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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.
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
Practitioner, Nurse or Doctor
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.
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I was quite apprehensive about arranging laser hair removal but once I contacted SK:N I had an appt on the same day and was able to arrange interest free credit to pay for the treatment. There were a couple of delays re: arranging the credit agreement but it all got sorted swiftly. The treatment itself was all done very professionally.
I recently went for my consultation for hair removal. The staff was very welcoming and chatty which made me feel a little less nervous. They explained everything that I needed to know and was happy to answer any questions needed. I was very happy with the package I was given and can’t wait to see end results.
Friendly staff who make you feel welcome and comfortable as well as delivering a great service. Would highly recommend.
Great service, amazing and friendly staff. Highly recommend the clinic.
The clinic is very clean and the staff are welcoming and helpful.
Very good explanation of what was going to happen and very happy so far.
Remarkable reduction in hair growth after just two treatments. Can’t wait to see the results after the full 8 sessions of laser hair removal. The girls who work here are so lovely too. They really make you feel comfortable. Could not recommend more.
Thank you Bluewater sk;n
As a transgender woman (Male -> Female) who has been transitioning over the last 8 months SK:N Chester and the staff involved have literally changed my life. When I started I used to grow a dark thick beard that was clearly visible by the end of a day if I shaved in the morning. As you can imagine as someone who wants to be a female this was heartbreaking and made me extremely self conscious to the point where I did not want to go outside and caused me massive anxiety issues.
Since starting my 8 month course of laser hair removal at the clinic my facial hair reduction is about 85-90% which is a phenomenal difference. I can go 3-4 days without having to shave and I have super silky skin, never did I have any complications, I followed the instructions given to me after my first session and with good aftercare I am looking as feminine as I have always dreamed. This has given me a huge confidence boost, helped combat my gender dysphoria and now I can look at myself in the mirror and feel happy/comfortable with my appearance.
Transitioning has been hard and during my time I was seen by two nurses Katrina for 6 of my sessions and Barbara for 2 of them. Both are fantastic, they are skilled, comforting, welcoming, supportive and take an interest on how I'm doing and always offered their support. This was huge for me because instead of dreading the treatment I was looking forward to it, just to have a little catch up with the nurses. The other staff there have always been kind and welcoming with a smile on their face and this creates a great atmosphere.
The clinic was always spotless, never saw any mess, the treatment room was always clean and seemed cleaner than most hospitals which surprised me. For the laser I was given goggles to protect my eyes and cotton wool as an extra layer of protection as I am a very cautious about damaging my eyes the staff ensure every possibility is accounted for so nothing ever goes wrong which is reassuring but the cotton wool most likely did nothing but it made me a little more comfortable. The laser itself has a sting but is nothing unbearable, the upper lip hurts the most but the nurses helped me through it by letting me take a deep breath and doing one zap at a time to help make it easier. They always apologize when zapping you even though it's something I wanted which was sweet of them.
Overall I am very impressed with the staff, the results and how smooth the process is. I have my review left and in the future I plan to come back and purchase treatment for other areas that I want hairless.
If you're transgender and considering getting laser, it's worth every penny and the results speak for themselves as any shadow gets less and less each week. This helped change how I approach my daily life and now things are only looking up!
1,000,000 / 10 I would recommend this to anyone that was considering it. The staff are amazing and I am so glad I have access to something that helps me fight my dysphoria.
Thank you to all the staff at SK:N Chester, you're all amazing and I'll see you again soon!
I had thread vein treatment and after only one session my legs are so much better I look forward to the second course that should clear up the remaining veins. This year will be the first for a long time when I can wear shorts or swimsuit without embarrassment.
Very experienced staff
First time here and staff and facilities were great. Everything was explained well and my questions were encouraged. My expectation and desired result was discussed and what would be realistic for my treatment. Would definitely recommend and continue to use.
The appointment was how i wanted, the doctor was promt with the procedure and the result is to my satisfaction I would recommend SKN to a friend definitely.
I've had my first laser hair removal session and it's already working a treat. The staff are super friendly and helpful which made me feel totally comfortable. I would 100% recommend SK:N for my treatment and feel I will be signing up for others too.
I’ve only had one session of laser treatment for my underarms and have seen a massive decrease in hair growth! I’m very impressed and can’t wait for my next session. I’m planning on test patching other areas too. Amy at the London wall clinic has been great!
Great experience with SK:N. Calm and professional environment and I am already seeing results after just 1 lazer treatment! Would definitely recommend.
Really professional and friendly service. I saw the nurse initially who did everything she could to treat my spider veins. After trying several treatments over a number of months, we found out that they required a stronger laser that only the doctor could administer. I was booked in to see the doctor and my spider veins were gone within minutes! At every appointment, I was made to feel very comfortable and well informed of the treatment. Really happy with the service throughout and the final result has made such a big difference. I will definitely return if I ever have any other skin problems.
Very professional - the booking process and communication was efficient and the staff were very helpful. The clinic is clean and well located. Would recommend.
Great Service with a easy we can help attitude and open about what is the the beat solution to your issue.
Had Lip Injections and was very pleased with the results!
I visited the Canary Wharf clinic.
It wasn’t my first time having them ‘plumped’ and I loved the results!
Will be going back for more!
The assistant Deborah who dealt with me was excellent. Very professional and not pushy at all about products or services, just providing the information and allowing me the time to decide what I wanted to do without pressure.
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