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Does laser tattoo removal work?

Yes! Laser tattoo removal is a proven method of safely and effectively removing tattoo ink pigmentation.


How does laser tattoo removal actually work?

Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body to remove. Q-Switching works by making the laser produce high intensity energy in short bursts. The high energy creates a photo acoustic shock wave when it interacts with the tattoo ink, the shock wave shatters the ink particles releasing heat from them. The body can then work to remove the broken particles via the lymphatic and urinary systems.


Does the treatment hurt?

Treatments can cause pain, you may use a cold compress or ice pack on the affected area after treatments to reduce discomfort. Always follow the cold compress instructions.


How long will it take to see results?

It is possible to begin seeing results after 1-2 treatments, but darker tattoos can take 5-10 treatments to see significant changes to the treatment area. On average it takes 6-8 weeks for the entire process to complete after one treatment, which is the amount of time your body needs to remove the ink particles broken up by the laser via the lymphatic and urinary systems.


How can I speed up the results?

Living a healthy, active lifestyle and always following the aftercare guidelines can dramatically improve the performance of laser treatments. Smoking can significantly reduce the effectiveness of laser tattoo removal and more treatments may be required.


Does laser treatment cause blistering or scars?

Minor blistering is part of a normal healing process, but severe blistering and scarring, whilst uncommon can occur in rare cases. The risk of scarring can be reduced by carefully following the aftercare guidelines.


What type of laser is being used?

The laser being used is specially designed for tattoo and pigment removal, the AW3® Flash Ink is a Neodymium-Doped Q-Switch Yttrium Aluminium Garnet Laser. When used on the treatment area, the pigment particles absorb the light energy and explode rapidly, bursting into tiny pieces, thus diminishing the colour density to get rid of tattoo and skin pigments.


Are you certified to operate the laser?

The operator of Patchway Laser Tattoo Removal is fully certified and accredited to use the AW3® Flash Ink tattoo removal system having had training directly from the qualified professional trainers of the manufacturer All White Laser AW3. The most important qualification is the manufacturers qualification. Your will have peace of mind knowing that your treatments are being conducted by a professionally certified operator trained by a reputable organisation.