If you have a tattoo that you no longer want, laser removal may be the answer. Choosing a reputable clinic for the actual procedure is naturally very important, but careful aftercare is also essential to ensure proper healing and to avoid unwanted side effects such as changes in skin texture or infection.

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According to You Gov, only 14 per cent of British people with tattoos regret having them, but if you are no longer happy with your tattoo, or want small changes made to it, laser removal will help.

The Procedure

Laser tattoo removal is the most effective way of getting rid of an unwanted tattoo. The treatment is quick and simple, with the laser breaking down the tattoo’s pigment in a fraction of a second. The laser only penetrates the superficial skin layers, so scarring is extremely rare. A superficial skin wound is created, and the area that has been treated immediately becomes white, with this lasting for just a few minutes.


For the first twenty-four hours after tattoo removal, a cold compress can help to reduce inflammation and discomfort, as can elevation. You should not engage in much physical activity or take a hot sauna or shower at this time either.

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Your clinic will recommend a suitable ointment and dressings to apply to the area. Clinics such as http://www.chlaser.co.uk/carbon-laser-facial/ will advise you on how long these should be used for and how frequently they should be changed. As with other treatments such as a carbon laser facial, you should keep out of direct sunlight and avoid salt water and hot tubs for around two weeks, at least until the tattoo is healed.

The area should be kept clean. Use antibacterial soap to wash and pat dry gently. Do not use fierce showers.

Do not pop blisters or pick at scabs that form, as this can cause infections or scarring to develop. Continue to apply the recommended ointment until the area has settled down. Avoid shaving the area until complete healing has occurred and apply sunscreen, even under clothing.

If you need pain relief, avoid analgesics such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin, which may increase the risk of bleeding or bruising. Use paracetamol instead.

Your clinic will advise you if you have any concerns or questions following your laser tattoo removal treatment.