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Tattoo Removal

Effective, Safe and Reliable 

At Charlton Village we use Q-Switched lasers, which are considered by dermatologists to be the most effective, safe and reliable way to remove unwanted multi coloured tattoos with consistent and predictable results.


    Q Switched Lasers use a high powered beam of laser light in short pulses. The short pulse is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles, breaking them down into smaller pieces, enabling your natural immune defences to absord and disperse the ink. A gradual fading of the tattoo occurs over a series of treatments


    The skin will be cleaned and then the laser applicator is passed over the tattoo releasing quick pulses of light. An audible clicking noise is often heard as the ink particles shatter. After the treatment, a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied. During the treatment, protective eye wear will be provided.



Treatment time varies depending upon the size of the tattoo but generally between 10-30 minutes

No of Treatments

Varies* See our FAQ section below


Instant whitening is seen after the treatment. The area is likely to feel swollen & red for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a graze - which must be left to heal naturally


Long lasting removal 


  • How does the treatment feel?
  • Most patients describe the sensationg as similar to a hot pan prick or the flick of an elastic band. Whilst mildly uncomfortable,most people tolerate the treatment well. A skin cooling device may be utilised to reduce discomfort.
  • How does the skin look after treatment?
  • An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment, but this generally fades. The areas is likely to feel tender for a few hours and can be red or swollen for up to 48hrs. Some tattoos will form a graze - this must be left to heal naturally. Initially the tattoo is unlikely to look any different but will fade over the next 4 - 8 weeks as the body disperses it.
  • Are there any side effects?
  • Very rarely the skin ,ay beocme lighter or darker, or small blisters may form. Change to the skin texture and scarring is possible, though uncommon and is more likely due to if any grazes are not left to heal naturally. There may be loss of natural tanning ability in the treated area, which usually improves with time
  • How many treatments are necessary?
  • This depends on several factors, inclding teh dentisty and colour of inks and the afe of the tattoo. Amatuer tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 1 - 6 treatments, whereas professional tattoos may vary. Treatment sessions are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart.
  • Consultation 
  • Prior to the treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical hsitory are obtained in order to confirm suitability. You will be asked to sign a consent form, and a patch test is required.

Contact us to book a consultation or to discuss more information on tattoo removal