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How laser tattoo removal works

Tattoos are, obviously, permanent, which is a blessing for those who their body art has become a part of them. However, for those people who come to realise that their tattoo no longer represents who they are or their lifestyle, this permanency can be a curse. It might be a part of yourself you’ve grown out of, an ex’s name, or one you got on a whim, but regardless of its meaning (or lack thereof) it carries negative connotations for you now. Luckily, laser tattoo removal has continued to grow and advance as a treatment option for those opting not to simply cover up their tattoo with another one.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal works by delivering intense pulses of laser light energy at the tattoo. Q-switched lasers allow these powerful bursts of energy to ‘zap’ the tattooed skin, whereupon the ink pigment absorbs it. The ink particles ‘crack’ and are broken down, dissolved, and absorbed by the body. Over a course of treatments, you could see a significant reduction in the size and intensity of your tattoo.


Is laser tattoo removal safe?

Laser tattoo removal is safe in qualified hands and with the right technology. When searching for a tattoo removal treatment, always look for professionals with a medical background to ensure your safety. In their hands, laser tattoo removal is incredibly safe. With professional technology, such as the Lumenis system, you will even note that the treatment doesn’t affect your surrounding skin.


Does tattoo removal cream work?

There’s been an increase in the manufacturing and advertising of tattoo removal creams in the last few years, and if the hype is to be believed then they do work. However, is this hype to be believed? There are two main types of creams: Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), and Hydroquinone. The first of these creams acts as a sort of chemical peel for the tattoo, while the second is essentially a bleaching cream.


The draw-backs with both of these creams begin with the fact that they aren’t technically tattoo removal creams, they’re reduction creams at best. They could fade the appearance of it or blur the edges, but they won’t truly deliver good results for removal. In fact, sometimes these creams are used a prep for actual laser tattoo removal. The biggest draw-back, however, is the fact that these treatments focus solely on the epidermis. This is the superficial top layer of your skin, but this isn’t where your tattoo calls home. Your tattoo ink shows through the epidermis, but it is actually one layer deeper than this – in the dermis. These tattoo removal creams never reach the layer where your tattoo is, so how could they perform removal?


How long does laser tattoo removal take?

Your treatment journey depends on your tattoo: its size, shape, and colour. Our laser is specifically designed for target dark pigments like black and dark blue, and you should notice an immediate reduction in its intensity after every treatment. However, it’s important to keep in mind that we are removing body art that was intended to be permanent, so it may take up to 10 sessions if your tattoo is large or complex.


Tattoos, when they reflect you and are done properly, are a great addition to your body. When they stop representing who you are, they become a nightmare to try to cover up and navigate around. Enquire online about our laser tattoo removal services in Grantham or speak to a member of the team on 01476 550056.