Q-Switched Laser Tattoo Removal Now Available at Colaz

We're excited to announce that Colaz now offers Q-switched laser tattoo removal

Regardless of your reason for wanting to remove a tattoo, when you decide you want it gone, you want the procedure
to be as effective and pain-free as possible.

What are Salicylic Acid Peels?

Salicylic acid is a type of Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that is derived from willow bark, although it is also found in some fruits and vegetables such as strawberries and tomatoes.

Like glycolic acid (AHA,) it works by breaking the bonds between the cells on the surface of the skin so old and dead cells can be lifted away. However, salicylic peels can often work better than water based glycolic AHA peels since BHA is lipid soluble.

This means that salicylic peels for acne or any other skin condition is more effective at penetrating oily skin and breaking down the excessive amounts of fatty substances (sebum) that clog pores. Studies have also shown that BHA products can destroy a bacterium that settles within the pores and causes blemishes, blackheads, or rashes.

If you are looking for a skin peel to treat oily, acne prone skin, salicylic acid will likely work better for you than glycolic acid treatments.

Salicylic acid is a popular ingredient in many over-the-counter acne treatment products, however, the concentration is usually between 0.05% and 5%. Although some people may notice improvements in cases of mild acne or occasional breakouts, severe skin conditions typically require much higher concentrations.

Why Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is not the only way to rid yourself of an unwanted tattoo, but in general it is the quickest,  safest, most affordable and most effective method.

Results can be seen immediately after your first visit whereas tattoo removal creams can take months (if ever) and chemical peels never fully remove a tattoo. If patience isn't your virtue then removal creams and chemical peels are definitely not the right option for you.

Risk of any long term damage to skin is minimal whereas the option of dermabrasion removal can take months for the skin to heal and even then, not always completely. Though laser tattoo removal is not pain free, the healing process is faster and there is less chance of painful after effects.

Most alternative options are either so painful or ineffective that laser removal replaced them as soon as it became available. 

Before Getting a Tattoo Removed

Getting a tattoo removed is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly. It important that you choose a qualified professional and understand what is involved in the procedure.  Before you make that call:

Measure Expectations

When it comes to laser tattoo removal, there are no guarantees. Results vary. Every tattoo and skin type is different.

Circulation enhances results so you'll generally find that the further from your heart your tattoo is located, the longer it will take to see results. Tattoo removal at the extremities of arms and legs may take more removal treatments than ones on your shoulder or back.

Some tattoos will only show partial fading after multiple treatments, leaving you with a mottled impression of your former tattoo (aka a ghost tattoo) or sometimes even raised scarring. A new tattoo can cover an imperfect removal, but it is important that you discuss all eventualities with your laser treatment expert before you start the removal process. If you don't feel confident with one opinion, get two or more.

Understand that Tattoo Removal Requires Multiple Treatments and
4-8 Week Recovery Times Between Each

How many treatments will be required to remove your tattoo? That's not something that can be easily answered. It will definitely take more than one treatment. In fact, it will likely take 10 or more, depending on the color, size, and location of your tattoo, as well as other factors related to your skin, etc.

Be aware that there is a wait time between each removal treatment to allow the skin to recover. The average wait time is 4 to 6 weeks, but could be as long as 8 weeks. The last thing you want to do is rush to complete the removal and suffer from painful and/or long lasting side effects. A reputable technician will insist on proper wait times. Be prepared to allow your body to heal between treatments.

Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure Stages

Be Aware of Potential Side Effects

It is not uncommon to experience swelling, redness, blisters or other temporary symptoms following a tattoo removal treatment. These symptoms are nothing to worry about unless they persist after a week or two. 

You should also be aware of the following potential side effects:

  • Burns
  • Changes in the skin's texture
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Lightening of the skin
  • Scars
  • Infections

These are less common, but it is important to be aware of them before starting any procedure.   7 Ways to Prevent Laser Tattoo Removal Scars

Get to Know Your Tattoo Removal Specialist

Don't blindly enter a shop and start a removal process with no knowledge of the business or the qualifications of their staff. Book a consultation and be prepared to ask questions particular to your unique self.

Your tattoo, skin type, and other factors may raise or lower the risk for side effects and affect how many treatments you'll need to remove your tattoo. Now is the time to get the information you need to make a decision on who will remove your tattoo and what your removal method of choice will be.

Tattoo Removal Cost

The cost of removing your tattoo is estimated by first knowing how many sessions you will need.

The price depends on the location, colour, and size of your tattoo. The larger the tattoo, the higher the cost of removal. Depending on the scale of the area to be treated, the prices can range from £50 to £250 per session. Each tattoo looks and responds differently to the laser so it's difficult to quote a general price without first seeing the tattoo. 

Also, because of the different amounts of inks used within the skin, there is often some variation from one tattoo to another. On average, it could take between 12 to 24 sessions to remove a tattoo to the point where other people cannot see it. 

After each treatment, you need to take a break for the skin to recover so treatments are spread between 4-8 weeks apart.

If you would like an idea on a price then simply take an image of your tattoo and send it to us here. For instructions on how to do that just click the box below.

Book Your Consultation Now

Feel free to call, email, or stop by any of CoLaz's locations

If you would like an idea on a price then simply take an image of your tattoo and send it to us here. For instructions on how to do that just click the box below.

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