Tattoo Removal Cardiff

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Our team at Laserwise Clinic Cardiff provides affordable laser tattoo removal services for our clients.

Tattoo Removal in Cardiff

Here at LaserWise Skin & Beauty Clinic in Cardiff, we use a high performing, Quanta Q Plus A Q-Switch Laser. This high powered Tattoo Removal Machine uses two wavelengths – 1064nm & 532nm which allows us to remove ink from all skin types safely and effectively. The sole purpose of this machine is to remove ink particles and/or pigmentation from the skin.

How Does It Work?

The reason tattoos last forever is because the ink molecules are too large for our bodies to break down. 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 Tattoo removal hurt?

We normally say if you can tolerate having the tattoo in the first place, you will cope with having it removed. People describe it like hot pins on the skin, or hot fat being spat at the skin, but luckily at LaserWise, we use our 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, discomfort & scarring. Numbing cream can also be applied 1 hour prior to your treatment to help reduce the discomfort.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Tattoo Removal is a long process. All clients are advised 6 – 12 treatments on average are required to remove a tattoo. These treatments are carried out every 8 weeks, which means 1 – 2 years are needed to remove a tattoo. This, however, depends 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
• The body part the tattoo is located
Every person and their tattoo is unique, therefore, we can never predict what the result will be until we start the process. People who are looking to cover up their old tattoo may only need 1-4 treatments to fade it, your tattoo artist will advise you on this.

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Will I Scar from Tattoo Removal?

This is a very common question – scarring from laser tattoo removal is very unlikely. The only time a person may scar is if a blister occurred that became infected and untreated. At LaserWise we always make sure you are comfortable with the treatment with our Cryo Cooler, keeping blistering to a minimum. Blistering is more likely to occur with tattoo removal than any other treatment due to it being a high-powered laser. If a client blisters, following our after-care instructions will ensure the blister will be kept clean, scab and heal quickly, therefore scarring being very unlikely & rare.

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 £60, but will give you your quotation during your 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 our laser can fire 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. If your tattoo contains colours, requiring the use of different wavelengths, then this switch over takes a few seconds. Our laser contains two wavelengths in one machine, Q-Switch 1064 for black ink and Q-Switch 532 for red ink.

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 such as full sleeves are preferably treated in 2 sections over 2 appointments. This is to reduce the amount of swelling to the limb.

What Can I Expect During My Consultation

When you book your consultation at LaserWise Skin & Beauty Clinic, a £50 deposit will be taken to secure your appointment which is redeemable off your treatment if you decide to go ahead We will email a medical form for you to complete before your first appointment. During your consultation, your medical forms will be checked thoroughly by one of our senior laser practitioners to ensure you are suitable for laser treatment. The process will be explained in depth and we will tell you all the information you need to know such as cost, aftercare etc. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Once you are happy to continue, a patch test will be carried out by your selected laser practitioner, on the area(s) to be treated. You are now ready to start your Tattoo Removal journey with us.

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