Whether it's partial tattoo removal prior to a cover up or complete removal, St George's Clinic offer the very latest state of the art Quanta Q-switched laser technology. The only 3 wavelength laser to remove all ink colours .
Our Quanta Evo laser is one of the safest and most effective system for tattoo removal yet, and with treatments from just £40.00 per session it's also now affordable.
How does Laser Tattoo Removal work?
Tattoos are formed by introducing ink particles in to the skin. These are too large for the body to break down, so instead it encapsulates them in a network of collagen fibres as the skin heals, trapping the ink and creating the tattoo.
Our laser affects the ink, not your skin. The light hits the ink and breaks up the particles in to smaller pieces. The body then removes them naturally via the your own elimination system.
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You'll notice the difference soon after your first treatment. In many cases, after a sequence of treatments, tattoos can be totally removed.
Why not contact us for a free consultation to discuss your treatment? It's safe and effective.
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 fibres as the skin heals, and there the tattoo remains.
How does the Quanta Evo laser work to remove it?
The laser emits 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 skin (nanoseconds), 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, removing them easily via the body’s own natural elimination system.
Can you treat all colours?
Yes. Our Quanta Evo system is the only 3 wavelength laser which can remove all ink colours completely.
Will the tattoo be removed in one treatment?
No, the light can only shatter a certain amount of ink in one treatment, so several treatments are needed at 2 to 3 month intervals to work through the layers. You will notice the tattoo fades more and more with every treatment you have. A test patch will be performed before a full session goes ahead to check how you react to the treatment. A professional tattoo can take between 5 and 7 treatments although some Indian ink and amateur tattoos can be removed within 3 treatments and sometimes only take 1 or 2. 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?
It is possible, 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.
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Laser tattoo removal - after
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 with 15 minutes. The skin also swells and feels like mild sunburn, this usually disappears within 24-48 hours. The body continues to remove ink after the treatment and the skin is usually back to normal within a week. Full aftercare instructions are given at the consultation.
Are there any side affects?
Sometimes bleeding and/or blistering can occur; again there are varying reasons why this happens. We will adjust the treatment to try to prevent this from happening so the skin can heal properly.
Will the laser treatment scar my skin?
No. If bleeding or blistering does occur it is very important not to pick any scabs that may result when the skin is healing – this could cause scarring, and should be avoided as scar tissue can make further treatments more difficult.
How much will it cost?
Prices generally start from £40 for a very small tattoo and increase in amount depending on the size of the tattoo. We will be able to give you a personal quote once we have assessed your tattoo in the consultation.
How long will the treatment take?
Treatment can take between 5 minutes to 20 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo. Large tattoos will need to be treated in several separate appointments to prevent too much trauma happening to the skin in one session.
Does it hurt?
The treatment feels similar to an elastic band being snapped at the skin and is easily tolerated by most people without any need for anaesthetic. Ice packs can be used before and after treatment.