Laser Tattoo Removal London

Laser Tattoo Removal In London

Tattoos are designed to be a permanent piece of body art. The pigments used are injected deep into the lower layers of your skin, where they are held in place by a network of collagen fibres. This makes the physical removal of tattoos complex and damaging to the surrounding tissue, with the potential to cause extensive scarring.

We offer laser tattoo removal which can remove a tattoo with minimal risk to damage or long-term scarring. Our laser tattoo removal appointments are carried out at our London skin clinic near Harley Street.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal uses short pulses of high energy light to heat up and break down the tattoo pigments into smaller particles, which are then removed by your own immune system. It does not involve cutting into the skin and so does not cause scarring.

Our Consultant Dermatologists are experts in using medical dermatological lasers to perform many procedures, including laser tattoo removal. The Devonshire Clinic ensures that your procedure is carried out in a safe and controlled environment.

About the lasers we use to remove tattoos

Older lasers had a poor reputation for causing scarring because they overheated the skin around the tattoo site. Modern lasers have eliminated this problem.

Tattoo removal conducted at our London clinic is performed using a state-of-the-art Q-switched Nd YAG laser, which causes less heating in the surrounding skin tissue and which therefore carries a much lower risk of scarring.

Please note that even with the best laser equipment, green, yellow and orange pigments are often resistant to treatment and so we may not be able to completely remove your tattoo if it is rich in these pigments.

How long does laser tattoo removal take?

There is no standard tattoo, so there is no standard treatment time, but as a rule, the simpler the tattoo, the fewer treatments will be required. For example, a small tattoo with simple pigments can take anything from 1-10 treatments, whereas more complex tattoos can take up to 20 removal treatments or more.

The process is lengthened by the need to wait for the previous treatment to heal before your next round. This can take four to six weeks, extending the average tattoo removal process to around a year or more in some cases.

We are able to give you an estimate for the number of treatments your tattoo will require, based on a personal examination, but even then, we will not be able to say for certain until we see how your individual tattoo and skin type responds.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

The pain level of laser tattoo removal varies from person to person, from a slight stinging sensation to a more uncomfortable burning. However, tattoo removal is somewhat less painful than having the original tattoo.

Will I be left with a scar?

The treated area is likely to blister and scab following each laser removal treatment, and the skin around the treatment area may appear shiny for a few weeks. Both effects are temporary and will fade, but you will not be able to have further treatment until your skin recovers.

Laser tattoo removal is unlikely to leave a permanent scar, although there is a risk that the surrounding skin may be left with less natural colouring. The natural pigment may recover after a few months, or even years, but in some cases, this de-pigmentation may be permanent.

Is laser tattoo removal safe?

Laser tattoo removal is a well established and safe procedure if it is performed by professionals with the very latest equipment. Thousands of laser tattoo removal treatments have been supervised by Dr. Perrett alone and millions more are performed worldwide every year.

Safe & Effective Tattoo Removal

The Devonshire Clinic provides laser tattoo removal to patients in London and across the UK. Tattoos are designed to be permanent pieces of body art. The pigments used are injected deep into the lower layers of the skin, where they are held in place by a network of collagen fibres. This makes the physical removal of tattoos complex and damaging to the surrounding tissue, with the potential to cause extensive scarring. Laser tattoo removal can remove a tattoo with minimal risk and long-term scarring.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Laser tattoo removal uses short pulses of high-energy light to heat up and break down the tattoo pigments into smaller particles, which are then removed by your immune system. It does not involve cutting into the skin and does not cause scarring. Our Consultant Dermatologists are experts in using lasers to perform many procedures, including laser tattoo removal. The Devonshire Clinic ensures that your procedure is carried out in a safe and controlled environment.

Our Professional-Grade Tattoo Removal Lasers

Older lasers had a poor reputation for causing scarring because they overheated the skin around the tattoo site. Modern lasers have eliminated this problem. Tattoo removal conducted at our London clinic is performed using a state-of-the-art Q-switched Nd YAG laser, which causes less heating in the surrounding skin tissue and which therefore carries a much lower risk of scarring. Please note that even with the best laser equipment, green, yellow, and orange pigments are often resistant to treatment, so we may not be able to completely remove your tattoo if it is rich in these pigments.

The Benefits of Laser Tattoo Removal

If you have a unwanted tattoo, you may wish to consider laser tattoo removal as a treatment option. The benefits of laser tattoo removal include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Minimal Scarring – The lasers used in this procedure are designed to leave healthy skin cells alone, meaning that the potential for scarring is relatively low.
  • Effective Fading – Laser tattoo removal treatment can effectively diminish the appearance of unwanted tattoos without any long-term, damaging effects.
  • Minimal Recovery – There are minimal side effects of laser tattoo removal. After treatment, you may experience a small amount of tenderness and redness, which should only last a few days.
  • Safe Method – If you’re looking to have a tattoo removed, laser tattoo removal is one of the safest ways to accomplish it. The risk of infection is minimal and so are side effects.

How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?

There is no standard tattoo, so there is no standard treatment time, but as a rule, the simpler the tattoo, the fewer treatments will be required. For example, a small tattoo with simple pigments can take one to 10 treatments. In contrast, more complex tattoos can take up to 20 removal treatments or more. The process is lengthened by the need to wait for the previous treatment to heal before your next round. This can take four to six weeks, extending the average tattoo removal process to around a year or more in some cases. We can give you an estimate for the number of treatments your tattoo will require based on a personal examination.

What Happens at the First Treatment Session?

During your first laser tattoo removal treatment session, the laser will pass over the tattoo as it targets and breaks down the ink below the skin’s surface. The skin will frost or blister and may swell slightly. Tiny pinpricks of blood may also appear. Frosting occurs due to tiny gas bubbles rising to the skin’s surface, enabling the breakdown of the tattoo’s pigment. It is harmless. After the treatment area has been covered by the laser, your tattoo will be wrapped to protect it.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

The pain level of laser tattoo removal varies from person to person, from a slight stinging sensation to a more uncomfortable burning. However, laser tattoo removal is less painful than getting a tattoo.

Will Laser Tattoo Removal Leave Scarring?

The treated area is likely to blister and scab following each laser removal treatment. The skin around the treatment area may appear shiny for a few weeks. Both effects are temporary and will fade, but you will not have further treatment until your skin recovers. Treatment is unlikely to leave a permanent scar. However, there is a risk that the surrounding skin may be left with less natural colouring. The natural pigment may recover after a few months or even years, but sometimes, it won’t.

Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?

Laser tattoo removal is a well-established and safe procedure if professionals with the latest equipment perform it. Thousands of laser tattoo removal treatments have been supervised by Dr. Perrett alone, and millions more are performed worldwide every year.

Is it Safe to Swim After Laser Tattoo Removal?

While it is perfectly safe to swim before laser tattoo removal, it is not recommended to swim immediately afterwards. It’s advised that patients wait at least 72 hours before swimming after laser tattoo removal treatment. We also suggest that patients try can refrain from getting the treatment area wet with water that may be too hot or unclean.

Contact The Devonshire Clinic Today

If you have a tattoo that you want to remove, the professional team at The Devonshire Clinic can help. Our laser tattoo removal appointments are carried out at our London skin clinic near Harley Street. They are supervised by our very own Dr. Perrett, who has led thousands of laser tattoo removal treatments over the years. In addition to laser tattoo removal, we offer a wide range of medical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology services. Contact us at our London clinic today if you have a general inquiry, are looking to schedule an appointment, or would like to refer a patient.

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