Tattoo Removal Ireland
We specialize in the safe and painless laser tattoo removal in Ireland, this includes the removal of embarrassing or unsightly body marks too, like Birthmarks, Sunspots, Freckles, Etc. Our unique Private surgery located in Kiltoom, Athlone offers clients a homely atmosphere, instead of a Clinical one. We offer everyone a completely Individual service as we believe that one size does not fit all.
Tattoo Removal Laser | How does it remove tattoo?
To fully understand how marks on skin are removed using our lasers, you must first understand what those marks are.
These are intentionally inked marks, where an ink is injected into the skin pigments to colour them and usually form a pattern or dots which make up a picture. These may be done professionally or by an amateur Tattoo Artist. Depending on the artists skill, some of these inks may be injected deeper into the Epidermis than others.
Occasions occur where an Artist has made mistakes or, the outcome pattern is not satisfactory to the recipient and requires removal either in part or full. There are 5 different ways to remove a Tattoo, but we only use the most successful and quickest one, the YAG laser. A higher laser intensity setting is required for those inked pigments that are deeper in the skin than the shallow ones. We always pre-scan the inking to see the depth of the coloured pigments and volume of ink before we carry out the procedure.
Tattoo's are easier to remove if the containing skin area has been shielded from tanning by sunlight and/or lamps.
Tanning lotions, creams and gels should also be avoided on an area with a tattoo that you want removed by laser.
Tattoo removal becomes easier if our simple guidelines are followed.
Birthmarks - are a benign irregularity on the skin which is present at birth or appears shortly after birth, usually in the first month. They can occur anywhere on the skin. Birthmarks are caused by overgrowth of blood vessels, melanocytes, smooth muscle, fat, fibroblasts, or keratinocytes. Dermatologists divide birthmarks into two types. Pigmented birthmarks, caused by excess skin pigment cells and include moles, coffee spots, and Mongolian spots. Vascular birthmarks (also called red birthmarks) are caused by increased blood vessels and include macular stains (salmon patches), hemangiomas, and Port-wine stains.
Sunspots/Freckles - The formation of these are triggered by exposure to sunlight. The exposure to UV-B radiation activates melanocytes to increase melanin production, which can cause sunspots to become darker and more visible. Upon exposure to the sun, they will reappear if they have been altered with cream or laser and not protected from the sun afterwards by shading or sunblock creams.
There are many other types of marks on the skin that can be removed by laser, even spider veins (Telangiectasia), skin cancer, pigmentation disorders etc. and a proper analysis of each mark, including intentional ones like tattoos, is necessary to determine intensity and frequency settings for the laser. We have witnessed burn marks, blisters, bleeding wounds, infections and lasting scars that are direct results from Improperly set lasers.
Skin is by nature, different depths in many areas of the human body, some areas are more sensitive where a thin layer of skin exists.
Lasers are used in industry for many purposes, such as engraving and even cutting metals. That is why a proper setting of laser intensity is imperative, one which is not damaging to the human skin area.
A qualified physician may require you to answer some simple safety questions (Re: diabetes, hypertension, pregnancy etc.) before carrying out laser procedures, these are concerning your general health and are for your safety as well as the comfort of the operator,
Lasers target tattoos with a very specific wavelength of light energy – in fact, a separate wavelength is needed for each ink color. Our popular Q-Switched lasers use Photo Acoustic energy to gently penetrate the skin and target tattoo ink. The light energy gently vibrates and shatters the tattoo ink into micro-particles that are eventually eliminated through the body’s natural processes. Because the laser delivers the energy in a very precise ‘beam,’ trained physicians can trace the design without damaging the surrounding skin
Your Initial Consultation Process
Your First Consultation is absolutely Free. This may take place on any day of the week that a vacancy exists Monday-Saturday inc. It consists of a skin inspection of the Tattoo/Mark area to determine your suitability to the Laser procedure, then a scan of your Tattoo(s) for Ink depth and volume and finally, a general discussion which includes estimates of sessions required and costs. A single test beam on your Tattoo/mark may be offered to those who fear the procedure. To book a consultation, please let us know which days of the week would suit you best and we shall provide Dates and times of available appointments for you to choose from. (any list provided is only valid for 24hrs).
Laser tattoo removal requires several sessions. On average, professional tattoos may need 6 or more treatments, while amateur tattoos may need only just between 3 to 5 treatments, spaced a minimum six weeks apart. Your body process continues to extract the fragmented particles for up to 40 Days after your laser treatment, to prevent disrupting this pattern and damaging your skin cells, the area should NOT be interfered with in any way within this extraction period. The number of treatments depends on the size of the tattoo, the amount and type of ink used, the colours used and the depth of the ink in the skin. The location of the tattoo will also affect the clearance rate. Everyone has different skin textures, some will need more sessions than others for removal of a similar mark. YOU decide when sufficient treatments have cleared enough to your satisfaction, a rare occasion occurs when only just 2 is enough, but that is rare!
After the first treatment, you’ll notice a temporary whitening of the treated area, usually gone within the hour. Over time, the tattoo will fade and the skin returns to normal color. The more treatments you receive the greater your marks fade.
When you visit us for an appointment, we have certain procedures that we follow so that your safety and visit is as comfortable as possible.
- Questions from us to you regarding your general health. (BP may be taken)
- Questions you may wish to ask about your treatment.
- Scan scope, this is a scope which first takes a photograph of your mark(s) then analyzes them for depth and volume with its microscopic capabilities.
- An anaesthetic cream or icing may be offered for sensitive areas.
- Dark eye protection or face mask is mandatory for protection of your eyes.
- Following your procedure, Vsat patches are available if required.
Post Tattoo RemovalFollowing a laser procedure, the area will become pink or red, this is normal. It may feel warm or sometimes look alarming, this will clear, usually within the first hour. There are some essential precautions which you should understand and observe for your own comfort and to prevent damage and/or infection of the treated areas.......
- Do not allow tight clothing to rub against or near treated area for some time (Friction creates inflamation!).
- If we have provided you with VSat patches, please use them as prescribed by us. They protect you!
- Never expose treated area to direct sunlight, heat, steam or attempt to cool by ice for 24hrs.
- Do not take hot baths, showers or allow hot water near treated area for at least 24 hours.
- Very rarely, small blisters may appear, DO NOT POP them, these may be treated by massaging in small circles with Olive oil.
- We provide a daytime (10am-10pm) phone and 24hr text support service to all our clients.
We place an emphasis on your safety and that of our staff and are always willing to make your visit to us as comfortable as possible so that you will remember us for all the right reasons.
If you find our services good – tell others, if not – please tell us!
For safety on the Phone, we do NOT answer blocked numbers.
Plus, we may not make appointments for those who have failed to attend for a previous one without first calling to re-schedule or cancel, this is unfair as it prevents another person receiving treatment and, to us, it is lost business.
Jim Breslin B.Sc.
Any records about you that are held by us are protected by the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Medical Confidentiality Laws. These are strictly confidential and never disclosed to anyone without your written consent.