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Had a change of heart about your body art? Uncover skin you can be proud of with the safest and most effective treatment for unwanted tattoos.
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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.
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.
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.
We also offer new Pico Laser Tattoo Removal in selected clinics.
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Jenny, 39, after a course of Laser Tattoo Removal treatments.
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6 -10 treatments
From £221 (four treatment course)
From 10 minutes
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3 to 4 days
Laser tattoo removal may not be suitable for you if you have a dark skin tone; this is due to the potential of the treatment leaving a ‘ghosting’ effect, where the skin is lighter than the surrounding area.
If you have a particularly deep or stubborn tattoo with green or blue ink or require a shorter treatment time than average, we have a number of Pico lasers at our clinics in the London area, which are designed to offer removal in a shorter period and can be really effective on certain colours.
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.
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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.
Tattoo removal creams can 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 to remove your tattoo.
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. 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.
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.
Regardless of when you had your tattoo, the process will probably take just as long, however 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 the Pico Laser.
Yes, it’s very safe. The laser energy is selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink only, meaning that surrounding tissues are not affected and there is no lasting damage to the skin.
Laser tattoo removal can cause a stinging sensation but most people do not experience high level of discomfort during the treatment. Local anaesthetic cream can be used and/or pain relief, such as paracetamol. 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 combination of skin care products will be recommended to you after the treatment. You may experience a lightening or darkening of the affected skin, though in most cases this returns to normal after six months.
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 during your consultation.
A course of 6-10 treatments is often enough to remove the tattoo depending on the colour and depth of the tattoo ink.
To allow the skin to recover between Laser Tattoo Removal sessions, you can only have treatment every 6-12 weeks. However, we can offer tattoo removal in half the time at select clinics, if required. Find out more here.
We do not recommend the following methods of tattoo removal because they can cause scarring and have a high risk of infection.
- 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.
*Prices are based on practitioner delivering treatment. For tattoo removal prices in Glasgow, Esher, Bluewater, London Harley Street please refer to Pico Tattoo removal
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I’m so glad I visited Sk:n for their Rejuvination Package! I was seen by Tracey who was so helpful and, after a quick glycolic peal, tailored a plan specifically for me. I have oily skin and often get breakouts, which 12 years of make up and sun exposure have not helped! Since visiting Sk:n my skin has felt fresh and smooth every day, and I’ve only had 1-2 spots come up since. I even feel confident enough to leave the house without make up on now, which is something I haven’t done since I was about 14! I will definitely be back for more treatments and I can’t wait for it.
I have had several treatments at skn Harley Street including microdermabrasion and tattoo removal. I find the staff to be extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and will definitely come back to try other treatments
I have come to skin for many years now, and had different treatments done. I would not go anywhere else even tho there is alot of places you can get treatments done these days now. As skin offer excellent quality service both from doctors , and the nurses.
Excellent service and very friendly staff
Great service from Victoria. Been really happy with the results of my glycolic peel.
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Really lovely staff, professional, made me feel comfortable. The treatment healed well and was well worth the money
Caring, efficient, professional. What more can I say
My breakouts are less frequent, the redness has gone down and the acne scarring has faded a little, and it's only been 2 weeks! Only con was my bank balance but I'd say it's worth it if you care about your skin
The doctors made me feel so comfortable and answered any worries I had with confidence.
Had hyperhydrosis and mole removal delivered by Guido at Norwich.
Great guy, very professional and made me feel very relaxed. Nurse was also lovely.
Best delivery I have had. Sometimes HH treatment can be very painful if the Dr isn’t careful with the needle but this was painless.
Would 100% recommend anyone to go and have the treatment. Works like a charm.
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Great staff, with even better products.
Overall I have seen an improvement with my skin, definitely recommend the products to anyone.
I struggle with breakouts and the products have helped to maintain my clear skin.
I had mole removed via the excision method. I have to admit I was sceptical at first because I had to pay £150 to have a consultation with the doctor, who only gave me 2 options to choose from for my mole removal; excision and laser removal. I asked advice on which procedure would be better for me, he told me that he couldn’t give me a bias opinion because it is against the law for him to do so, which made me wonder what was the point of the consultation.
After much thinking, I decided on the excision procedure, despite being told that it would leave scarrings. It has been 10 weeks since I had my surgery, and my scarrings have nearly fully healed. I’m impressed because the scars are barely noticeable. Thank you skin clinic and my doctor who performed the surgery on me. I’m very satisfied with the results.
Very professional staff, friendly, always a warm welcome. Knowledgeable and highly trained. Dr Milne is very approachable and always explains procedures very well. I would highly recommend the clinic as good value especially when there are special offers. I have had treatments with Sophie and Bethany who are a pleasure to meet and make you feel at ease.
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I’ve had a great experience at the London Wall clinic for microneedling. Sophie has been amazing from start to finish, making sure the treatment was right for me, that I knew everything about the process, and recovery/ aftercare. I’d definitely recommend :)
Excellent service. Talked me through the procedure and the aftercare. Was really please with the results. Would highly recommend.
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Was extremely nervous about having laser hair removal and the lady I saw was wonderful. So reassuring and calm. Would highly recommend
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