We've summarised some of the questions we are commonly asked during the laser removal consultation process;

How does laser treatment work?
Tattoo's stay under the skin as the ink particles are too large for the bodies immune system to remove.  The laser passes a short pulse of light through the skin which breaks the ink into smaller particles.  The body's immune system is then able to remove the ink particles naturally.  This is a gradual process and several treatments will be needed.

Does it hurt?
The treatment is uncomfortable.  A popular description is it is like being pinged with an elastic band.

How much does it cost?
The cost of each session depends on the size of the tattoo.  Prices usually start from £30 for an area of 3cm by 3cm (smaller areas or small Indian ink tattoos may be less).  Please feel free to pop in and see us, we will be able to give you a better idea once we have seen your tattoo.

How many sessions will be required?
This is dependent on the actual tattoo and whether you wish to completely remove it or just dull it down to enable a successful cover-up. Tattoo's that are old and faded will be much easier and quicker to remove than a newer black or multi-coloured tattoo.  Sessions are spaced at 4 week intervals.

Can any tattoo be removed?
Unfortunately complete removal can never be guaranteed.  Some colours are harder to remove than others and we will be able to discuss the expected outcome during our initial consultation with you.

How long does a session take?
Treatment sessions can take from 5 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of the tattoo.

Are there any after-effects to the laser treatment?
Redness and swelling may occur, a similar feeling to sunburn, however this will settle within a few days.  Spot bleeding and therefore scabbing is normal.  Some patients may blister, especially those with large areas of compacted dark ink (tribals etc).  We will advise you at the consultation process of these.  You will receive written aftercare instructions following your treatment.  The treated area should not be exposed to strong sunlight or any tanning machines between sessions without the use of complete sunblock (SPF50).

Does the laser treatment leave scarring?
Generally speaking, the laser itself does not cause scarring and the active Q-Switched laser which we use is designed with this in mind. However it is imperative that the aftercare instructions are followed and these will be explained to you.  The area must be allowed to heal naturally, do not rub or pick any scabbing or blistering as this could lead to scarring.  
Sometimes the original tattoo will have caused scar tissue which will become noticeable when the tattoo pigment is removed and we can advise you if we think this will be the case during your consultation.

Is everyone suitable for laser treatment?
No.  There are some medical conditions which mean you may not be treated.  A full medical question will be carried out before treatment commences.  

These are a brief summary of the questions we are commonly asked, however we have prepared a more detailed description of the process in the document below.  In order to gain as much information as you can about the laser removal process please read the BACKGROUND INFORMATION document;

How many sessions to totally remove my tattoo?  We use the attached document to give you an estimate based on the Kirby-Desal Scale.  This is an industry standardised scale that combines a number of factors into giving you a guideline.  However this is only an estimate, what is not known is the type/quality of ink that has been used in your tattoo.  The better quality ink, the harder to remove.  We will be able to give you our assessment at your initial consultation.  

Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare - this is given to you after your first laser treatment.  Please ensure that you follow our advice as it will aid the safe and effective results you desire.  

Phoenix Tattoo & Removal Laser Tattoo Removal Overview


Using lasers for either tattoo removal or tattoo reduction has begun to be seen as the latest revolution in the expanding tattoo industry. Lasers have come a long way since their first uses with the potential to totally remove tattoos satisfactorily without leaving scarring or discernible changes to the skin.  The uses of modern lasers with the correct procedures and aftercare mean that removal and reduction is safe.  Lasering can also be used for fading older and dark tattoos for cover up work, therefore giving you the client more options for the new tattoo.

Phoenix Tattoo & Removal use a Q-Switched ND:YAG laser, which is an actively controlled laser.  These are the most powerful and variable lasers which means that we can target the pigments to be removed with the correct wavelength of light at the correct depth using the correct power.  This is a feature of our lasers which is not found  in the vast majority of other studios who often use cheaper passive or IPL lasers.  

Our laser technicians have been trained with courses approved by the British Laser Medical Association and both male and female technicians are available to administer your treatment.  

We offer our advice freely on the tattoo removal process and offer a free no obligation consultation with patch test.

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