Tattoo Removal

The Sharp Practice is the first small business in the South West to combine a hospital standard tattoo removal clinic with a successful tattoo studio.

Already Health Authority registered, the business is now also registered with the Healthcare Commission and has attained hospital standards having completed rigorous health, safety and procedure checks in the process.

Reduction and removal is achieved using state-of-the-art laser machines which utilise the most up-to-date YAG and Ruby Q switched lasers capable of removing all colours.

The appointment books are increasingly full with those seeking tattoo removal at an affordable price. With charges starting from just £40, our rates are well below those charged by private hospitals.

Any tattoo, whether amateur or professional, can be removed, or the existing tattoo can be faded down and replaced with a new design over the top.

We are one of only a handful of shops in the country who are Healthcare Commission registered for tattoo removal.

The atmosphere in this family run shop is relaxed, welcoming and friendly, regularly receiving referrals from Salisbury District Hospital surgeons to match skin pigmentation. The practice offers a professional team specialising in different areas, three of the team being qualified laser technicians.

Customers often ask questions and we have put together some of the most commonly asked questions about tattoo removal.

If you have questions that are not listed below, and are specific to a tattoo that you wish to be reduced or removed, call us on +44 (0)1722 410148 and book an initial consultation at £20 (refunded on completion of a first treatment session).

Frequently asked questions

How does Laser work?

The systems use an active Q-switched laser which generates a high powered beam of laser light that is fired on the tattoo in an extremely short pulse. The laser light is absorbed by the tattoo ink particles and not the surrounding skin, therefore there in no cutting or burning of the skin. The laser breaks down the tattoo particles so that normal body defences are able to absorb and disperse the ink. This happens after every treatment, resulting in a gradual fading of the tattoo. Blue/Black, red/orange and green tattoo colours can usually be treated successfully.

How is the treatment carried out?

You will be asked to put on goggles to protect against eye damage. The tattoo area can be cooled with a cold air jet to ease any discomfort during treatment, or you may choose to use an anaesthetic cream which is applied on hour before treatment. After treatment a soothing lotion and a light dressing may be applied.

How does the skin look after treatment?

An instant whitening of the skin is seen after treatment but this generally fades quickly. The area will feel tender for a few hours and could be red or raised for up to 48 hours. Some tattoos will form a scab which must be left to heal naturally. The tattoo will not look a lot different initially, but will fade over the next few weeks as the body disperses it.

Is it safe?

In rare cases pigmentation changes can occur. Sometimes a change in skin texture or scarring can occur, particularly if any scabs are not allowed to heal naturally. Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form which should be left to resolve naturally. There may be loss of the natural tanning ability in the area treated, which usually improves with time.

The laser light can seriously damage your eyes, so everyone in the laser room must wear protective eyewear during the treatment.

How many treatments are necessary?

This depends on several factors, including the density and colour of inks and the age of the tattoo. Amateur tattoos can be quick to remove, taking 4 - 12 treatments, whereas professional tattoos vary considerably and some can take up to 20 treatments.

How long does each treatment take?

The initial consultation takes around 30 minutes. Treatment can take from 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the size, colouring and complexity of the tattoo. Treatments are spaced 6 to 10 weeks apart. You do not need to book block sessions.

How much does it cost?

Prices are based on the size and complexity of the tattoo and therefore the time required with the laser, and usually start at around £40 per treatment.

Aftercare

Sun avoidance is essential. Daily use of a high factor, broad spectrum sun block is strongly advised.