Your tattoo doesn't have to be for life. Whatever your reason for wanting to remove it - we can help.
We can treat black, blue, red and green ink tattoos using our Candela Q-switched AlexTriVantage laser. Unlike salon systems which can only reduce tattoos our medical laser is powerful enough to remove them.
How painful is laser tattoo removal?
Generally laser tattoo removal is no more painful than having the tattoo in the first place. Any discomfort comes from the build up of heat in your skin during a long procedure, so we have an iCool system which you can use to blast cold air on to the treatment area, as our practitioner works, to improve your comfort.
How long does it take to remove a tattoo?
Every tattoo is unique, so the number of treatments depends on the size of the tattoo, the quality of the inks used and the depth the ink was placed in the skin. Most tattoos take between 8 to 12 treatments. Each treatment needs to be spaced 6-8 weeks apart to allow the skin to heal.
Can you guarantee to remove my tattoo?
Nobody can make such a guarantee, because so much depends on the quality of the inks used by the tattooist. Tattoo cover-ups can be more difficult due to a mixture of inks. However, our Q-switched AlexTriVantage laser is recognised as one of the world's most efficient tattoo removal lasers.
Can you treat all ink colours?
Unlike many other solutions our laser effectively removes black, blue, red and green ink which means we can treat most tattoos.
What can you expect after each treatment?
Immediately after treatment there should be a slight frosting on the treated area. Redness, swelling and pinpoint bleeding may also occur.
A Bactigras dressing will be applied over the treated area after treatment and should not be removed or allowed to become wet for 24 hours. You may apply a cool dry compress on top of the dressing to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.
Many people develop blisters, crusts or scabs within 8-72 hours which may last for 1-2 weeks. Blister fluid can look dark or coloured, however this is due to the tattoo pigment and is nothing to worry about. Do not pick at blisters or scabs as this may result in infection and scarring. Any blistered area should be cleansed twice daily with warm water and mild soap and then patted dry. Vaseline can be applied to the area to prevent the risk of infection.
Avoid contact sports or activities which risk causing injury to the treated area.
Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools are not recommended until any blisters or scabs are completely healed. When having a shower avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area.
After 7 days (provided your skin is blister free) you can use Bio-Oil twice daily until the next laser treatment to reduce the risk of scarring.
Avoid direct sun exposure to the treatment area to reduce the chance of hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) and always use sun block SPF 50 throughout the course of your treatment.
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Laser tattoo removal
What personal restrictions apply during the course?
Multiple treatments will be required to remove your tattoo. During your course of treatments it is essential that you avoid direct sun exposure on the treated tattoo and for 1 month after your final treatment. This includes sunbathing and tanning salons. In addition when the treated area is not covered by clothing you must protect the skin with sunscreen SPF50.
For your safety we cannot treat tanned skin (this includes the use of self-tanning products). Should you turn up to a laser appointment with tanned skin we will not treat you for safety reasons, but you will still be charged.
Anne discusses why she wanted to remove her tattoo and how she found the experience.
Tattoo removal before and after photos
The tattoos below require another 4 treatments over 6 months
What risks are associated with the treatment?
Common temporary side effects include reddening, bruising, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, blistering, crusting, hypo-pigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin). By following your aftercare instructions these temporary side effects will resolve in 1-2 weeks.
Rare side effects include scarring and permanent skin discolouration. The risk of rare side effects is increased if you do not follow aftercare instructions scratch / pick blisters or expose the treated area to direct sunlight during recovery periods.
Anne was 17 when she got a rose tattooed on her shoulder. She never liked it and now she is getting married she wants to say goodbye to the past.
How do I find out if this treatment is suitable for me?
To find out which are the most suitable treatment options for your concern - arrange a consultation with our team. Your practitioner will examine your concern, check your medical history and then recommend an appropriate, tailored treatment plan whilst informing you of any associated risks and costs. To ensure we deliver the best service, and for your safety, you must have a consultation before you can start a treatment.
Consultations take 30 minutes, including any required test patches or skin analysis and cost £25. All consultation are conducted by doctors, nurses or aestheticians as appropriate to the treatment that interests you. You will never be seen or pressurised by sales staff as we do not employ them.
Call 0131 226 9610 to book your consultation or click here to request a call back.
How to do I check that Face & Body is a safe and professional treatment provider?
Face & Body is annually inspected by Healthcare Improvement Scotland who regulate independent hospitals, hospices and clinics in Scotland. The inspections examine our team, treatments and clinical environment, so that you have the invaluable assurance that you are in safe hands that use safe products in a safe environment.
We are also accredited with Save Face who independently check and verify patient feedback, which they publish on their website, so you can read exactly what past patients feel about our service.