Laser Tattoo Removal
Watch unwanted tattoos and semi-permanent makeup disappear with our AW3 clinically proven ND YAG Q switch laser tattoo removal technology. Our safe and pain free method removes even the darkest of tattoos safely and effectively, with minimised pain and next to no scarring or skin damage.
Tattoo’s involved tattoo pigment being injected into the lower layers of the skin called the dermis, and is locked in by collagen fibres. This means that tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to break down and remove naturally. Using our ND YAG Q switch laser tattoo removal technology, the tattoo ink selectively absorbs the laser energy to help with effective tattoo removal. The selective absorption ensures surrounding skin does not over heat and there is no lasting damage what so ever.
Q-switched lasers produce a high intensity beam in very short pulses, generating heat that shatters the tattoo pigment into small particles which the body can remove through lymphatic drainage. This treatment is highly effective and can remove even the most stubborn of tattoos.
ND YAG stands for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet which is a crystal that is used as a medium for laser treatments, in Q Switch mode ND YAG produces 2 wavelengths, one in the infrared range 1064nm which works on dark pigments and a second beam of 532nm wavelength which works on lighter coloured pigments and semi-permanent make up, such as brows or lip tattoos.
- Removes all tattoos, including coloured.
- Suitable for all skin types and complexion.
- Well recognised laser technology.
Patch test & Consultation
By law, a patch test and full consultation is mandatory to ensure you are medically suitable to undergo the laser treatment and must be carried out at least 1 week prior to your treatment. Please get into contact to book your free patch test with Icon Inspire.
Pre and post care
There are certain precautions you must undertake when booking in for our laser treatments to ensure you are get the best result.
- You MUST avoid tanning (sun, self-tan or sunbed) 30 days before and after the treatment.
- Some medical conditions may prevent you having the treatment like or will require written consent by your GP. This can easily be discussed during your consultation.
What to expect?
It is common for the area to feel slightly warm and to experience some redness, swelling and tenderness which may appear immediately or a few days post treatment.
The use of 100% aloe vera gel is recommended directly after treatment and for a further few days if necessary. Each skin type is different, and will be dependant on tattoo sizing and area.
An ice-cold compress can be applied if the area feels hot and uncomfortable.
The amount of pain felt will depend on the type of tattoo, the amount of treatment required and your own pain threshold. Every skin type is different. Some clients describe the sensation as ‘no more than uncomfortable’, where others will describe it as an ‘elastic band flicked against your skin.’ We can offer advice on pain relief, which will be given during your pre assessment/consultation.
You’ll see a reduction after the first treatment, but it could take between 4 to 8 treatments with intervals of 6 weeks between treatments to completely remove the tattoo, depending on the ink colour and how deep the tattoo is in the skin. For some clients, more sessions may be necessary for complete removal.
Since all tattoos are not the same in terms of colour, depth of ink deposition as well as their chemical composition, some may respond differently. Black, red, dark orange and dark blue tattoos typically respond better to treatment with laser. However, brown, purple, green, light orange, neon, and light blue colours are harder to remove and will require more sessions. This again can easily be discussed during the consultation.
This is dependant on the size of the tattoo. A small tattoo takes around 5 minutes, whereas larger or multiple tattoos could take an hour or more.
There is always a small risk of scars with the use of any laser. However in most cases, scarring is not a significant risk for tattoo removal whilst using our ND YAG laser. There is a past association with scarring because previous laser technology used to remove tattoos were very aggressive and carried a high risk of scarring. Using our new and innovative technology, skin surrounding the tattoo is not significantly heated and therefore scarring is greatly reduced. The risk of scarring is mainly associated with a genetic pre-disposition to forming scar tissue. To reduce the risk, we carry out extensive medical evaluation to identify high-risk clients. Scarring can occur if aftercare is not followed correctly.
The AW3 tattoo removal machines are very well-trusted and used in clinics worldwide, including the NHS. Laser tattoo removal is suitable for all skin types as long as you’re in good health and do not have hypo/hyper-pigmentation, tanned or Keloid scarring in your family or personal history.