Tattoo Removal

Tattoo Removal 

Tattoo Removal with laser machine

Tattoo removal using laser is the gradual fading of the tattoo utilising multiple treatments over time. While tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them with laser treatment fully or partially for “cover-up”. Tattoo removal is most commonly performed using lasers to break down the ink particles in the tattoo. The broken-down ink is then absorbed by the body, mimicking the natural fading that time or sun exposure would create. All tattoo pigments have specific light absorption spectra. A tattoo laser must be capable of emitting adequate energy within the given absorption spectrum of the pigment to provide an effective treatment. Certain tattoo pigments, such as yellows, whites and fluorescent inks are more challenging to treat than blacks, purples greens, reds and blues.

In Dundrum Cosmetic Clinic, we use the 755nM alexendrite, 1064nM Nd:Yag, 532nM KTP and 796nM Ruby lasers for optimum results. Constantly striving to maximise results for our clients, we are the only clinic to offer the very latest Picosure technology in Dublin!


 How does the treatment work?

When placed, a tattoo is permanent. Tattoo ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally. By passing the energy of a very short pulse of high power laser light through the skin, the tattoo ink is broken into smaller particles which the body is then able to remove.

How many treatments are required to remove a tattoo?

There are many factors involved, but typically for the older technology q-switch, most professional tattoos require anything from 8 to 14. Picosure laser would generally treat the tattoo in half that number of sessions. Treatment sessions are taken at, typically, 6 to 8 week intervals. Amateur tattoos may be removed in one or two sessions.

What are the costs likely to be?

The cost of each session depends on the size and colour of the tattoo. The total cost of the tattoo removal depends on the number of treatments needed and this varies considerably from patient to patient. Costs for the Picosure laser would generally be twice that of the older technology. As space is limited, a booking deposit of €20 is necessary to secure a consultation appointment.

For the older technology, Q-Switch method

For Q-switch, prices start from €40 per session. Consultations cost €20. This consultation cost is fully redeemable against a package of treatments only. Patients who have had tattoo treatment previously must attend the specialist clinic, where consultations are a non-redeemable €30.

Area (Q-Switch) Cost from (per session, €)
Small tattoo 40-80
Medium tattoo 80-120
Large tattoo 120-160

Pricing for the latest technology  Picosure does cost more!


Tattoo removal

Should you have any questions or queries regarding prices, please phone for more information. If you are unsure, why not send a photo to info@dundrumclinic.com and ask for a telephone consultation?

Picosure Tattoo Removal Dublin
Discounts of up to 20% available when you pre-pay for a package of treatments!

Do all tattoos respond to treatment?

In the majority of cases we are able to remove the tattoo to the satisfaction of the client. No one laser can remove all types of tattoo ink, this is why we use up to four lasers on the site to ensure best results. White, gold or fluorescent colours cannot be treated. Yellow, pink and orange can sometimes be faded only.

How long does it take and does it hurt?

Consultations are 30 minutes. Typical treatment sessions last between 15 and 40 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo.

The lasers do cause discomfort during treatment. In Dundrum Cosmetic Clinic, we have the benefit of the Coolblast Cooling System to aid client comfort. Some areas are more sensitive than others, such as ribs, ankles and the shoulder blades. The pain can decrease as treatment progresses and the tattoo ink fades. Most patients tolerate the discomfort of treatment very well, but a local anaesthetic is available if required.

Are there any after-effects following treatment?

There are many potential tissue responses that may occur including redness and swelling which appears similar to sunburn. This should settle within a few days. Some patients may blister, which is quite normal and does not indicate potential scarring. The treated area should not be exposed to strong sunlight between sessions without the use of sunblock (SPF 50).

Does the treatment scar?

When directions are followed, there is normally no lasting damage to the skin. Occasionally, mild changes in skin texture may occur. The possibility of scarring when using FDA approved equipment is remote. It is important to follow the aftercare guidelines  closely.

Will the skin be normal when the treatment is finished?

Ruby and KTP laser light is absorbed by skin pigment as well as tattoo ink. Patients may notice some lightening of the skin . We advise clients to follow the aftercare protocols. We tend to limit treatment for darker skinned patients to the Nd:YAG laser as the risk of pigment change is less. There is a greater possibility of blistering or hypopigmentation from the KTP and Picosure lasers.

Is laser treatment safe?

We have been treating tattoos for over 10 years, and have built on the considerable experience that we have learned over this time.  There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the laser treatment can lead to skin disorders or an increased risk of cancer. Please note that we do not accept clients that have tattoos adversely treated previously in a venue that we would not refer to. A partly treated tattoo is difficult to access and quantify. We advise all prospective clients to research properly, and we discourage the usage of so called “cheap tattoo removal” advertised on daily deal sites such as groupon and living social. Patients who have had tattoo treatment previously must attend the specialist clinic, where consultations are a non-redeemable €30. Based on a full consultation, a decision will be taken as to whether we will deal with a partly treated tattoo.

PicoSure – for better tattoo clearance in fewer treatments

Until the launch of PicoSure tattoo removal clinic in Dublin, Q-Switched lasers had been considered the gold standard for removing tattoos. Q-switched laser treatments use thermal energy to heat up and break apart the ink particles. Now with PicoSure, ultra-short pulses (see the video here) hit the ink particle with a pressure so great, the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles. Because the particles are so small, they are more readily absorbed and eliminated by the body. This usually means better clearance of the tattoo and less treatments overall!

If you would like to know more about tattoo removal and how it can help you, call us on 01 2166 778, or fill out the ‘Contact Us’ form.


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