Welcome to Tattoo Removal Glasgow

We are tattoo removal specialists based in Glasgow. Our clinics are quipped with the latest technology to remove ink as efficiently as possible. We offer a range of machines and techniques to suit most types and colours.

Tattoos can be wonderful, however when they don’t turn out how you wanted, or you now no longer want it, you may regret it every time you see it.

Luckily, the days where you are stuck with the ink for life are gone and they can be removed. There are two main ways to remove them however one is much more effective than the other. Ink removal can be done via special cream, or with lasers. To read about the differences between cremes and laser removal see our guide here.

Having a tattoo removed may not always purely for aesthetic reasons, unwanted designs as cause emotional stress and may even hold you back from getting a particular job. Tattoos in areas that are difficult to cover with clothing are the main problem for this, such as neck, or hand tatts. What seemed like a cool idea in your late teens or early twenties, may come back to bite you later in life when looking for that high paying job or promotion. If this sounds familiar, then we can help.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser removal.

How does it work?

A laser is directed at the skin and the energy from the laser breaks down the ink molecules until they are small enough to be absorbed by the skin and then naturally disposed via your bloodstream. Some inks can be broken down more quickly and easily depending on some factors such as ink colour, age of tattoo, if its a cover up tattoo, etc.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

This is one of the most popular questions about laser tattoo removal as its an obvious concern for most people, for obvious reasons. The truth is that yes laser removal can be uncomfortable though not unbearable, otherwise it wouldn’t be used as no one would by it! Luckily our doctors and nurses are fully qualified and trained to make your experience as pain free as possible. Special anaesthetic cremes can be applied to the tattoo to help numb the area before applying the laser.

Does it burn?
Laser removal is often mistaken for burning off a tattoo, but this is not the case. The laser penetrates to the dermis, the deep layer of skin where the ink is injected into. The lasers energy is used to break the ink down on a molecular level so they molecules are so small they can be absorbed by the body.

Customers said in the past that the sensation is similar to a rubber band flick against the skin, so uncomfortable, but not too painful. Unfortunately, there are no 100% pain free ways to remove a tattoo, so to this is something you will have to accept, but as said previously the pain can be reduced and is bearable.

How much does it cost?

The cost of getting a tattoo removed depends on may factors such as its age, the colour of the ink used, wether its a cover-up or not, etc.

In nearly all cases, patients will require multiple sessions to completely remove a tattoo. The average is around 4 to 6 sessions however it can be more or less depending on the above factors and what result you are looking for. Some customers want them removed completely so would need more sessions than someone who is simply needs an old tattoo faded before a cover-up is done.

How many sessions will I need?

Very similar to the above section on tattoo removal cost, the number of sessions needed depends on many considerations. Please see the above section for more information, or have a read of our handy guide here.

Do I really need laser removal? Can’t I just use a special creme or dermabrasion?

There are alternatives available such as removal cremes and micro dermabrasion. However these alternatives are generally considered to be significantly less effective at removing a tattoo. At best these treatments will slightly fade the appearance of a tattoo, but to completely remove one, its best to go with lasers.

The reason cremes are not as effective is because they struggle to penetrate the skin to the dermis (the deep layer of skin that the ink is located). Other concerns with cremes is they can have some unintended side affects as without being properly tested and matched with creme type to skin type, its impossible to know how your body may react to these cremes.

Some may think using a creme is a more pain free way to remove a tattoo. However if you consider the risk of potential side effects, plus the superior results you get from laser removal, then cremes seem much less attractive. The side effects may include: infection, itching, swelling, scabbing, permanent scabbing, discolouration, and others.

How long will it take to have a tattoo removed?

This is a concern for those looking to remove a design in time for a job interview, or perhaps a wedding.

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for this as the skin needs time to recover between sessions. It is recommended that 6 to 12 weeks is left between sessions, and customers usually need 4 to 6 sessions for complete removal. Due to this the total time needed can add up to be quite a while.

However long this may seem, its not likely to get any shorter so its best to take action as soon as possible and get started removing that tattoo that you cant bare to look at any longer, or is holding you back from that new job.

What colours can you remove?

Blacks and browns are usually the easiest colours to break down, however the latest machines on the market are able to remove a range of colours including blues, greens, yellows, reds and more.

For more information on how we can help you get started, contact us here