ND YAG TATTOO REMOVAL
HOW IT WORKS
Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally because when tattoo pigment is injected into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) it becomes locked away by a wall of collagen fibres. Q-switched lasers produce very short bursts of high energy laser light. The light is absorbed by the large ink particles, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into minute particles which the body is able to remove. Because the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy, the surrounding skin doesn’t overheat and there is no lasting damage.
Tattoo removal using the ND YAG Q Switch produces 2 wavelengths, one in the infrared range 1064nm which works on dark pigments and a second beam 532nm wavelength which works on lighter coloured pigments.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Customers will usually see a reduction after the first treatment however to completely remove a tattoo we would recommend between 6-10 treatments on average, with intervals of 6 weeks between treatments. In different clients, more or less sessions may be necessary for complete removal. Cover ups will take longer to remove in general due to having more amount of ink placed in the skin.
WHAT COLOURS CAN WE REMOVE?
In principle the Nd Yag lasers can remove all types of tattoos. However, since all tattoos are not the same in terms of colour, depth of ink deposition and their chemical composition, some may respond differently to others. Black, red, dark orange and dark blue tattoos will typically respond better to treatment with laser. Brown, purple, green, light orange, neon and light blue colours are slightly harder to remove and will require more sessions.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
The body will continue to heal and remove small ink particles during the six weeks following the treatment, however many clients will see a reduction from their first session.
AM I SUITABLE TO HAVE LASER TREATMENTS?
We can safely treat all skin types with the AW3 ND YAG Q-switch technology. If you are in good health (no serious health concerns) and do not have hypo/hyper- pigmentation, tanned or Keloid scarring in your family or personal history then you should be suitable for this treatment, however all clients must have an in person consultation and patch test before beginning their course of treatments.
DOES IT HURT?
The level of pain felt will depend on the type of tattoos, the amount of treatment required and your own pain threshold. Some clients would describe it as no more than uncomfortable, where others will describe it as an elastic band flicked against the skin. The truth is that you will only know how painful you find it until you try it. We can offer advice on pain relief, which will be given during your consultation.
DOES LASER CAUSE SCARRING?
Although there is a risk of scarring with any laser, in most cases, scarring is not a significant risk for tattoo removal with the ND Yag laser. Tattoo removal has become associated with scarring because the older generation of lasers used for tattoo removal were very aggressive and carried a very high risk of scarring. The ND Yag laser does not heat the surrounding skin significantly and the risk of scarring is much reduced. The risk of scarring is mainly associated with a genetic pre-disposition to forming scar tissue and the presence of resistant, green pigment. To reduce the risk, we carry out an extensive medical evaluation to identify high-risk clients. Please be aware that scarring can occur if the aftercare advice is not followed correctly by each client, for example knocking/picking any scabs off too early may cause a risk of scarring.
0 x 5cm
£150 Course of 6
5 x 5cm
£300 Course of 6
10 x 10cm
£450 Course of 6
15 x 15cm
£720 Course of 6
20 x 20cm
£999 Course of 6
£1500 Course of 6
All laser treatments require a consultation, patch test and medical history form to be completed.
Prices are not confirmed until we have seen you at your first consultation.
The number of treatments required may vary from person to person, the estimated time frames are only average guidelines. Multiple future treatments may need to be carried out for optimal results.
Some medications are not compatible with laser treatments (for example blood thinners). In some cases, medical advice and written consent may be required from your GP.
Please inform us straight away if there is a change in your medication or medical history or you experience an adverse reaction to the treatment or patch test.
You MUST avoid sun exposure, fake tan and sun beds for 30 days pre treatment and 30 days post treatment. Please inform us if you are going abroad so we can adjust your treatment times accordingly.
Reapply a daily SPF 30-50 over the tattoo every day to avoid unwanted UV exposure.
It is advised to keep the area clean and use Aloe Vera gel at home to sooth the skin and speed up the healing process.
Pin point bleeding, swelling, tenderness, blood blisters, scabbing and redness are normal reactions during the healing process, which usually reside within the first week or two. If the client experiences any itchiness or weeping from the tattoo they may have an infection. This will require urgent medical advice from you GP.
Do NOT pick the healed scabs during the healing process, leave them to fall off naturally
All heat treatments (hot shower/bath/saunas) will need to be avoided post treatment for a minimum of 48 hours.