Laser Tattoo Removal In London
Tattoo removal is any method of removing a tattoo from the skin. There is an extensive range of tattoo removal methods out there including dermabrasion, TCA (acid), excision and of course laser, of which there are various types.
Laser tattoo removal works by pulsing laser light into the tattoo which shatters the ink into tiny pieces, the body spots these particles as a foreign substance and removes the minute ink particles using the natural detoxification processes. Laser tattoo removal does not damage the skin, like excision, dermabrasion and acid.
Traditional lasers known as Q-switched lasers have been around for a while but the newer PicoSure and PicoWay lasers are a breakthrough in laser tattoo removal, allowing all tattoos to be removed.
Some of the benefits of Picosure & PicoWay laser tattoo removal:
- Less painful treatments
- Effective on all colours of tattoo, even greens and blues
- Less treatments required; the whole tattoo can be removed in as little as 4 treatments.
- Smaller gap required between treatments, as little as 4-8 weeks.
Conventional Q-switched tattoo removal lasers were a big advance in tattoo removal but they rely heavily on a type of photo-thermal energy to target the pigment of the tattoo. While they do remove a tattoo successfully, gaps between treatments need to be from six weeks to two months apart, and it usually takes anything from 10-20 treatments to fully remove a tattoo. Additionally they were not always effective on certain inks, such as greens and blues and the heat occasionally causes damage to the surrounding tissue.
The latest advance in laser tattoo removal is the PicoSure & PicoWay lasers, our clinics have both of these advanced lasers. Rather than using photo-thermal technology, they use photo-mechanical pico-second technology. This powerful technology erases a tattoo in as little as 4-8 treatments, with gaps of only 4-8 weeks required. With no thermal energy used the damage to surrounding tissue is extremely uncommon, and even the tough green and blue inks can be removed.