Laser tattoo removal in Tunbridge Wells, kent East Sussex
Black, red, yellow, green and blue colour tattoos removal in Kent and East Sussex.
If ‘those days’ are gone, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s easier to remove tattoos than it was
in the past. So make a fresh start with our state of the art laser tattoo removal procedure.
Make the smart and sensible choice to do it safely at rtwskin. As one of the largest leading
laser clinics in Europe, we use state of the art laser technology to break up the tattoo ink
into tiny particles. The body disposes of these fragments via its immune system. It will
usually take 6 or more treatment sessions with regular intervals of between 4 – 8 weeks
for them to have effect, but you will be delighted to see your former ‘glory’ fade before your
And next time you feel like enhancing your looks, why not consider one of our rtwskin
Tattoos that were applied in the 1990s and before and contain a green pigment are the
hardest tattoos to remove. Our new Tattoo Removal Laser is the Q-Plus C from Quanta
and has multi frequency, which means it can remove the green pigment in tattoos.
Each person’s skin, health and tattoos are different, so it’s important to have a consultation with our qualified clinician and have Laser test patch prior to tattoo removal treatment.
Please be aware that some clinics are offering IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy for tattoo removal which causes burns and permanent scarring. Lactic acid tattooing, recently available from tattoo shops, claiming to be a “natural” and “organic” way to get rid of tattoos is dangerous, as is all treatment that involves acid injections. It will cause chemical burns, textural changes and scarring.
What to consider before your Laser Tattoo removal treatment:
- Make sure that it is a Q switched Laser that will be used for your Tattoo removal treatment. No single Laser can remove all tattoo colours. Different Laser wavelengths treat different colours and sometimes you may need multiple systems to remove all the ink. This is why at rtwskin we use the combination of Nd: YAG, KTP and Ruby Q switched Laser’s that can effectively remove all ink colours. We have recently seen many patients with severe scars after IPL treatments and acid injections. Please think carefully before you consider such treatments.
- One Laser treatment isn’t going to remove your Tattoo. Usually, 8-12 treatments are required, the number of treatments will depend on the location and size of the tattoo, the colour and pigment that was used and your skin’s ability to heal. Generally, it is easier to remove tattoos from patients with skin types 1 to 3.Unfortunately, the number of sessions isn’t something that can be predetermined during your initial consultation. We know you want to remove that unwanted ink as quickly and cost effectively as possible, but our estimate will be just that, an estimate. It is important to leave enough healing time between treatments as it is your body that removes the broken down pigment and it can increase the risk of side effects such as skin irritation and blistering. The average time between sessions should be between 4 and 6 weeks, but of course, everybody is different.
- Location of your Tattoo. Tattoos located further down the arms or legs (further from the heart) generally fade more slowly. The closer the tattoo is to the heart the better the circulation, therefore better results. Textural skin changes after laser tattoo removal are more common for tattoos located on the chest and back and some patients are prone to develop hypertrophic and keloid scars.
- Professional and amateur Tattoos. Professionally done tattoos are usually more difficult to remove as they often have synthetic “brighteners” in them and the ink is deposited deeper in the skin. Amateur tattoos are more superficial and easier to remove. There is no guarantee that all tattoo pigment will be completely removed. However, our effective Q switched Laser and experienced clinicians enjoy a very high success rate with the majority of tattoos being removed.
- The darkening effect is real. Rarely, some tattoos, may turn darker (oxidize) immediately after Laser treatment because of the presence of titanium or iron dioxide. This is why a test patch is essential before an attempt is made to remove the tattoo. Tattoo pigment containing titanium or iron oxide cannot be removed with any type of Laser
Do you remember the children’s song?
Red and yellow and pink and green; purple and orange and blue,
I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow?
Well, I can remove all of the colours of the rainbow too.
Hi, my name is John Sheffield. I spent my youth in the 1960s in the Royal Navy serving for
12 years, mainly in the Submarine Service. All my pals were having tattoos so I decided to have some too – seemed like a good idea at the time! Very soon after however, I realised I had made a big mistake. I was stuck with them for many years, trying to hide my tattoos as I developed my businesses and got to the point where I really hated them. In 2006 when my wife and I started rtwskin; I decided to rid myself of the tattoos and become knowledgeable and skilled in the use of Q-Switched Laser’s and tattoo removal.Since then, I have removed hundreds of tattoos and trained many people from all over the world in the use of the Q-Switched Laser.My Laser is one of the most effective and powerful multi Laser, Q switched systems in the world. The Quanta Q-Plus, incorporates three devices in one case and is the most effective and powerful Laser available. Nd.YAG, KTP and Ruby provide the wavelengths you must have, without all of these in a very powerful Laser, parts of your multi-colour tattoo will remain.
