Laser Tattoo Removal is now only available at Hove Skin Clinic

Why choose Hove Skin Clinic for Laser Tattoo Removal?

Few clinics have lasers that are specifically designed for laser tattoo removal and tend to use lasers that are designed to treat other areas. At the clinic we have a high power Nd:Yag system that has been developed for the sole purpose of laser tattoo removal. This system can deliver high powered laser energy into the skin and is extremely effective. Our laser tattoo removal specialist at the clinic is Sarah Williams, who has over 12-years experience in laser tattoo removal and has treated hundreds of patients.

Sarah has a reputation for success and has hit the headlines of the major newspapers recently for helping Peter Andre to remove the tattoo of "Katie" on his finger.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

The pigment is selectively destroyed in tattoo's by using a wavelength of laser light that is specific for the pigment colour. A high amount of energy is absorbed by the tattoo in a very short duration of time causing micro-explosion of pigment in the skin. The exploded pigment is then removed naturally by the body. Laser tattoo removal is most effective for dark black, blue and red tattoo's because we have lasers that can specifically target these colours. Yellow, orange and green pigment is far more difficult to remove.

 

How many treatments will be required?

This depends on the size of the tattoo, depth of the pigment, type of pigment, and your skin type. Most tattoo's require 6-8 treatments for a 80-95% clearance. We space treatments approxiamtely 3-4 weeks apart. Sometimes, just 3-4 sessions are required. We can never guarantee complete clearance.

Is laser tattoo removal painful?

The Nd:Yag Tattoo removal laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulses of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band or speck of hot bacon grease on the skin. The large majority of patients do not require any topical anaesthetic cream application. However, we do recommend taking Paracetamol 1-hour before the treatment session to reduce any discomfort.

How expensive is laser tattoo removal?

Small Tattoo's (less than 25cm surface area) - £60-£80 per session 
We offer special packages to help with costs and will take payment by credit cards. Package prices need to be booked in advance of treatments.

Medium Size Tattoo's (26cm-100cm surface area) - £80-£100 per session 
We offer special packages to help with costs and will take payment by credit cards. Package prices need to be booked in advance of treatments.

Large Size Tattoo's (26cm-100cm surface area) - £120-£160 per session 
We offer special packages to help with costs and will take payment by credit cards. Package prices need to be booked in advance of treatments.

What are the side-effects of laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal will cause quite intense tissue reactions because it is necessary to explode the tattoo pigment to make the treatment effective. Treated areas may blister, bruise and can bleed. It is very normal to experience crusting of the skin following treatment. These reactions typically last 5-10 days and heal without any problems. We try and use laser settings that will maximise clearance without causing long-term scarring. Compared to other laser treatments, the risk of permanent scarring with this treatment is relatively high. We advise patients that up to 5% (1 in 20 people treated) may develop permanent scars: permanent loss of the normal colour of the skin, loss of the skin volume (atrophic scarring), and raised red scars (hypertrophic or keloid scars). Longer-term some of these recover but permanent damage to the skin can occur.

How do I book an appoinment?

Simply telephone the clinic helpline on 01273 719 834.

GP referral letters are not necessary.