Tattoo removal Bristol

Laser Tattoo Removal

Today, laser tattoo removal costs far less than it did a few years ago. Pro Clinics have invested in specialist picosecond laser tattoo removal equipment, which is very similar to the renowned Picosure laser. Using the most modern and effective laser technology has significantly reduced the average treatment length and subsequently, cost.

Pro Clinics advise that laser tattoo removal treatment courses will comprise, on average, of four to twelve sessions in total. Treatment length is dependent on various factors such as skin type, age of tattoo, colour of tattoo ink, tattoo size, and the location of the tattoo on the body. Average sessions take just 30 minutes. During your initial consultation our laser tattoo removal specialists will advise you on how many treatments or sessions you are likely to need in order to fully remove your tattoo.

The top picture is of an Active Q Switch Nd Yag Picosecond Laser, which is the gold standard in tattoo removal. You can tell the difference between an active laser and a passive laser firstly by the size (active lasers are much larger) and also by the articulated arm on top. These are professional standard clinical lasers and the only type that Pro Clinics use.

Below is a picture of a smaller table top style passive laser. These machines are a lot cheaper to buy and are at the lower end of the market. They are much smaller than active lasers and have a hose with a gun style hand piece. They are often found in beauty parlours and tattoo studios, but are not usually used by professional clinics. They are nowhere near as effective at removing ink as active lasers and are best avoided at all cost.


how it works

In order to understand how laser tattoo removal works, it’s important to first understand why tattoo ink stays in the body after the tattoo artist has finished injecting the ink.

When you have a tattoo, the particles of ink that are injected into the skin are too large for the body to break down and destroy, so instead it encapsulates and suspends the particles of ink within a complex network of collagen fibres. These particles of ink will remain permanently visible, although will usually start to fade over time.

Laser tattoo removal is most commonly performed using a Q-switched Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser, that breaks down the ink particles of the tattoo into minute pieces. The small particles of ink are then easily absorbed and flushed away by the body; replicating the natural fading that time or sun exposure would often create. All tattoo colours have specific light absorption spectra. The laser used for tattoo removal must be capable of emitting adequate energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment to provide a fully effective treatment. Certain tattoo pigments (colours), such as yellows, greens and fluorescent inks are far more difficult to treat than darker colours, such as blacks and blues; they have absorption spectra that fall beyond or on the edge of the emission spectra available in the tattoo removal laser.

Laser tattoo removal Bristol


Modern pastel coloured inks contain particularly high concentrations of titanium dioxide which is highly reflective. The result being that these type of inks are far more difficult to remove since they effectively reflect a significant amount of the incident light energy back out of the skin. As a general rule: the darker the tattoo, the more effective the treatment.

The vast majority of experts consider laser treatment the safest and most effective way of removing a tattoo, although it is a lengthy process that will often require multiple repeat visits in order to fully remove the unwanted tattoo. These days, with increased technological advances in laser development, the Q-switched lasers are said by the National Institutes of Health to be a safe and effective method of tattoo removal with scarring or burning of the skin being highly unlikely. Certain areas of the body where the skin is thinner will however be more prone to scarring than thicker-skinned areas, although this is very rare when a modern Q-switched laser is used.

As some people will experience slight discomfort during the process of laser tattoo removal, The Pro Clinics advise the application of a numbing cream at least one hour prior to treatment. This simple precaution will ensure that the process is a far more pleasant experience. The energy density emitted by the laser is determined prior to each treatment by our experienced technicians, as well as the spot size and repetition rate. The power of the laser is gradually increased over each session in order to expedite the removal process.

During the treatment process, the laser beam passes harmlessly through the skin, targeting only the ink that is resting in a liquid state within the body. It can sometimes be possible to see immediate results, however in most cases the fading occurs gradually during the four to six week healing period between treatments.


How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of this procedure, it is impossible to predict exactly how many treatments it will take for complete results. It could take as little as 2 or 3 treatments for an amateur tattoo or as many as 12 treatments for a professionally applied tattoo.

How quickly the ink fades will depend on several factors, such as the colours in the tattoo, the type of ink used, and how your body responds to the treatment.

Will my tattoo be completely removed?

In many cases your tattoo will be fully removed by the end of your treatments, however in some incidences a faint shadow will remain where your tattoo used to be. This will often fade even more in time.

How long do I need to wait between treatments?
Laser tattoo removal is a slow process. Your body needs time to break down and flush away the ink particles after each treatment. Typically each session should be scheduled a minimum of four to six weeks apart.

How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of this procedure, it is impossible to predict exactly how many treatments it will take for complete results. It could take as little as 2 or 3 treatments for an amateur tattoo or as many as 12 treatments for a professionally applied tattoo.

How quickly the ink fades will depend on several factors, such as the colours in the tattoo, the type of ink used, and how your body responds to the treatment.

Is it possible to remove any colour tattoo?

Unfortunately not. Light is measured in nanometres and there are two separate wavelengths of light that are emitted from the Q Switched Nd : YAG laser. The first one is invisible infrared light (1064nm) and the second is visible green light (532nm).

