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What happens at my consultation?

We sit down and discuss your tattoo and how it is likely to respond to treatment. The entire removal process is described in detail.

Will it hurt?

Yes it does hurt a bit, there's no getting away from it, but it's over very quickly. I get consistent feedback that it feels like being pinged repeatedly with a rubber band.

Highland Tattoo Removal has a specialist aesthetic cold air blower that chills your skin before, during and after treatment. This helps protect your skin and makes the procedure much more comfortable.

You will receive a reminder to take paracetamol an hour or so before treatment, it really does help, but please don't take aspirin, Ibuprofen (Neurofen) or any fancy non-steroidal anti inflammatory painkillers (NSAID's).

How does the skin look after treatment?

An instant whitening or frosting of the tattoo is seen after treatment, but this fades after a few minutes. It then goes red and a bit swollen. A soothing antimicrobial gel will be applied, and I may cover the site with a sterile dressing if indicated.

We use a very high quality tattoo removal laser and although it's extremely powerful it is unlikely to break the skin or cause bleeding or scabbing. The same can not be said for cheap lasers.

The tattoo is mostly healed in 3 to 7 days after treatment and is fully healed from 2 to 4 weeks after treatment. Fading of the tattoo will occur over the full 8 weeks between treatments.

Are there any other side effects?

This procedure is extremely safe otherwise I wouldn't be doing it.

Blisters can occur and do not indicate a problem but are something that needs intervention. We offer a full aftercare service to deal with this.

The skin may become lighter during your course of treatment. This is quite common, particularly where colours have been removed. This is known as hypopigmentation and usually improves with time.

Hyperpigmentation is when the skin darkens in response to treatment. This is rare and resolves quickly

How many treatments will be necessary?

Please see Prices

Will tattoo removal scar me?

Scarring of any kind is very rare.

Textural changes from the original tattooing process is possible. This can become more obvious as the ink is removed.

Scarring from the tattoo removal itself is also possible, but tends to be minimal and is associated with poor aftercare. With my current equipment I estimate my scarring rate to be less than 1% of customers treated.

Cheap tattoo removal lasers are extremely likely to scar you. Non-laser tattoo removal "treatments" are invariably harmful and to be avoided. I will show you pictures of this at your consultation.

What do I do before I come?

Take a couple of paracetamol an hour or so before treatment. You will receive a text message to remind you to do this. It really does help, but please don't take aspirin, Ibuprofen (Neurofen) or any fancy non-steroidal anti inflammatory painkillers (NSAID's).

If you are having your tattoo removed from a hairy place, please shave the area the day before treatment using a quality new razor.

Please do not put any products, creams or moisturisers on your skin on the day of treatment.

Please do not put fake tan on the tattooed area for at least a week before treatment.

Make sure you haven't skipped any meals before coming for tattoo removal. Don't come with a hangover or intoxicated. If you're feeling unwell in any way, it would be better to reschedule your appointment to a later time. Hydrate well in the 24 hours before your treatment. If you're having a large tattoo removed, load up on carbs before your appointment.

What do I do when I get there?

Detailed directions to the Birchwood clinic can be found on the Find Me page.

Please park at the front of Birchwood House in the designated customer parking area. If there is another car there already, then please park in front of the Highland Tattoo Removal car further up the drive taking care not to obstruct access for my lovely new neighbours.

The clinic entrance is round to the left hand side of the house near the wooden fence.

I do not have a waiting room facility, so if you’re early or in the rare instance that I have an appointment over running, you may have to wait in your car.

If the blinds are closed in my clinic room, I am probably lasering someone else.

What do I do after treatment?

Detailed aftercare instructions are provided after your first treatment and an aftercare document is provided for reference. This can also be emailed to you on request.

I am always available for post-treatment advice. If you have any any issues I may ask you to come in for review. I never charge for any follow up appointments, only for tattoo removal sessions.

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes! Customers tend to be much more relaxed if they bring a friend and this is recommended, but only 1 extra person please. For safety reasons, children can not be in the clinic during laser treatment under any circumstances.

How do I pay for my treatment?

You pay for each treatment on the day and you are not tied into a fixed treatment schedule. You come for treatment when you are ready to although we will send you reminders when you are due for your next one if you haven't already rebooked your next appointment.

Highland Tattoo Removal has the facility to take payment from a wide range of debit and credit cards. You can also pay in cash.

How long will it take to remove my tattoo and how much will it cost?

Please see Prices. If you send me a picture of your tattoo I will be able to give you a quote and more detailed advice.

If I have a tattoo removed, can I get another tattoo in its place?

Yes you can, I call this "preparation for coverup". The treatment is exactly the same, but it means you can get away with far fewer sessions. If I think your tattoo may be impossible to remove I will suggest this option to you.

Do I have to have a Patch Test?

YES. Patch testing is part of the terms of my clinical insurance and is compulsory in all cases - no exceptions. This is charged at a flat rate of £30 and includes a free tube of aloe vera aftercare gel.

What is a laser?

Laser is light, clean sterile light amplified to a very high energy. There are no needles or anything like that involved.

The Highland Tattoo Removal machine actually has 2 lasers inside which produce 3 different wavelengths or colours of laser light that can be used to treat different colours of ink in your tattoo. Other variables are energy, or strength of the laser, the size of the laser spot on your skin, and the rate that the very short pulses of laser energy are delivered to your tattoo

I have another question not listed here?

Please use the "Show Me Your Tattoo" button below for individualised advice regarding your tattoo or if you have any other questions.

Frequently Asked Questions