to discuss these elements with a trained professional, who can ensure your tattoo is removed in the safest and most effective way for you.
Laser Treatments for Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is simple, safe, and produces fantastic results. 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 minimum 6 week intervals between sessions.
Laser tattoo removal at sk:n:
- Safe and effective solution to unwanted tattoos
- Over the past seven years we have carried out over 140,000 laser tattoo removal treatments
- Treatments administered by our highly qualified clinical practitioners
- We only use the strictest medical protocols
- Treatments carried out in a clinical and safe environment
Myth 1: If your tattoo is new, it will be removed easily
The ink particles of the tattoo will have been injected deep into the dermis (the second layer of skin). In order to reverse this process effectively, the pigment within the skin needs to be broken down using targeted lasers. Don’t be fooled into believing that if you have a change of heart shortly after getting your tattoo it can be easily removed. If you are particularly time sensitive and need to look at the fastest method possible for removal there are different lasers available including the Pico which can reduce the treatment time. Find out more about Pico lasers.
Myth 2: You don’t need lasers – you can completely remove your tattoo using a special cream
For some people creams can reduce the visibility of a tattoo. But in most cases the tattoo only fades slightly as the cream can’t access the dermis - the deep layer of skin where the ink is. Tattoo removal creams can also cause burning, swelling, itching, scabbing, discolouration, infection and permanent scarring, and, as they are often used without the advice of a medical practitioner, they are not necessarily the safest option. sk:n’s practitioners will take the time to assess your tattoo and decide on the best treatment course to achieve the results you want.
Myth 3: Laser tattoo removal is pain free
Unfortunately, no method of tattoo removal is completely pain free. Laser tattoo removal has been likened by some of our clients to the feeling of having a rubber band snapped against the skin. Others describe it as a rapid succession of sharp pin pricks, or a warm, prickly sensation. Your skin will also need 6 – 12 weeks to recover between treatments. But most importantly, laser therapy at sk:n is administered by trained experts, in a clinical environment, minimising the chance of complications and infection.
"The results are incredible! I've had eight treatments so far and my tattoos are fading fast! "
- Wayne Owers
Laser Tattoo Removal treatments from sk:n have scored on average based on 117 reviews. From £60 for single treatments.
Tattoo Removal (Frequently Asked Questions)
HOW WILL I FEEL DURING AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT?
- The procedure can cause a stinging sensation but most people do not experience high level of discomfort during the procedure. Local anaesthetic cream can be used and/or pain relief, such as paracetamol.
- You 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 the procedure, but subsides quickly.
- The skin will be sensitive after your treatment so we recommend high-factor sun block.
- A laser tattoo removal product pack is also recommend post treatment.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REMOVE MY TATTOO AND HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TREATMENT?
- A course of 6-10 treatments is often enough to remove the tattoo depending on the colour and depth of the tattoo ink.
- sk:n can offer tattoo removal in half the time if you are time sensitive with a Pico laser in a selected number of clinics. Discover more about Pico laser tattoo removal.
- To allow the skin to recover you can only have treatment every 6-12 weeks.
I’M INTERESTED IN FADING MY TATTOO SO I CAN HAVE A NEW DESIGN, HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
- Tattoo fading is something we are able to offer, this is becoming increasingly popular with clients who have changed their mind about their tattoo design.
- A tattoo can be faded adequately to re-cover after a couple of sessions. Your practitioner will be able to advise how many sessions you are likely to need.
Is it the right treatment for me?
HOW DOES LASER COMPARE TO OTHER TATTOO REMOVAL METHODS?
- 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 and if necessary refer you to a sk:n doctor.
- If you have a particularly deep or stubborn tattoo or require a shorter treatment time than average we have a number of Pico lasers in the London area which are designed to offer removal in a shorter period and could be really effective on stubborn tattoos.
- In some cases, the most appropriate form of removal for a tattoo could be excision. This involves having the tattoo surgically removed using a scalpel. Although more invasive, it can sometimes be the most effective solution and may also be quicker than laser removal. Our practitioners can assess your tattoo and determine which solution is most appropriate.
There are a number of other methods of tattoo removal available on the market, but they are not
recommended by sk:n’s team as some may cause scarring and have a higher risks of infection. These include:
- Tattoo removal creams - these work by dissolving the tattoo using chemicals such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, alpha arbutin and TCA. They cannot completely remove a tattoo, but may reduce its appearance in some cases.
- Dermabrasion tattoo removal - this involves using an abrasive device to blast the surface of the skin in order to break down the tattoo and remove the top layers of skin. A local anaesthetic is usually administered as this is a painful method of removal.
- Salabrasion - this works in a similar way to dermabrasion but involves applying water and salt in addition to an abrasive device in order to lift and remove layers of skin.
- Acid tattoo removal - some people are now using acids, similar to those used in chemical skin peels, to burn away layers of the skin in order to get rid of their tattoos. Many health professionals strongly advise against this method.
Tattoo Removal Consultation PriceS
*including Dermatologists and General Practitioners with Special Interests
Tattoo Removal Treatment Prices
|Very minor (1-3 x 1-3cm) from
| £204 £164 |
|£288 £231 |
|Minor (4-8 x 4-8cm) from
|£354 £284 |
|£499 £400 |
|Intermediate (9-15 x 9-15cm) from
|£578 £463 |
|£816 £653 |
|Major (16-20 x 16-20cm) from
|£898 £719 |
|£1,267 £1014 |
|Additional area (to major)
|£319 £256 |
|£552 £442 |
Exact prices to be confirmed during your consultation.
*Terms and conditions apply.