There are many different myths within the area of tattoo removal, and many of them
are not true! So just to clear things up, we’ve listed 10 common misconceptions about laser tattoo removal – so that you have all the information you need.
1. Laser tattoo removal will leave a scar
The lasers we use for tattoo removal target the secondary layer of skin which focuses on the tattoo and removes ink only. As the laser only targets the layer of skin with the tattoo ink this means the likelihood of scarring is very low.
2. New tattoos are easier to remove
Just because you have only had your tattoo for a short period of time, doesn’t mean that it is easier to remove. The ink will be in the same layer of skin, meaning the lasers will have to do the exact same thing.
3. Black ink is the hardest colour to remove
Black is actually the easiest colour ink to remove, this is because darker colours absorb all the wavelengths of laser light, while lighter shades such as greens and yellow become harder to remove as they selectively absorb the light.
4. Laser tattoo removal is not safe
Tattoo removal methods have greatly evolved, at ProSkin we use the safest and most effective PicoSure lasers and only employ highly experienced NVQ3 level laser therapists to ensure that your tattoo is removed safely.
5. Tattoo removal creams work
Although you can buy various tattoo removal creams, these products can not remove 100% all of the tattoo ink they can just help to fade the tattoo, and are not always safe for your skin.
6. The cost is the same for all tattoos
Not true, most clinics, like ProSkin will decide upon a course of treatment depending on the size of your tattoo. The likelihood is that the bigger the tattoo, the more sessions will be needed and therefore the cost will increase.
PicoSure lasers often achieve tattoo removal in fewer treatments, for example a medium sized tattoo would typically take 7-9 sessions with traditional Q-switched lasers, where as PicoSure would take 3 sessions.
7. Tattoo removal is more painful than getting the tattoo
Tattoo removal can hurt a little bit and is often described as like “a rubber band snapping on the skin” but can vary from client to client. At ProSkin we offer numbing cream prior to your treatment and our lasers are fitted with a cooling fan to help reduce any discomfort.
8. Each treatment takes a long time
Naturally the duration of the treatment depends on the size of the tattoo, with small tattoos only taking a few minutes to an hour for a large tattoo. During your consultation your aesthetician will estimate how many treatments are required. See our Size Guide.
9. The laser burns off your tattoo
The laser only targets the ink in your body and not your skin, and pulses of laser light are passed on to the tattoo to break down the ink particles - this does not burn your skin or the tattoo.
10. There is a long recovery time between sessions
The treatment area must remain covered for 5-7 days post treatment, but there is no recovery time. After your treatment you will be advised on how best to care for the area, but fully able to get back to your daily life straight after the procedure.