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Tatoo Removal Clinic in London

Tatoo Removal Clinic in London

Tattoo removal is the process in which a tattoo is removed from the body, most commonly by a laser. We often make decisions which we regret, tattoos are a prime example. Oftentimes individuals love the tattoos they received, but other times an unwanted tattoo can become the cause of grief, anxiety and embarrassment. This may be due to several factors including no longer wanting an image or name of someone or something you once felt committed to, or simply a change in style. Tattoos are generally viewed as permanent, but tattoo removal gives you the chance to not wallow in a decision you regret and take action to restore your pre-inked skin. A Laser is the most common method of tattoo removal. The London Dermatology Centre can provide bespoke tattoo removal and finally relieve you of that burden. Our clinic uses the M22 Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser which is a superior technology for tattoo removal. The laser utilises a powerful beam which breaks the tattoo ink down into smaller particles which are absorbed and removed by the body. Furthermore, the Q-switch function allows the treatment to be customised depending on the tattoo. Laser tattoo removal could be the new start you have been looking for.

What is a tattoo?

Tattoos modify the skin when ink is inserted into the dermis layer of the skin (beneath the top layer) with a needle. They are permanent markings unless removed. Dermal macrophages (a type of white blood cell that makes up the immune system) collect and store the ink pigments. This is how tattoos remain in place and visible on the skin. Along with tattoo persistence, dermal macrophages also explain tattoo removal. When a laser breaks down the tattoo into small particles, macrophages can more easily remove them. There are various reasons people may choose to get a tattoo. It may be because an object or symbol has a particular meaning to someone and they wish to mark themselves with that. People also chose to get tattoos as a form of self-expression.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

There are different methods for removing tattoos. At the London Dermatology Centre, we use laser tattoo removal. The energy of the laser breaks down ink particles, thereby reducing the appearance of the tattoo. The laser light breaks the tattoo ink into small pieces when directed onto the skin. These pieces are readily absorbed by the body. In turn, the body removes the ink via the lymphatic system. The tattoo's ink is removed gently.

The sessions required for laser tattoo removal vary from person to person, because tattoos are unique to each individual. Factors that affect the success of tattoo removal include patients’skin colour, the colour of tattoo ink being removed, the depth at which the ink was applied to the skin and the age of the tattoo. Generally, anywhere between 2-10 sessions may be required, more sessions will be required for patients with larger tattoos.

M22 Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser

The London Dermatology Centre uses state-of-the-art equipment for laser tattoo removal, namely the M22 Q-Switch which is used to erase dark ink from the skin. Q-switch refers to the type of pulse created by the laser. Energy is released from the laser in a single and powerful pulse. This is the latest technology in tattoo removal. Unlike older tattoo removal treatment Q-switched lasers can shatter significantly smaller fragments of ink which makes them exceptionally more effective methods for tattoo removal. This laser technology enables the effective removal of dark tattoo ink, such as black and blue ink, whether these were done professionally or non-professionally. The Q-switched technology enables advanced combination treatment because of 7 different spot sizes- ranging from 2mm to 8mm. This results in customised treatments for patients' individual tattoo removal desires and gives better results.

What happens during the procedure?

Your practitioner at the clinic will guide you through the procedure beforehand, ensuring you know what to expect. Tattoo removal can be painful, so it is recommended that you take paracetamol 1 hour beforehand to help ease discomfort. Patients describe feeling a heat sensation on the area whilst being treated, and compare the sensation to a band snapping on the skin. You will be given goggles to wear during the treatment to protect your eyes from the laser. During the treatment your practitioner will hold the handle of the device and direct the laser over the tattoo, thereby removing it.

What happens after the procedure?

After your treatment, you will notice small white circles on the tattooed area. These may turn into redness and swelling, which will dissolve within a day. 24 hours after the procedure a thick crust will begin to appear on the treated tattooed area. Do not be alarmed by this, as this is the skin's natural response to recovery. The crust will fall within 2 weeks. During this period you will slowly begin noticing the fading of the colour and shape of the tattoo. Sessions are spaced 6-8 weeks apart allowing your skin to process the treatment. Results are accumulative- getting rid of the tattoo completely will take multiple sessions.

What are the benefits?

You will receive visible results from the first session and your desired results after a series of treatments. After the first treatment, you will notice a change in the colour density of the tattoo. The Q-switch technology allows for optimal tailoring of tattoo removal depending on the type of tattoo you wish to remove. Furthermore, the Laser is a non-invasive (non-surgical) form of treatment, therefore surgical removal of the tattoo is not required.

Is laser tattoo removal safe?

Unlike some other tattoo removal methods, laser tattoo removal is relatively safe as it avoids damaging the skin while removing the tattoo. The M22 Q-Switch is not recommended for patients who have inflammatory skin conditions, active infections, viral, fungal or bacterial diseases and skin disorders. Side effects include redness, swelling and pigmentation changes. The laser beam only affects the ink and does not harm the surrounding skin. Whereas with older tattoo removal methods, the laser could burn the skin.

What are the reasons for tattoo removal?

Not everybody who gets a tattoo commits to their decisions. Sometimes individuals get tattoos in their teens or young adulthood and regret it later in life when their taste and style change. Furthermore, tattoos may become a source of embarrassment as well as an inconvenience depending on lifestyle factors including the patients’ current or aspiring career. Covering up unwanted tattoos with clothing and makeup can be extremely inconvenient and tiresome. Tattoos that are symbolic of relationships, such as the name of a partner can trouble individuals once the relationship comes to an end.

Here are a few reasons one may decide to undergo tattoo removal

  • Natural looking skin
  • Free of names that no longer have meaning
  • The style of the tattoo may not suit the individual's style or appearance

Conclusion

There are many reasons that one may decide to remove tattoos. Whatever this may be, be it because of regret or a change of heart, the London Dermatology Centre is here to facilitate this journey to removing your tattoos. Tattoos can be done professionally or amateur, by injecting ink into the skin using a needle. Laser tattoo removal is the primary method of removing these otherwise permanent markings. The laser breaks down the ink into smaller pieces and these pieces are removed by the body's lymphatic system. The sessions needed to remove a tattoo vary from individual to individual. Determining factors for the success of tattoo removal include the age of the tattoo, skin colour, and depth of the ink. Using the M22 Q-Switch Nd:YAG laser available at our clinic, you can be sure that you are receiving optimal treatment, conducted by trained professionals, customised to the needs of your desired tattoo removal. Results are visible from the first session. The M22 Q-Switched laser has 7 different spot sizes, ranging from 2mm to 8mm. Thus ensuring that the procedure is customised to the needs of your specific tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal gives you the choice to be free from regretful decisions and embark on a new start. This method is much safer than older laser methods which could burn the skin. 6-8 weeks are required between tattoo removal, to give the body a chance to process the treatment. The M22 Q-Switched laser is a safe and effective method of tattoo removal. Unlike older methods of laser tattoo removal, the skin is not harmed but actually restored, as the laser beam only targets ink, and does not harm the surrounding skin. You will no longer have to strategically cover up tattoos or worry about the implications your tattoo has on your present and future.

If you have any questions regarding our laser tattoo removal treatment, please get in contact with a member of our clinic team and we will be happy to answer any questions you have. We can also book a consultation with one of our top-rated dermatologists.

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