When you have a tattoo, the particles of ink are too large for the body to destroy. Instead, it encapsulates the particles of ink within a network of collagen fibres as the skin heals, this is where the ink stays and the tattoo is created.
Laser works by targeting the ink within the tattoo. When the laser beam locates ink within the body, it causes the ink to break up into smaller particles. These smaller particles are then absorbed by the bodies defence and immune system, which in turn removes the ink particles through the bodies natural waste process.
The laser can only shatter a certain amount of ink in one treatment, so several treatments will be needed to obtain the desired result. The intervals between sessions must be at least four to six weeks, this time allows the skin to heal fully between treatments. We take photographs at each stage so you will be able to follow the progress of your reduction/removal. If you are only having reduction for a cover-up tattoo, then we work closely with the respective artist to ensure that we stop treatment when the artist is happy with the result. This means you do not have to pay for many continued and unnecessary sessions if they are not required.
There are a significant number of factors which influence how quickly or successfully the reduction/removal process is. These include the type of ink used, how old the tattoo is, the quality of the original work and also each individuals own metabolism and ability to heal.
We can never guarantee complete removal due to the above, however we have many photographs of the work we have done so far, and have a number of extremely good results.
Finally, yes having laser removal treatment does hurt. It is similar to having an elastic band snapped on your skin. Generally it is a little more painful than the tattoo process itself, however it is very fast and once the process is complete the skin is just a little warm (similar to mild sunburn).