How Does Tattoo Removal in Birmingham Work?

Considering a tattoo removal treatment? Well, you’re not alone.

Nowadays, it’s believed that around 35% of UK citizens aged between 30-39 have tattoos.

The most remarkable stats come out of Birmingham, where tattoos are actually the most popular in the UK. Reports show a staggering 48% of people from Birmingham have at least six tattoos, while 45% reported between 11 and 15 tattoos. There is no doubt then that Birmingham is the tattoo capital of the UK.

However, times change. Research suggests that a striking 75% (3 out of 4 people) regret their tattoos.

So, whether your tattoo has lost its meaning or you’re dissatisfied with the artistic quality, tattoo removal in Birmingham is a completely normal procedure.

This guide aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and provide practical advice on how tattoo removal works. Hopefully, this will help put your mind at rest.

What is tattoo removal?

Tattoo removal is a professional procedure designed to remove an unwanted tattoo. There are typically five tattoo removal procedures:

  • Laser tattoo removal

Laser tattoo removal remains the best and safest form of tattoo removal. It requires fewer sessions and works faster than other tattoo removal treatments.

It starts when the laser strikes the colour pigments of the tattoo and the energy splits the ink particles into smaller pieces. These ink particles then get replaced by white blood cells.

Finally, the former ink is transported to the liver, which safely processes the particles out of the body.   

  • Tattoo removal cream

Although this sounds like a nice method of tattoo removal at a lower cost, ink is extremely difficult to remove with cream or ointments.

The best possible outcome of this type of tattoo removal is that the ink slightly fades.

  • Tattoo removal injections

Injections of liquid solutions such as glycolic acid can be applied beneath the skin of the tattoo as a form of removal. But be wary. These injections can leave scars on the skin, and the effectiveness of injections isn’t guaranteed.

  • Salabrasion and dermabrasion 

Salabrasion is the oldest form of tattoo removal, which uses a salt-based solution and abrasion instrument. Dermabrasion is a similar method but uses a mechanical instrument as a form of abrasion. Both these procedures are notoriously painful.

  • Skin excision

Skin excision completely removes the tattooed skin surgically and is suitable for smaller tattoos. This method of physical excision will no doubt leave a scar and might be impossible, depending on the size of the tattoo.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

Tattoo removal isn’t a hugely painful procedure, but it depends on which tattoo procedure you choose and your personal pain threshold.

The most common attempt at painless tattoo removal remains tattoo removal creams or ointments. However, this option is often ineffective.

The best option is laser tattoo removal. This procedure can be surprisingly painless considering the results. Once again, the question goes down to the personal preference and pain threshold of the individual.

Ultimately, to remove a tattoo, there is going to be a little pain but not so much to get anxious about. Choosing the right treatment from a specialist trained technician is key.

Does tattoo removal work completely?

Tattoo removal works if you choose the right method. The most effective solution for tattoo removal in Birmingham is laser treatment.

Using the latest laser removal technology such as PicoSure will guarantee you remove the tattoo completely.

The creator of PicoSure, CynoSure, reveals the effectiveness of the PicoSure laser is in its special focus lens.

This cutting-edge lens shoots short pulses that flash at a trillionth of a second. Due to its incredible ability to work quickly, it doesn’t produce as much heat and minimises pain.

How many treatments to remove a tattoo?

A PicoSure laser removal treatment will typically take between four to ten sessions, depending on the size, pigmentation, and colours of the tattoo.

The good news is that treatments only last between 15 and 30 minutes. So, you can even squeeze in a tattoo removal session in Birmingham on your lunch break.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

To remove the tattoo, the ink in your skin must be broken down into smaller pieces. These are then taken by white blood cells to your liver before being removed safely from the body.

The revolutionary PicoSure laser removal technology works by stimulating the skin cells.  These skin cells then change under exposure to light. After breaking down skin cells safely, they are naturally removed by the body.

Does tattoo removal leave a scar?

Certain tattoo removal treatments are sure to leave a scar where others won’t. Skin excision, injections and abrasion methods will most likely leave you with a lasting scar.

To guarantee you don’t end up with a scar, laser treatment using PicoSure laser technology is the ideal solution. The speed of the PicoSure laser with its special focus lens makes minimal to no damage to the skin. Once again, all cases are dependent on the size, pigmentation, and colour of a tattoo.

How much does tattoo laser removal cost?

The cost of tattoo removal in Birmingham depends on which clinic you choose and how many sessions are required.

At Virtue Hair and Skin Care, we provide a free consultation with one of our expert clinicians. Our specialists will then create a treatment plan and pricing structure, depending on your tattoo size and type. On average, tattoo removal starts from £70 per session.

You will receive up to 8 sessions with a certified PicoSure Laser Tattoo removal expert who will guide you through the treatment until you are satisfied.

Speak to the experts in tattoo removal in Birmingham

If you have a tattoo you wish to remove safely, with minimal pain and scarring, then contact Virtue Hair and Skin Care.

Using laser tattoo removal, our experts can help remove:

  • Multi-coloured tattoos
  • Stubborn black ink
  • Previously treated tattoos

You can find out more about our tattoo removal services in Birmingham here.