Your Top 5 Tattoo Removal Questions Answered

Tattoo Removal is one of the most popular procedures available at Snowberry Lane Clinic, with many people seeking to remove black ink tattoos that they now no longer want. Tattoo removal works by using laser technology, that delivers short pulses of laser light energy to the tattooed area. The dark pigment in the ink absorbs this energy and is destabilising and breaking it down.

  1. How many treatments are needed?
    The removal of a tattoo is a big commitment, it takes multiple treatments over a long period of time and the number of treatments needed depends on the size and age of the tattoo as well as the individual’s skin type. On average around 10 treatments are needed. Each treatment must be 2 months apart in order to let the skin heal itself properly, so as you can see it takes years to fully remove a tattoo.
  • Does it hurt?
    The short answer – yes. We try to minimise discomfort with topical anaesthetic cream, but much like getting a tattoo, it is not a pain free process. People liken this treatment to the sensation of a rubber band being flicked against the skin.
  • What happens after the treatment?

After the procedure a dressing will be applied to treated area which can stay in place for up to 24 hours. There will be some whitening to the skin and in some cases some redness, swelling and very light bleeding.

  • What are the results?
    After a full course of treatments, you can expect for the tattoo ink to be completely removed, leaving next to no trace of the tattoo. In some cases, if the full course is not completed, very slight ghosting can occur, giving the very faint appearance of the old tattoo, but for some clients the tattoo is still reduced enough to cover up or be unnoticeable.
  • Why should I choose Snowberry Lane?
    Snowberry Lane has been carrying out this treatment for 16 years, making it one of the most experienced clinics in the UK. Our expert team carry out this procedure on a daily, basis so can use this wealth of experience to help give you the best results.

Since every tattoo is different, a face-to-face consultation is the best way to find out how we can help you. If you would like to make a consultation, or to learn more about this service, please contact us on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at

Tattoo Removal FAQ

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we are specialists at removing black ink tattoos. Below we answer your most frequently answered questions.

  1. How long will it take to remove my tattoo?

The number of treatments needed to remove or reduce the appearance of a tattoo varies from person to person, depending on a number of differing factors. Tattoo removal treatments must be at least 4-6 weeks apart to allow the area to heal sufficiently between treatments, this is why the process can be so long, months and years long rather than weeks. It’s really important to manage your expectations and be prepared for a long and slow process.

  1. What can I expect the results to look like?

In some cases all of the ink can be broken down leaving little trace of the tattoo, however in most cases clients decide to complete their treatment programme when enough ink has been removed for the tattoo’s appearance to be virtually unnoticeable or so that it would be easy to cover up.

The location of your tattoo can have an effect on the results. The way the treatment works is that the laser breaks down the ink, which is then absorbed into the blood and cleaned from the body. This means that tattoos that are closer to the heart generally fade faster than those at the extremities (hands and feet), because of the variation in circulation.

  1. Is treatment painful?

We’re not going to conceal the truth here, yes, treatment is painful, it is more painful to remove a tattoo than to have one, another important factor to consider when considering laser tattoo removal.

  1. What are the side effects to this treatment?

Common side effects to treatment include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blistering
  • Pin point bleeding

These side effects are normal and manageable and clear within a few weeks, however they can lead to the area becoming infected so it’s very important to look after the area and keep it clean. Any concerns should be raised with your practitioner.

  1. How do I choose the right clinic for me?

Laser tattoo removal can be an effective treatment when performed in a safe environment by a qualified, professional medical practitioner. Ensure that you attend a comprehensive consultation with a practitioner, before committing to any form of treatment. Ask as many questions as possible including looking at before and after photographs to help you make an informed decision.

If you’d like to speak to one of our team, please give us a call on 01225 700072.