Laser tattoo removal
Unwanted tattoos can be removed gradually over a series of sessions using a laser.
Our RevLite Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser produces rapid, short pulse widths of energy – this limits the healthy skin’s exposure to heat which makes treatments safe and fast. The laser vibrates the ink and breaks it down into tiny fragments. These are then removed by your body's own cells and safely passed out of the body.
Your tattoo will require multiple sessions before it’s fully removed. The amount of sessions or treatments depends on how large your tattoo is, what sort of ink has been used and the length of time between your sessions. As a rough guide a ‘professional’ tattoo will need between 8 and 12 sessions whereas an ‘amateur’ tattoo might only require between 3 and 6. We will be able to give you a more accurate idea of the number of sessions required at your initial consultation.
What does it involve?
You will need to attend for an initial consultation. We will assess your skin type and tattoo so we can give you a more accurate price and estimate number of treatments. RevLite laser is not suitable for patients with skin type V or VI.
If you have hair on the area of skin to be treated, you’d need to shave before your treatment appointment. During the treatment you will wear specially designed goggles to protect your eyes.
We use a hand piece which lightly touches your skin to direct the laser. The feeling of each short pulse is usually described as feeling like the ‘snap’ of a rubber band on the skin. In the vast majority of cases, having a tattoo removed using the RevLite laser is less painful or at worst – only the same – as having the tattoo done.
The sessions usually take take about 10-30 minutes, depending on the size of the tattoo.
The tattoo should become progressively lighter with each treatment, but it's a long, slow process.
Moisturiser is applied afterwards, and we may cover the area with a bandage or patch.
The skin may be red with a raised rash for a short while afterwards. Holding an ice pack to the skin for no longer than 5 minutes may help (try a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel).
Your skin is more sensitive to UV light after treatment, so you need to avoid sun exposure and tanning beds afterwards, and use sunscreen. You should also avoid swimming or saunas until any broken areas of skin are healed and scabs have gone.
As treatment sessions progress, the skin may bleed or blister slightly before scabbing over for about a week.
It may help to regularly apply moisturiser and or Vaseline.
We recommend a gap of 6 - 12 weeks between treatments to allow the body time to break down the inks and remove the waste.
- It can be a frustratingly slow process: we will not treat a tattoo again within 6 weeks of the previous treatment.
- Although the RevLite SI is at the peak of laser treatment, some tattoos are not entirely removed – you maybe left with some fragments of colour.
- Some colours don’t fade as well as others.
Tattoo removal is not recommended for people with dark skin, a suntan or fake tan. It's not suitable if you’re in the early stages of pregnancy, although there are no known risks for women who are breastfeeding.
The cost of our nurse led service is detailed below. Prices are per treatment.
Initial consultation - FREE
Patch test – £50
Very small (up to 2.5cm sq) – £85
Small (up to 5cm sq) – £130
Medium (up 10cm sq) – £200
Large (up to 15cm sq) – £300
Extra large (up to 25cm sq) – £500
Over 25cm sq - price on request