What is Tattoo Removal?

We use the latest ND YAG Q-Switched lasers to deliver the most advanced tattoo removal treatment in the area. In Q-switched mode, ND YAG produces two wavelengths to treat superficial skin lesions.


Q-switch refers to the technique of making the laser produce a high beam in very short pulses – machines without this function cannot provide the desired result as they’re not powerful enough to shatter the tattoo.


When the ND YAG Q-switched laser comes into contact with a tattoo, the laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink, creating a photoacoustic shock-wave that releases the heat from the tattoo and shatters it into minute particles. This is known as the photomechanical effect. The particles are then carried away by the macrophages and leave the body through the lymphatic system.


We can treat multiple types of tattoos including professional and amateur tattoos in black or colour inks, as well as semi-permanent eye make-up, and is suitable for all skin types. Usually, a number of treatments will be needed to remove colour tattoos, we can advise you of this at your consultation.

Does the tattoo removal laser cause scarring?

Although there is a risk of scarring with any laser, scarring is not a significant risk for the removal of tattoos with the ND YAG laser. The risk of scarring is mainly associated with genetic predisposition to forming scar tissues such as keloid scars.

Does it hurt when removing the tattoo?

The amount of pain depends on the type of tattoo, we can use an ice pack to cool the area before treatment or local anesthetic can be used. Some describe the feeling as uncomfortable, some describe it feeling like a flick of an elastic band.

What colour tattoos can you remove?

We can remove all kinds of coloured tattoos, however, more treatments will be needed to remove colour tattoos

How long does the tattoo removal treatment take?

This depends on the size of a tattoo, a small tattoo takes around 5 minutes. Larger areas can take up to 20 minutes.

How many sessions are needed and how far apart for my tattoo removal?

Customers will see a reduction within their first treatment, however it can take between 4-8 treatments with six weeks between each treatment.

What should I expect during my tattoo removal treatment?

Firstly you will be asked to complete a consultation form and we require a patch test before any treatment can go ahead. We check medical conditions and medication, we may ask for a doctor’s note before we go ahead with the treatment.

  • As the ND YAG Q switched laser hits the tattoo it will make a loud crackling noise when the tattoo ink absorbs the photo shock wave. This is completely normal and will lesson as the tattoo fades over the course of treatments.
  • White gas bubbles may rise to the skin immediately, this is a good sign that heat has been released from the shattered ink particles. This disappears within about 20 minutes. 
  • Pinpoint bleeding may occur and this is due to the tiny bloody vessels within the skin erupting. This will stop after 20 minutes. 
  • Skin redness may be present and temporary swelling due to the heat and intensity of the treatment. All of these side effects are normal and should clear up with a few hours.

Why is ND YAG Q Switched the best?

ND YAG Q switched remains the desired technology for tattoo removal as the power produced creates the mechanical effect to shatter and remove the particles and less risk of scarring.

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