How laser tattoo removal works

  • We use the Q-Switched Nd-YAG laser, which is one of the most commonly used lasers for tattoo removal.
  • The Q-Switched lasers produce a high powered beam of laser light at a speed that is too fast to heat the skin, the very short pulse of light penetrates the skin without breaking it and is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles
  • The ink particles are then broken down into smaller pieces; your body’s immune system recognises these particles as something that shouldn’t be there and removes them naturally via the body’s own natural elimination system.
  • A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments
  • Under normal conditions, the process which breaks down the tattoo ink begins 2 weeks after the laser treatment. The ink will continue to evacuate for approximately 4-6 weeks. For this reason, treatments are scheduled no closer than 4 weeks apart


  • Protective eye shields are provided and the skin will be cleaned
  • The laser applicator is then passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light, an audible clicking noise is often heard as the ink particles break down
  • An instant whitening or blistering of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades quickly
  • Immediately following the treatment an ice pack will be applied to soothe the treated area
  • The area will be tender for up to 48 hours
  • A bandage or patch may be used to protect the area
  • The treated location will need to be covered with sunblock when out in the sun during the healing process
  • Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the following 4-8 weeks as the body disperses it


  • Following your treatment an antibiotic ointment will be applied to the area and a dressing may be used
  • After treatment skin may be red and swollen; this is normal
  • Full after care instructions will be included in your consultation