First of all we need to do a detailed consultation to ensure you are able to have the laser skin treatment. I will talk to you about any medications you may be on, whether you are on blood thinners etc. How long you have had the tattoo, whether you want it partially or fully removed. You can also use this time to ask me as many questions as you wish about the laser procedure treatment too.
At the end of the consultation you will have a clear understanding about what is going to happen and I will know if it is safe to proceed your laser tattoo removal treatment.
You may wish to put some numbing cream on the area first, I recommend EMLA numbing cream as it has 5% of Lidocaine the recognised correct percentage in this formula.
Also if the area where the tattoo is hairy its best to shave 6 - 12 hours in advance of the treatment, please be careful not to break the skin when doing this.
I will come to you house or if you prefer you can come to my address in Papcastle, Cockermouth. If I come to you please ensure there are no pets or children in the room. If you are a lady on your own you may feel more comfortable if you have somebody else in your house as I am aware I am a strange man coming into your house.
I will then clean the tattoo and set up my Q-Switched Nd YAG Laser machine to the correct settings to get the best removal result for you.
It’s very important that you don’t at any stage look at the laser no matter how tempting it may be.
So then if we are both ready I will start the treatment using the laser machine on your tattoo. I will take breaks during this to see how you are and if you are happy for me to continue. Your welfare is always my priority.
There will be some discomfort for you as I use the machine, most of my customers say it’s not as bad as they thought it would be, at worst it will be like hot wax on your skin.
The Laser machine penetrates the Epidermis layer of skin into the Dermis layer where the ink is sitting. It then breaks up the Ink but does not remove it.
Once I have finished we might see some frosting on the top of your skin. One in ten clients sometimes has a small amount of surface bleeding after the treatment, if this is the case with you I will clean and dress the tattoo with a small bandage.
I like to stay with you for thirty minutes after the treatment to make sure you are all ok and talk about what will happen next and what you can expect.
Please do not plan any vigorous exercise for the rest of the day. Your lymphatic system will then over the next four weeks remove ink from the area of the tattoo. If your tattoo is on an extremity like fingers or toes this takes longer than on an area like a shoulder or thigh.
Most tattoos take 3-6 treatments to remove, dark colours like black or dark greens remove more quickly than lighter colours like yellow, but I will be able to remove all of your tattoo regardless.
If you are looking to get a new tattoo put in the same place you must allow time for your collagen to grow back. I also suggest you regularly show your removal to your tattoo artist as they might say, “yep it’s removed enough for me to work on now” and this can save you money not needing further treatments with me.