Spectrum Tattoo removal will remove your tattoo effectively and without any scarring or discolouration of the skin. The laser emits a pulse of light that is preferentially absorbed into certain colours of ink.
Avoid exposing the area being treated to sunlight and sun-beds for at least 4 weeks. If the tattooed area is covered by hair, please shave the area 1 day before treatment. Do not apply any self-tanning products for 1 week prior to treatment.
Clients should notify the studio of any change in medical conditions, medication or pregnancy.
48 hours after treatment
Avoid restrictive clothing or excessive friction of the area. Avoid hot baths or getting the area wet Avoid heat treatments such as saunas and steam rooms as well as Jacuzzis. Avoid going swimming as chemicals in the water may cause a skin reaction. Do not lie in the sun or use sun beds as this activates the melanin in the skin and can lead to pigmentation marks. If the area treated feels tender or warm, apply a cold compress if necessary. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Do not apply any creams/lotions to the area other than those recommended by your laser operator.
Will the laser treatment scar my skin?
No, however it is very important that if any bleeding or blistering does occur, that you not pick any scabs during the healing process as this could cause scar tissue and make further treatments more difficult.
How much will it cost?
Prices generally start from £50 per session for a small tattoo, the amount will increase depending on the size of the tattoo, your laser operator will be able to give you a personal quote once they have assessed your tattoo in the consultation.
How long will the treatment take?
Treatment can take between 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. Large tattoos may need to be treated in 2 separate appointments.
Why does the ink stay in the skin when you have a tattoo?
When you have a tattoo the particles of ink are too large for the body to destroy, so instead it encapsulates the particles of ink with a network of collagen fibers as the skin heals and there the tattoo remains.
How does the Spectrum 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 shouldn’t be there and attacks them. The particles are then removed naturally via the body’s own elimination system.
Does tattoo removal hurt?
The treatment is uncomfortable, a popular description is that it is like being pinged with an elastic band. Prior to treatment Emla cream can be applied to numb the area being treated, this minimises any discomfort and it is advised to use a cold compress afterwards.
Will the tattoo be removed in one treatment?
No, the laser can only shatter a certain amount of ink in one treatment, so several treatments are needed at 4 to 6 week intervals to work through the layers. You will notice the tattoo fades more and more with each treatment you have. A professional multi-coloured tattoo could take between 10-20 treatments, although a single colour professional tattoo could be removed in as little as 4 – 6 sessions, amateur tattoos will take significantly less time. There are several factors that influence the number of treatments required, these can be down to how easily you heal, how deep the ink is in the skin, and the types of ink that were used. Generally speaking, the longer you have had the tattoo and the darker it is, the easier it is to remove.
Will my tattoo disappear completely?
In most cases it will, but we cannot guarantee that your tattoo will be removed completely, this is due to the same factors that affect the number of treatments required, such as the depth of ink in the skin, type of ink, healing ability etc. Certain areas may contain deeper ‘pockets’ of ink that are very difficult to remove.
Why is it difficult to treat some colours more than others?
The different wavelengths of light emitted from the laser are absorbed in varying degrees by different ink particles. Certain ink pigments react well to the wavelengths of light the laser machine produces whilst others not so much. Producing a single laser that can deal with all colour pigments completely would be simply impossible. The reasons for this are that some wavelengths of light cannot penetrate deep enough into the skin whilst others can penetrate too far and damage the skin. Some coloured inks contain heavy metal particles that can react with the laser. These heavy metals carbonise and turn the pigment black making the altered ink very difficult to remove.
What happens to my skin after treatment?
The immediate after effect of the treatment is that the skin turns temporarily white, this is due to water evaporation and disappears within an hour. Redness and swelling may occur, similar to sunburn. This settles within a few days. Some patients may blister, which is quite normal. Blistering does not require treatment and will usually clear within days. The body continues to remove ink after the treatment and the skin is usually back to normal within 2-4 days. Full aftercare instructions will be discussed and given to you by the laser operator at the consultation.
Are there any side affects?
Sometimes bleeding and/or blistering can occur. Again, there are varying reasons why this happens but it can be due to high concentrations of ink in the skin, like when treating a cover-up for example. The laser operator will adjust the treatment to try and prevent this from happening so the skin can heal properly.