The Laser Room at Obsession Tattoo Studio
We are very pleased to be able to offer Laser Tattoo Removal at our studio. Whether you want a tattoo completely removed or (like many of our customers) you want to lighten an old tattoo before covering with something bigger and better, we would love to help.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
It is probably best to begin by explaining why the tattoo ink stays in the skin. When you have a tattoo the particles of ink are too large for the body to dispose of, so instead it encapsulates the particles of ink within a network of collagen fibre, meaning that the ink stays put.
How does the YAG laser work to remove it?
The laser emits a pulse of light that is preferentially absorbed into certain colours of ink. The light enters the skin at a speed that is too fast to heat the tissues (billionths of a second), instead, it produces a ‘shock wave’ effect and breaks up the ink particles into smaller pieces. The body then recognises these particles as something that should not be there and attacks it. The particles are then removed naturally via the body’s own elimination system.
Can you treat all colours?
No. Light is measured in nanometres and there are two wavelengths of light that are emitted from our laser. One is invisible infrared light (1064nm) and the other is visible green light (532nm). The infrared wavelength is preferably absorbed into black and dark blue inks, whereas the green light is absorbed by red ink. It is possible to treat some other colours although white, yellow and bright colours are difficult. This is not usually a problem however, as lighter colours cover very easily. If you wish to cover- up an existing tattoo then the darker colours will be faded or removed, allowing you greater choice of size and colour of the cover-up design you choose.
How much will laser tattoo removal cost?
During your consultation and test patch, we will assess your tattoo and give you a per session price. Prices start at £50 per session.
How many sessions will it take to remove my tattoo?
Unfortunately, due to the nature of this procedure, it is impossible to predict exactly how many treatments it will take for complete results. It could take as little as 3 treatments for an amateur tattoo or as many as 10+ treatments for a professionally applied tattoo. How quickly your tattoo fades also depends upon several factors, such as the colours in your tattoo, the type of ink used and how your body responds to the treatment.
How often can I have a session?
Your body needs time to break down the tattoo ink pigments after each laser session. This is a slow process, therefore you will typically schedule each session for a minimum of 6 weeks apart. Larger tattoos can have separate areas treated at 2 week intervals, (giving each area the full 6 week break).
What will my skin look like after each treatment?
Your skin will most likely be red and feel like it has mild sunburn. This typically goes away after a couple of hours. There may also be some bruising. At times and with certain inks, there may be mild blistering that usually heals in about a week. After each treatment you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your treated area.
Will the laser tattoo removal hurt?
Clients have reported that laser tattoo removal feels like a rubber band snapping quickly on your skin. Others have said it felt no worse than when they initially had the tattoo done.
How do I arrange a session?
Before your Session
It is important to consider that you will need to avoid exposure to sunlight and sun-beds for at least 2 weeks before a treatment, and avoid self-tanning products for at least one week prior to your session.
Considerations for after your session.
For 48 hours after your session you must avoid the following:
- Restrictive clothing or excessive friction of the area.
- Applying body lotions, perfume, make up or deodorant.
- Excessive exercise or hot baths/Jacuzzis.
- Do not lie in the sun or use sunbeams.
- You will need to use a high SPF sun cream for use on the treated area..