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FAQs

Here you will find a list of FAQs about ND:Yag laser treatment.  If you have any further queries, please contact us.

BEFORE TREATMENT

Prior to treatment it is compulsory to have a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained to confirm suitability. Before proceeding, the treatment will be explained and you will be asked to give informed consent.

If you have had SPMU on your brows and you don’t like the shape, colour, or they are uneven etc. laser is a very effective way to remove it. It is also perfect to have done before the application of new SPMU brows, for example, if you would like to have a new shape created without the old shape being visible (the tail end, the arch etc).

Each pulse of the laser sends light energy into your skin and is absorbed by the tattoo pigment particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces. Once the laser has broken the pigment into smaller pieces, your body’s immune system works to remove the ink over the following weeks, flushing it away from the tattooed area. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.

Absolutely. During laser SPMU removal, the laser operates in short, fraction-of-a-second bursts, targeted only at your tattoo. It does not affect surrounding skin.

It usually is, but it depends on the individual.  We treat each case on an individual basis, and the suitability for the Laser SPMU removal treatment will be determined during an initial consultation with questions on general health and medication.  This is why it is compulsory for the consultation to take place prior to treatment.

Most colours can be removed with laser. Black, dark blue and reddy tattoos respond really well to laser SPMU removal. More difficult tattoo colours to remove are pink, but are easier to cover up. Green tones are probably the most difficult colour to remove.

For most clients, pricing is a factor in their decision. The price for each treatment and an idea of the number of sessions will be given during the consultation. Unfortunately, the exact number of sessions isn’t something that can be predetermined but in general, SPMU uses pigments and is more superficial than a tattoo which uses inks. This means it can be removed and fades easier, in approximately 2-3 sessions at £40 a session. If you don’t like your brows, it’s a worthwhile expense!

LASER TREATMENT

The skin will be cleansed and then the laser applicator is passed over the brows releasing quick pulses of light. A ‘clicking’ noise is often heard as the pigment particles shatter. During treatment, protective eyewear will be provided.

Most clients say that the sensation of removal hurts less than they expected. Its described as a sensation like a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate the treatment well as it is a very quick process.

After the initial consultation, which takes approximately 40 mins, the treatment time will vary depending upon complexity of the SPMU and client sensitivity, but generally is between 10 -15 minutes.

The number of sessions is dependent on the complexity, pigment type, colours used, depth, age and skin colour of the client. Approximately 2 – 3 laser removal sessions may be required before the SPMU fades entirely. The average time between sessions is four to six weeks.

Before you start the process, it’s important to realise that no SPMU removal is guaranteed. Some SPMU only partially fade after a few treatments and may leave a ghost image of your tattoo.  We will discuss this with you at the consultation.

RESULTS

An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours, and can be red and swollen for approximately 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a crust, which must be left to heal naturally. Initially the SPMU is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 – 8 weeks as the body disperses it.

Change to the skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon, and is more likely if any scabbing or blistering is not left to heal naturally. If the SPMU already features scarring, you can expect that to remain. Any scarring that remains after a SPMU removal procedure is often left over from when the SPMU was originally applied by the technician.

Effective tattoo removal creams contain an active ingredient (chemical / acid) strong enough to break down the ink, but these can damage the skin causing scarring and burns.  We do not recommend using any of these creams or lotions.