What many people do not understand is that, without the power availability and the wavelengths vital for treating a tattoo effectively, your tattoo will look a lot worse after you have had treatment than before. Many tattoo artists and beauty clinics have purchased a “so called” Laser from China. None of them have the necessary power or the correct wavelengths to do very much more than make your tattoo look like a dirty smudge on your body. Lasers from China can be bought for $5,000. The cost of my Laser was £68,000 plus VAT. It is the result of decades of research and development by one of the largest medical Laser manufactures in the world. They even currently have lasers being used on the Vatican, probably not to remove tattoos of course. Which one would you prefer to use on your tattoo?
Surgery is the only other option for tattoo removal but it is expensive and will leave scars. The Q Switched Laser has been developed specifically for tattoo removal and can effectively remove all colours of tattoo pigment. The best one is available here at rtwskin.
Earlier methods, such as acid tattooing or dermabrasion will scar you and be ineffective. The Q Switched Laser breaks up the tattoo ink into tiny fragments, which are then cleared away by your immune system. In the hands of a properly trained and experienced clinician this has a very low risk of scarring or damage to the surrounding tissue.
All laser procedures will require a test patch a minimum of 24 hours prior to treatment. This is a standard requirement for safety and insurance purposes.
The majority of our patients feel mild skin irritation and itching after tattoo removal treatment. This can last 1-3 days following each session. We advise the use of Aloe Vera gel or Antiseptic Cream to speed up the healing. Some patients experience swelling, redness, pin point bleeding, blistering and temporary skin darkening. These side effects are common and usually subside within 1-2 weeks.
Blistering is common, and it can be quite severe. Most patients will experience some blisters and/or light bleeding during the course of Laser tattoo removal treatment and this should be accepted as completely normal. In fact, if you do not see even a small blister during the course of treatment you are not being treated at high enough power or the Laser is not capable of delivering the required power levels. Consequently, the course will last much longer and cost far more than it needs to. Blistering is superficial and does not usually have any harmful or permanent consequences.
The most common complication following Laser tattoo removal is a reactive increase or decrease in skin pigment resulting in lightening or darkening of the skin in the affected area. This decreased or increased pigmentation, which is more likely to happen in Asian people or those who tan easily, usually lasts a relatively short time (usually 6 or 12 months) before it disappears naturally but you must be aware, sometimes it will become permanent.
Keloid and other forms of scarring are rare but nevertheless they are a risk that you must understand and accept prior to treatment commencing
Yes, Laser is very precise and accurate and can erase a very small portion of your tattoo.
Yes, Laser breaks down older tattoo ink much easier then fresh ink.
Black or dark blue tattoos are the easiest to remove and will require fewer sessions than tattoos of other colours or a mixture of different colours.
Green, purple, white, light blue and orange can be more difficult to remove and require more treatments.
Yes, it does. To minimize your discomfort we advise to have an application of EMLA Cream, a topical anaesthetic, at least 30-40 min prior your tattoo removal laser session; two hours is better. Ice cold forced air and an ice pack can be used to minimise discomfort during your procedure
After treatment the area will be sore. If you have used EMLA Cream this soreness will intensify as its anaesthetic effect wears off but in most cases you will be perfectly fit to drive and return to work. You should remember the following:
- The area will be sore for some days. Aloe Vera or Antiseptic Cream will be applied to the area after treatment and it should be continued for a few days.
- Once the whitening of the treated area disappears it is not unusual for the skin to become quite red, swollen and appear inflamed. This may last for several hours or even a day or two. Any discomfort is minimal and may be controlled by using standard painkillers and by placing an ice pack on the affected area. Aloe Vera gel is beneficial in reducing inflammation.
- Bleeding or blistering may occur in the treated area and the severity of the reaction increases when higher power levels are used in the later sessions of treatment. Higher setting are necessary towards the end of your course of treatment when the last vestiges of ink are being removed. A little pinpoint bleeding and/or blistering will heal very quickly and all this requires is a simple dry sterile dressing following the procedure.
- The treated area must be kept clean and provided this is done properly it is rare for infection to occur. If this happens to you please contact us on 01892 22 22 22 in office hours or 07912 481 412 out of hours.
- It is important to make sure that the areas of your tattoo that have been treated are not exposed to strong ultraviolet light or sunshine after the Laser procedure. We recommend the use of a minimum SPF50 sun protection cream, available at the clinic, or complete masking of the tattoo while in the sun during the whole treatment period and for a few months post treatment.
While all of this sounds quite complicated and may take a long time, we can offer you a very high level of success with little risk. All consultations are free so you have nothing to lose by coming in for a chat.