Types of tattoo removal.

Types of tattoo removal

Types of tattoo removal




The above 3 treatments are all different types of tattoos which can be removed using Q-switch lasers.

A Q-switch laser is considered by dermatologists as the safest, most clinically effective, and reliable procedure for the removal of amateur and professional tattoos of various size and colours with consistent, predictable results.

At Skin Happy we can fully remove tattoos and coverup tattoos. We can part remove a tattoo or fade it down ready for a cover up.


How does Tattoo Removal work?

The laser light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink, causing rapid thermal expansion and an audible shock wave that shatters the ink into smaller pieces all without burning or damaging the upper layer of skin.

It is then possible for the smaller pieces of ink to be absorbed by your body’s natural immune defences disposing of the ink gradually over time. Visually, we see the tattoo fading over a series of treatments.

How many treatments are required?

This depends on several factors such as the density, colours, and age of the tattoo. 

Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 3 to 8 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and can take up to 15 treatments, some can be more.  

Semi-permanent makeup removal on the eyebrows usually contains less ink and are not placed as deep as a standard tattoo. These can take 1-5 treatments to removal or less if they just need to be faded down ready for new semi-permanent brow treatments.

Radiotherapy spots can take between 4-8 treatments.

Treatment intervals are spaced at 8-10 weeks apart. Overall, removing a tattoo can be a long process taking several sessions over several months. Patience is required but you will be happy with the results.

How long does treatment take?

Each treatment can take anything from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo.

Large tattoos will need to be split into different appointments or they can be treated alternately over several sessions.

Does Tattoo Removal hurt?

Clients describe the sensation like a hot pin prick or the flick of an elastic band. Most clients tolerate the treatment well and is often described as no more discomfort than having a tattoo done.  A skin cooling device is often used to reduce any discomfort. 

 What is the recovery period?

The area treated is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red and swollen for up to 48 hours. 

Some tattoos may form a graze or blister which must be left to heal naturally.

These are classed as normal reactions. Detailed aftercare advice is given to all clients.

Can all colours be removed?

No. Laser tattoo removal works best on dark ink. The most difficult colours to remove are green and pale blues. White cannot be removed.

If you are looking for a coverup tattoo these colours are typically easy to cover.


I am currently offering a free Radiotherapy Tattoo Removal Program for Cancer Survivors.  

What are Radiotherapy spots?

Radiotherapy spots are tattoos usually placed at the side of the breast area and/or directly in the middle of the breasts.

Depending on the type of radiotherapy you have had, your radiographer may have made 1-5 pin-point tattoo marks or dots on your skin. Those markers will then be used to line up the radiotherapy machine, making sure that they treat the exact same area each time.

When can they be removed?

Before treatment to remove the spots can be commenced you are required to discuss this with your consultant and get their approval with a written letter.

Your radiotherapy treatment needs to have been completed and you are in remission for a period of time, indicated by your consultant.

Should I have my radiotherapy spots removed?

This is optional and depends on how you feel about them.

Some ladies do not want a permanent reminder of how poorly they were in that stage of their lifetime and feel the removal of them is a good way to move on.

The process to remove radiotherapy spots involves a free 60-minute consultation and patch test followed by a series of treatments spaced 8-10 weeks apart. 

The treatment time only takes a few seconds and in terms of pain, it is tolerable.

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