We were one of the first clinics to offer laser tattoo removal in Dublin, and with over 15 years experience we have the knowledge and know-how to choose Dundrum Cosmetic Clinic if you have a tattoo that needs removing. Fading the tattoo using laser is a safe procedure, and if you follow the aftercare procedure closely then you will soon start to see the results you desire.
How Does it Work?
There is some interesting science behind laser tattoo removal. The ink particles that are first deposited into the skin when you have a tattoo are too big for the immune system to break down itself, hence why tattoos are seen as a permanent addition to your skin. However, the PicoSure laser is used to break down these large ink particles into smaller particles. As that process continues over a series of treatments it is left to your immune system to break down the smaller particles, gradually fading the appearance of the tattoo. The intervention of the laser does not removal tattoo ink, it simply “speeds-up” the boby’s natural process.
How Long Will it Take?
Because these ink particles cannot be broken down in one treatment, it will take a number of sessions over a long period of time to achieve the desired results. As mentioned, it takes time for your immune system to clear away the ink particles and remove the appearance of the tattoo. Although the treatment itself only takes around 5-10 minutes, these treatments are typically given at ten week intervals.
We’re proud to have been the first clinic in Dublin to use advanced PicoSure laser technology to treat your tattoo, with seven sessions the average number of treatments typically required to remove your tattoo. Our alternative laser, Q-Switch or ruby laser, comes at a cheaper cost per treatment but generally requires more sessions.
The length of time also depends on the colour of the tattoo. At Dundrum Clinic we have four different lasers to treat differently-coloured tattoos, which is important because different coloured tattoos produce different ink particles. We cannot treat white, gold or fluorescent coloured tattoos, whilst yellow can sometimes be faded only. Darker colours such as blue, green purple or black are generally the most straight-forward to treat because their ink particles have better resonance with the Picosure laser.
How Much Will it Cost?
Because of the technology used, size of the tattoo and colour of the underlying ink particles, the total cost of treatment can differ greatly from patient to patient. You can rest assured that we’ll work with you to find the most effective and affordable option for your tattoo removal whilst never compromising your safety. A consultation at our clinic costs just €20 and will be refunded if you purchase a package of treatments, payment plans are available.
To give you a rough idea of the costs involved, a tattoo that is the size of a two euro coin will cost in the region of €76 average cost in a prepaid package of sessions, per session to treat with our standard Q-Switch technology. PicoSure laser treatment will cost more per session but require fewer sessions.
What Happens After Each Session?
The aftercare involved with laser tattoo removal is every bit as important as the treatment itself. You may experience redness, swelling, itchiness or blisters after a treatment, but our experts will suggest the necessary creams and lotions to control these side effects.
In general it is a good idea to rest your body in the days following a treatment. It is working harder than normal to remove the ‘foreign’ ink particles from your skin, so you shouldn’t put the area that was recently treated under any more physical stress than necessary.
There is a reasonably large time period in between each session – our recommendation is ten weeks – this is to allow the body to eliminate the “ink”, the laser does not go under the skin to take out and ink. You’ll be provided with all the aftercare information you need by our specialists. The side effects listed above should only last for a few days before settling down again, however most patients experience effects such as redness for only a few hours post treatment.