Tattoo Removal

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Tattoo Removal

Here at LaserWise Skin & Beauty Clinic in Cardiff, we have a brand new, high performing, stand-alone Q-Switch Tattoo removal Laser. The sole purpose of this machine is to remove ink particles and/or pigmentation from the skin.

How Does It Work?

During Laser tattoo removal, the ink particles are subjected to very short (nanosecond) bursts of very high energy light. The ink particles absorb this light effectively but because it is such a large amount of energy in such a short period of time, they can’t get rid of the energy fast enough, and instead ‘shatters’ the ink. The fragments of ink are then small enough to be removed by the body’s own white blood cells and lymphatic system, mimicking the natural fading that time or sun exposure would create. Over time and repeated treatment, the tattoo fades and fades until the skin is clear. Even without repeated treatment, the tattoo will continue to fade as your body will carry on breaking the particles down.

Does it hurt?

We normally say if you can put up with having the tattoo in the first place, you will cope with having it removed. People have said it feels like hot pins on the skin, or hot fat being spat at the skin, but luckily at LaserWise, we use a Cryo Cooling machine in conjunction with the Q-Switch laser, which blows out very cold air to keep the skin temperature controlled and reduces any chance of blistering. Without this Cryo Cooler, people are at higher risk of burning and discomfort. We also sell numbing cream which is applied by the client 1 hour prior treatment which takes the edge off the discomfort.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

All clients are advised between 6 – 12 treatments to remove a tattoo. However, this can depend on many factors such as:
• The colour of the tattoo
• The age of the tattoo
• Whether it was a cover up or not
• The ink used in the tattoo
• The size of the tattoo
• The depth of the tattoo
Every person and their tattoo is unique, therefore, we can never predict what the result will be until we start the process. Some people who are only looking to cover up their old tattoo with a new one may only need 1-4 treatments to fade it.

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Will I Scar?

This is a very common question – scarring from laser tattoo removal is very unlikely. The only time a person may scar is if they blistered after a treatment, didn’t look after it and got infected. At LaserWise we always make sure you are comfortable with the treatment, keeping blistering to a minimum. Blistering is more likely to occur with tattoo removal than any other treatment, however, with the use of the Cryo cooler, it becomes very rare. If a client did blister, then as long as they followed their after-care instructions, and kept it clean and dry, scarring would be very unlikely.

How Much Will It Cost?

Every tattoo is unique and prices vary depending on the size, colour, age of the tattoo etc. Prices start from £50, but will be confirmed during a free, no obligation, consultation. You can view our price list here.

How Long Does Each Session Take?

At LaserWise we never want a client to feel rushed, so we give every person a minimum of 30 minutes for treatment. If the tattoo is very large then this time-scale will be extended. Individual treatment sessions are quick as the laser can fire at up to 10 times a second and the area of tattoo can often be covered in matter of minutes. We can adjust the speed to suit you – some people like to go as fast as possible and others like it slower.

If your tattoo contains colours, which require different lasers, then this switch over only takes a few seconds. Our laser machine contains two lasers in one machine, QS 1064 and QS 532. You will need to switch protective glasses for the different lasers.

A small to medium tattoo will be typically given a 30 minute slot of which the actual lasering time will often only be one or two minutes. We give extra time to go through consultation forms and for any questions that may want to be asked. Larger tattoos will be treated in sections e.g. a full back might be treated in quarters.

A given quarter would typically then be given 8 weeks to recover before the next treatment session but you could come back next week and get the next quarter done and so on.

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment, a free of charge consultation is conducted in which a medical history is taken to confirm suitability for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide written consent and a small test patch will be carried out where a £50 is taken and is redeemable on treatment.

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