Laser Tattoo Removal
Here at ReWork Skin Clinic Sheffield we use an award winning medical grade Active Q-Switched Laser to tailor a plan suited best for you, to either fade (for a cover up) or completely remove your unwanted tattoos.
Active Q-Switched Lasers are considered by dermatologists to be the most effective, safe and reliable way to remove unwanted black or multi-coloured tattoos, with consistent clinical results. Being medically CE marked and approved by the NHS, we give you the best clinical results.
With our laser being medical grade and used in NHS hospitals, it is clinically proven to penetrate the skin deeper and reach ink that would normally be tough to remove, this added with our adjustable spot size and the vast increase in power compared to alternate machines elsewhere, we aim to give the best possible result.
The wavelengths on our laser are selected based on the colour of the ink in your tattoo. This produces the best possible results while causing minimal effect/damage to the surrounding dermis, allowing for safe, efficient and truly effective clinical results.
Pricing starts from £25 depending on size, send us a message to book your free consultation.
How it works
This is the single most effective way of removing tattoos of most colours. The laser light is delivered in nanoseconds meaning an Active Q-Switched (AQS) laser tattoo removal equipment will shatter the ink pigment in the skin, breaking it into small particles which are then eliminated by your body's immune system.
Laser tattoo removal using an Active Q-Switched laser is considered the gold standard treatment by dermatologists for effectively removing almost all tattoo colours with minimal risk of scarring. An Active Q-Switched tattoo removal laser will, in most cases, remove all traces of the tattoo. Because it requires several treatments, it is also possible to fade a tattoo if this is the desired effect. There is very little risk of any scarring if the skin is allowed to heal properly and aftercare advice is followed.
Frequently asked questions
How is treatment carried out?
The light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune system to absorb and disperse the ink.
The skin will be cleaned and the laser applicator is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible clicking noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter. After treatment a soothing lotion is applied.
Is it painful?
Most clients describe the sensation as similar to a flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate the treatment well.
How long does a session last?
Please allow around 30 - 45 minutes for your consultation appointment, so that we can go into full detail with you of everything you need to know and all your requirements before we start. The laser treatment itself can take as little as 30 seconds depending on the size of the tattoo.
How does the skin look after treatment?
An instant frosting of the skin is seen but this generally fades quickly with hydration of the skin. The area is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to two days. Some treatments may form a graze and scab which must be left to heal naturally. The tattoo is unlikely to look any different straight away but will fade over 4 to 8 weeks as the body disperses the ink.
What is the recovery period? The skin may very rarely become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. Change to skin texture and scarring is possible, though incredibly uncommon and is more likely if grazes are not allowed to heal naturally.
How many treatments are needed?
This depends on a number of factors such as the colour, density and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quicker to remove and may take 1 to 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably. Treatments are spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart.
Can I use numbing cream?
Although not recommended, you can purchase numbing cream from a pharmacy. This needs to be applied 60-90 minutes before your treatment for best results.