The infrared wavelength is usually absorbed into black and dark inks, whereas the green light is absorbed by red and lighter inks. It is sometimes possible to treat other colours, although white, yellow and green are notoriously difficult to remove. Generally speaking, the darker the ink, the more effective the laser will be at removing the tattoo.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Many patients have reported that laser tattoo removal feels like having a rubber band snapping quickly and repeatedly onto your skin. In order to reduce the pain, we advise applying an anaesthetic (numbing) cream one hour prior to your session.

There are various numbing creams that can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacist, and by taking this extra precaution the experience becomes much less painful.

Will laser tattoo removal leave scars?

The type of laser used leaves virtually no scars, however, in exceptionally rare cases those with scarring disorders such as keloids, have an increased risk of forming a scar.


Achieving good blood circulation is an important part of the fading process, and tattoos located farther from the heart tend to fade more slowly because there is less blood being circulated to the area. During a tattoo removal procedure, laser light is applied to the tattooed area of the skin. The light is selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, leaving the surrounding skin tissue and chromophores unharmed. The tattoo ink particles absorb the laser energy, heat up, and shatter into smaller ink particles. In the days and weeks following a tattoo removal treatment, the body’s immune system flushes away the shattered ink particles, causing the tattoo to fade. Over a series of treatments, more and more of the ink fades.

Before you go for a tattoo removal, check the clinic’s hours of operation. This is one of the most common things that people forget to do when researching laser tattoo removal. Many tattoo removal clinics offer weekend hours, but before you commit, make sure the clinic isn’t just open on the days you need but that it’s currently accepting new clients. Nothing is worse than purchasing a laser tattoo removal package at a great price only to find out that the laser clinic has no weekend appointments available for the next three months.

Stress can severely impact on your ability to recover. While you are recovering from a tattoo removal procedure, try to stay calm and levelheaded. You can go about your daily life, but do your best to avoid overly stressful situations. Whatever stress relief and management techniques work best for you, this recovery period is a great time to use them to their full effect!

Treatment for laser tattoo removal has improved significantly over the years, making it easier and less painful to remove unwanted tattoos. However, it is important to note that complete laser tattoo removal is difficult in many cases, especially for people who have dark skin or multicolored tattoos. Modern tattoo application materials can deeply penetrate skin in order to create those affects you are looking for. Tattoos can be removed with the use of lasers and the beam will basically penetrate as much as is necessary, based on how deep the tattoo was in the first place. That is highly important as it means the laser will not go deeper so scar risks are drastically reduced.

There are key points to a successful tattoo laser removal:

1. Preparing your body.

2. Contacting a quality laser tattoo removal clinic

3. Adhering to the proper before and laser tattoo removal aftercare instructions.

Each tattoo is unique and requires a different number of treatment sessions. While many patients want to know the exact number of treatments they will need, this is difficult to predict. The number of sessions required depends on a variety of factors. The number of treatments required is based on depth and volume of ink in the skin, type of ink, skin pigment, patient immune system and ink color. Dark, colored, cover-up and professional tattoos may take 10 or more laser tattoo removal treatments. Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable but only for a brief moment. Most sessions are completed within a few minutes and there is little pain experienced the moment the laser stops. Some patients are able to complete their laser tattoo removal treatments with five to 10 sessions. Moreover, many patients need additional treatment sessions, up to 20 sessions in some instances. While laser tattoo removal treatment has minimal risks, it is important to follow the proper laser tattoo removal aftercare. In some cases, it can even help reduce the number of laser tattoo removal treatments required.

Deciding to remove a tattoo you no longer want on your body can be a liberating decision. Now that you know what to expect during the laser tattoo removal recovery process, you are ready to start looking for a trusted tattoo removal clinic to help you through the tattoo removal process. Black is usually the easiest color to remove in a tattoo removal procedure. Greens, blues, yellow and white are the most difficult colors to remove. Overtime, most tattoos can be removed, however, dark tattoos, cover ups and brightly colored tattoos may not show visible progress for several treatments. Tattoo removal centers have the equipment to address all colors which require specific wave lengths. Many colors can be fully removed and those that cannot can be significantly faded so that most leave a faint shadow or blend in with the skin.

Many people eventually want to remove their tattoos, and one recent study found approximately 25 percent of people who get tattoos regret the decision.

Reasons why people change their minds regarding their tattoos:

* The tattoo might no longer hold the same emotional significance.

* Maybe the quality of the artwork is not what you expected.

* You could feel your personality or circumstances have changed, and the tattoo no longer reflects who you are.

* You may be concerned how the ink affects your professional life.

Your immune system plays an important role in tattoo removal recovery process, and the same is true of laser tattoo removal recovery. In preparation for your tattoo removal treatment sessions, focus on eating nutritious foods and exercising. Adding those will help keep your body healthy and ready to help you heal. Try immune-boosting foods like citrus fruits, which have lots of vitamin C or ginger, which has anti-inflammatory properties. The biggest mistake people make when having laser tattoo removal treatments done is failing to take a peek at customer reviews. Nothing is perfect but the majority of reviews should be positive. Looking at the company’s social media pages can also be telling.

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