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Several factors come into play when considering removing a tattoo. Removal creams can fail to take off the whole tattoo, whilst other methods involving incisions or burning 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, and how effective it will be. It is essential to discuss these elements with trained professionals, 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 regular intervals between sessions.

The procedure can cause a stinging sensation, which can be eased by applying a local anaesthetic cream. Some people also 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. We advise using a high-factor sun block while the skin is still sensitive after your treatment.

Laser VS. Other Tattoo Removal Methods

Laser tattoo removal at sk:n: a safe and effective solution
In most cases, laser therapy is the most effective and safest option for removing a tattoo. At sk:n, we have carried out more than 135,000 laser tattoo removal treatments in the past seven years – all administered by our highly qualified clinical practitioners, using the strictest medical protocols.

Removal by excision
In some instances, the most appropriate form of removal for a tattoo is 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 of clinical experts 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.
  • Rejuvi tattoo removal - this method was developed by Rejuvi Laboratory California and involves applying a chemical to the skin using a mechanised needle – the same way the ink is delivered to the dermis when getting tattoo.
  • Cryosurgery tattoo removal - this involves freezing the affected area and then removing the layers of dead skin through abrasion.

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, or removed surgically through a process known as excision. 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.

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 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 process 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 at least four weeks to recover between treatments. But most importantly, laser therapy at sk:n is administered by trained experts, in a clinical, sanitary environment, minimising the chance of complications and infection.


Laser Tattoo Removal treatments from sk:n have scored on average 88% out of 100 based on 117 reviews. From £60 for single treatments.

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Client Quote

"The results are incredible! I've had eight treatments so far and my tattoos are fading fast! "

- Wayne Owers

Tattoo Removal (Frequently Asked Questions)

How will I feel during treatment?

Apart from a mild pricking sensation, most people do not experience any high level of discomfort during the procedure. Local anaesthetic cream can be used and/or pain relief, such as paracetamol, can be taken to ease discomfort if needed.

Is it the right treatment for me?

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.

How often will I need laser tattoo removal?

You will need treatment minimum every four weeks and a course of 6-10 treatments is often enough to remove the tattoo depending on the colour and depth of the tattoo ink.

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How much does it cost?

Tattoo Removal Consultation PriceS









*including Dermatologists and General Practitioners with Special Interests

Tattoo Removal Treatment Prices

  PRICES FROM SINGLE Treatment 4 Treatment
6 Treatment
8 Treatment
Test Patch £50 £50 - - -
Very minor (1-3 x 1-3cm) from £60 £60  £204 £288 £360
Minor (4-8 x 4-8cm) from £104 £104 £354 £499 £624
Intermediate (9-15 x 9-15cm) from £170 £170 £578  £814 £1,020 
Major (16-20 x 16-20cm) from £264 £264 £898 £1,267 £1,584
Additional area (to major) £115 £115 £319 £552

Exact prices to be confirmed during your consultation.





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