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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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6 -10 treatments
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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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Suprised how quick it was over and no after pain or problems at all.
Have already recommended the clinic to a lot of my friends.
Delivery always within 48 hours, quicker than expected
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I visited the Sk:n clinic for laser hair removal, they were very professional, made me feel at ease and talked me through the whole procedure in detail. Ive had my first session with great aftercare advice and i'm really happy the results so far
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I was amazed buy the service and after care! The appointment was so quick and easy to book and the doctors and nurses we so helpful! I would highly reccomend!
Amazing, polite staff! I was made to feel so comfortable when I had my consultation and my treatment. Looking forward to the rest of my sessions!
Sk:n has been absolutely amazing for me. I started sk:n in January with Moderate Acne which really effected my confidence. Since January I have worked through a selection of treatments and home care which has completely changed my skin and I am much more confident about it. This is the first thing that I have ever found to make such a big difference to my skin. I started with very bumpy out of control skin with quite a bit of scarring. Now my skin is smooth, almost acne free most of the time and the scarring and redness has gone down soo much. I can’t thank Sk:n enough for both the products, the treatments and the amazing help of the skin practitioners. They create what’s right for you and what work with you and what you want to do and achieve. Amazing!
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My treatments were for laser hair removal on upper lip/ bikini and under arms.
Not only were the staff very professional and talked me through every step of the process in a clear and a concise way, they were also so lovely and made me feel completely at ease!
I have only had one session and have already seen HUGE results. I was recommended by a friend and was initially wondered if it would work for me but literally tell everyone I see about the results I’m seeing- it’s amazing!
I have only had my first laser session and I'm already seeing the difference can definitely say it's working 👌
The sunscreen is the Best Buy ever. A bit pricy but well worth the money and if you buy when the offers are on it’s a very good bargain. I would highly recommend.
had my first laser treatment today and it went really well however i completely forgot to ask for my starter pack including the cooling mist and aloe vera gel which i am pretty sure I paid for and it wasnt given to me by my clinician so I was wondering if it could be sent to me in the post as I wont be able to get to my clinic now until my next appointment in september , couldn't find an email address anywhere to enquire and thought it wasn't really urgent enough to ring in about.
I had gone through my first treatment of laser hair removal. My body hair is soften and lesser after the first treatment. I am anticipating for the following treatment to make me look better and confident in front of public.
My first treatment at Cambridge for a wart removal has been so far been very successful. Dr Holt is an expert in laser technology and is passionate about how they work. The reception area is just like sitting at home in your living room with refreshments and reading material available, with attentive staff on hand should you have any questions.
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Skn Clinics are rated 4.8 out of 5 for Tattoo Removal based on 559 reviews across all our clinics.
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