How does the laser treatment work?
Tattoo's stay under the skin as the ink particles are too large for the body's immune system to remove. Your treating clinician will use state of the art lasers to direct a short pulse of high energy light though the skin to breaks up the ink particles. The body's immune system is then able to remove the ink particles naturally. This is a gradual process and several treatments will be needed.
Is it safe?
Yes, at steelpoint we take the safety of our clients and clinicians very seriously. We are professionally trained in the safe use of our specific machines and high pulse lasers, in general. we routinely check medical history at consultation, to ensure treatment is safe for individual patients. We also follow HSE ( health and safety executive ) guidelines for optical radiation safety. We pride ourselves on a gold standard in both treatment and safety.
Does it hurt?
The treatment is uncomfortable, a popular description is it like being pinged with an elastic band. During treatment with the laser the area is cooled, this minimises any discomfort and a cold compress is applied afterwards.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each session depends on the size and colour of the tattoo. Prices start from ___ per session. Please feel free to come in for a consultation and we will be able to give you a price for your course of treatment once we have seen your tattoo.
How many sessions will be required?
This is dependent on the actual tattoo and whether you wish to completely remove it or just dull it down to enable a successful cover-up. Tattoos that are old and faded will be much easier and quicker to remove than a newer black or multi-coloured tattoo.
Will I see a change in my tattoo after each treatment?
Because each person and every tattoo is unique, everyone responds to laser tattoo removal treatments differently. Some people notice a distinct visual change with every single treatment, while others people may not see any change for a few treatments. When you follow our clinical staff's advice, you ensure yourself the best results as soon as possible
Can any tattoo be removed?
Unfortunately complete removal can never be guaranteed. Some colours are harder to remove than others and we will be able discuss the expected outcome during the initial consultation with you.
How long does a session take?
Treatment sessions can take from 5 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo.
Are there any after-affects to the laser treatment?
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. You will receive written aftercare following your treatment, and we are always happy to discuss any problems or examine the treatment area if you are worried. The treated area should not be exposed to strong sunlight between sessions without the use of sunblock (SPF 50)
Does the laser treatment leave any scars?
Generally speaking, laser treatment does not cause scarring and the active Q switched laser which we use is designed with this in mind. It is important that the aftercare is followed and this will be explained to the client. Sometimes the original tattoo will have caused scar tissue which will become noticeable when the tattoo pigment is removed and we can advise as to this situation prior to removal. There is normally no lasting damage to the skin. Very occasionally, mild changes in skin texture and colour may occur. There can be a change in pigment colour which usually returns to normal after 6 - 12 months.
Is everyone suitable for laser treatment?
No. There are some medical conditions that mean you may not be treated. For example if you have ever had any gold medications/injections, have lupus disease (incurable immune system illness), are currently pregnant or use / have used St Johns Wort, Roaccutane or Retin A. Our clinicians will request the relevant medical history, before any laser treatment is carried out and we will be able to discuss any concerns you have.
Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are best to avoid disappointment. A consultation and test patch is required for all new tattoos.