ART OF REMOVAL
Tattoos do not have to be permanent thanks to the experts at Yorkshire’s Undo Tattoo clinic in Ilkley. Here clinic owner, Jill Dean tells us how Undo Tattoo is helping hundreds of clients of erase their regrets.
I t started with those Celtic bands back in the 90s. Before then, tattoos had been the preserve of sailors and rock stars, but suddenly everyone had one. They were the ultimate souvenir for backpackers returning from a gap year and having the name of your loved one inked onto your wrist in extravagant script was seen as the ultimate romantic gesture.
However, what seems like a good idea as an 18 year old can look less attractive as the time passes. If you are beginning to regret your body modification you are not alone. According to the latest figures, almost a third of UK adults have a tattoo that they would like to consign to history.
The good news is that it is now possible to turn back the clock with the help of the expert team at Undo Tattoo in Ilkley who are skilled in removing tattoos whatever the size or colour. Here Jill Dean and Tracy Franks answer questions regarding Undo Tattoo about how the treatment works.
How does it work?
Prepare for the science bit. Switched lasers which generate a high-powered beam in an extremely short pulse are the most suitable lasers for tattoo removal treatments. The laser light is absorbed by the ink particles. This results in them breaking down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to absorb and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments.
Is it painful?
Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable, most people tolerate the treatment very well. At the end of each session, a soothing lotion is applied to help reduce any redness. Jill and Tracy are both qualified dental nurses and this background means they know the importance of a stringent hygiene regime for every client.
Are there any long-term side-effects?
No. Our two treatment specialists, Jill and Tracy, are qualified dental nurses and this background means they know the importance of a stringent hygiene regime for every client.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on several factors, including the density and colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking one to six treatments, each lasting between 10 and 30 minutes, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably. Treatment sessions are spaced six to 10 weeks apart.
How do I book a course of treatment?
Prior to treatment commencing you must first undergo a free of charge consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a patch test.
How much will it cost?
Laser tattoo removal sessions start from £32.50 per session and at your initial consultation we can will happily talk to you in detail about the likely cost of the full treatment course.