Frequently asked questions

Please find answers to common frequently asked questions below.

Does it hurt?
How much does it cost?
Can I use a numbing cream?
Are some colours harder to remove than others?
Can a tattoo be completely removed?
Is it safe?
How long will it take?
Are there certain conditions that mean i am uneligible for treatment?
Where do I start?

Does it hurt?
  Yes, unfortunately it isn’t a pain free procedure. But generally speaking if you’ve been brave enough to have a tattoo initially then this shouldn’t be too much more of a big deal. The pain is also only momentary and lasts no where near as long as the pain of getting a tattoo. The feeling has been likened to a hot rubber band being twanged against your skin, very instantaneous and it just as quickly subsides. I also give a free pot of aloe vera to help soothe your skin and aid healing.
How much does it cost?
Without seeing the tattoo in person it’s impossible for me to price it up. My recommendation is to send me a picture of the tattoo and let me know the size. Alternatively you can book in for a patch test. This allows me to test how the skin reacts to the laser, see which strength will work best for removal and gives me opportunity to give you an accurate price for a full session. A patch test is not expensive (just £15) and takes a maximum of half an hour, which is all in the comfort of your own home.
Can I use a numbing cream?
No. Any creams or ointments used on the skin before the treatment can affect how the laser works and could prevent it from providing the desired results. You will need to clean and dry the area before the treatment. The area may also need to be shaved to prevent the laser from hitting any hairs.
Are some colours harder to remove than others?
Yes, yellows, greens and pastels in particular are virtually impossible to remove unfortunately. However, as they are light colours, tattoos with yellows and greens in can be covered up by a skilled tattoo artist.
Can a tattoo be completely removed?
Yes, it is possible to fully remove a tattoo. The length of time it takes to completely remove one will depend on the size of the tattoo, the colours used, your immune system and your skin type, however most tattoos take between 5 – 10 sessions to fully remove. The suitability for complete removal will be evaluated in the initial consultation with a skin patch test. Some people are not suitable for full removal and others may be left with “ghosting”. Ghosting is faint traces of the ink left over in the skin.
Is it safe?
Yes, completely. During laser tattoo removal the laser operates in short, fraction of a second bursts, targeted only at your tattoo. It does not affect surrounding skin. You should not be left with any scarring as a result unless you pick at the scabs during healing. Instead of forcing ink out through the skin, it breaks it down so that your immune system can attack and pull it out through your lymphatic system. I wear gloves and have enough safety goggles for both yourself and I to wear, plus a spare pair if you’d like a friend or loved one to hold your hand or watch!
How long will it take?
Several treatments may be needed before the tattoo fades enough to no longer be seen. The number of sessions is dependent on the tattoo complexity, ink type, colours used, tattoo depth, tattoo age and skin colour of the client. 5-15 laser tattoo removal sessions may be required before the tattoo fades entirely. Session times vary dependent upon the size and complexity of the tattoo and patient sensitivity. Each session will need to be 6 to 8 weeks apart to allow the skin time to recover.
Are there certain conditions that mean i am uneligible for treatment?
Unfortunately we are unable to treat clients experiencing any of the following treatments, illnesses, injuries, symptons or diseases:

  • Previous tattoo removal allergic reaction
  • Blood thinning medication (except low dose Aspirin)
  • Breast Feeding
  • Rheumatoid arthritis “gold” therapy
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Keloid or very thick scarring
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT) within last 3 months
  • Current treatment for pulmonary embolism / blood clot, leg ulcers or Phlebitis
  • Graves Disease (Hyperthyroidism) / Hashimotos Disease
  • Hypothyroidism and/or treatment with Thyroxine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Acute or chronic renal failure
  • Malignancy
  • Collagen vascular diseases
  • Chemotherapy / Radiotherapy within last 3 months
  • Active infections, signs of irritation or inflammatory skin conditions at treatment site
  • Currently pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • Chronic disease (Crohn’s disease, IBD, etc.)
  • Psoriasis or Vitiligo
  • Bleeding abnormalities
  • Anaemia
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Tanned or sunburned skin in vicinity of tattoo
  • Users of St. John’s Wort (herbal remedy) in past 3 months

A doctor's note may be obtained for customers experiencing the following treatments, illnesses, injuries, symptons or diseases:

  • Diabetes
  • Herpes simplex (cold sores)
  • Treatment with Ro-Accutane in the last 6 months
  • Wearing perfumes, deodorants, sun block, essential oils or other skin lotions
  • Epilepsy
  • Transplant anti-rejection drugs
  • Dark spots after pregnancy or after skin injury
  • HIV
  • Implants, metal plates or pacemakers
  • Taking any topical medication (e.g. hydrocortisone)

----If tattoo removal is on the face:

  • Dermabrasion
  • Face-lift
Where do I start?
You’ll need to get in touch to book a consultation/ patch test which is just £15. You’ll also need to answer questions on your general health and any medication you take. If you are fit and healthy, answer questions honestly and follow recommended aftercare you should be able to book your first full session 2 weeks after the patch test.