Tattoo Removal

The PicoSure laser brings you the most exciting breakthrough in laser removal for 20 years. It may be you regret the tattoo you once loved and want it completely gone. Or possibly, your tastes have changed and you want a clean canvas for re-inking. Sometimes you just need a small modification to that almost-perfect artwork. At Claritas, we have the technology and skill to offer whatever result is desired.

Using PicoSure

  • Fewer treatment sessions than with traditional lasers. With the PicoSure, you are likely to need 3-8 sessions to remove your tattoo, leaving behind almost no trace (compared to 10-20 sessions with a traditional laser).
  • With the PicoSure, treatments only needs to be done once every 8 weeks – so less often than with traditional lasers.
  • Significantly more comfortable than any other tattoo removal laser treatment. However, where there is increased sensitivity, the clinician can provide local anaesthetic if needed.
  • Clearance of resistant colours eg. blues and greens
  • The new 532nm hanpiece, specifically targets red, oranges and yellow inks more efficiently than ever before.
  • PicoSure is able to effectively remove the recalcitrant inks in tattoos that other  laser treatments have left behind
  • Reduced side effects, with less injury to surrounding skin
  • Provided the aftercare instructions are followed, there is little risk of scarring and less chance of changes in pigmentation than after traditional laser removal.

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Pricing

The first step, before any treatment is undertaken, is for us to meet with you, to talk through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Consultations are free. Everyone and every tattoo are different and after examining you, we can answer questions and give you a price quotation, based on your tattoo’s shape and size.

A patch test can be performed, where we treat a small area of your tattoo. There is a £50 charge for the patch test and this will then be deducted from the cost of the first treatment session.

Most tattoos will clear within 3-8 sessions, though this can be variable. You can pay for treatment each time you visit.

There will be an additional fee for providing anaesthetic cream or administering local anaesthetic.

Size Cost per session
Consultation Free
Patch test £50
Very small (up to 3cm sq) £105 – £145
Less than the size of ~1 hand £150 – £245
Size of ~1-2 hands £250 – £350
Larger tattoos (treated in sections) Price on consultation

FAQ

 

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser energy is delivered to the tattoo, targeting the ink and breaking it down into smaller particles. These particles are eliminated by the body’s natural processes, resulting in a lightening of the tattoo ink.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Laser tattoo removal with the PicoSure is the most comfortable laser tattoo removal treatment available. It is usually compared to the pain of an elastic band being ‘pinged’ onto the skin. Ultra-cold air is blasted onto the skin during treatment to minimise discomfort and it is said that the PicoSure is noticeably less painful than when the tattoo was first placed. If however, more is needed to make you comfortable, it is possible to use skin numbing creams or to have injections of local anaesthetic for complete pain relief. Your clinician will work with you on the best option for you based on your individual situation.

How many treatments will tattoo removal require?

The number of laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number of variables such as ink colour and type, size of the tattoo, lifestyle habits, etc. PicoSure laser treatment generally will work 3-4 times faster than any other laser treatment. A large professional tattoo will require more sessions than a small amateur tattoo.

How often will I need treatment?

It is advisable to wait about 8 weeks between treatments, in order to give the body a chance to absorb the shattered ink particles. The healthier you are, the better your immune system will work at clearing the ink from your skin.

Can I have only a portion of my tattoo removed?

Yes, the Picosure laser can provide energy precisely enough so that a small amount of a tattoo can be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo.

Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?

Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. We recommend that you wait six weeks between your last treatment and when you have the new tattoo done.

What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?

Blisters and scabs are a normal response to tattoo removal. These will usually heal over a period of 2 weeks. Keep the skin over the area covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring. Other possible side effects, such as swelling and infection, are uncommon and treatable. It is important to follow the advice that your clinician provides before and after the procedure, as this will improve the treatment’s effectiveness and minimise the risk of suffering from unwanted side effects, such as scarring or changes in pigmentation. Very rarely, this can be permanent, but fortunately there are treatment creams, which should minimise how noticeable this might be and the result is invariably preferable to the unwanted tattoo.

Can I go in the sun after laser tattoo removal?

The treated area should be covered from exposure to the sun for at least 4 weeks. It is also advisable to keep the area out of the sun for 4 weeks prior to treatment.

Is laser tattoo removal suitable for everyone?

Laser tattoo removal is not carried out on pregnant women. Not all cosmetic tattoos (such as eyebrows tattoos), are suitable for laser treatment. PicoSure can only be used on Skin Types I-IV so is unsuitable for Black/Afro Caribbean skin.