Frequently Asked Questions
How does tattoo removal work?
Laser tattoo removal works by breaking up the ink particles that are in the skin. Our lasers aim to break up the ink into smaller particles, which are then much more easily removed from the body through the immune system. The body’s immune system will treat the ink as if its a toxin and will push it through the lymphatic and urine system out of the body.
Does it hurt?
The sensation varies but is often described as being a similar sensation to receiving a ‘flick’ from an elastic band.
Can all colours be removed?
No unfortunately not! There are only a few single lasers that can remove all colours. If someone tells you that they can remove all colours, you should either look for two different types of laser, or an additional type of treatment at your chosen tattoo removal provider. Even the best laser on the market struggles with red and pink inks so be aware of potential incorrect information.
Most lasers can break down black colour the easiest, few other colours can be usually removed without the need for a major struggle. The colours that will fade but are unlikely to disappear are green, light blue and purple. We are however always trying to keep up with the latest technology and are looking into bringing the laser which tackles those stubborn colours in the near future.
Can all tattoos be removed?
This depends on skin type and the ink density, not everyone is the same and not all tattoo inks are the same. There are few people with tattoos that are resistant to the treatment.
Why is ||NOT Forever Body Art Removal|| the best option for your treatment?
Our team at “NOT Forever Body Art Removal” are experts in advanced tattoo removal. Our professional technicians aim to make the experience of tattoo removal as comfortable as it can be and we will always be honest and truthful. We also provide the best possible aftercare and ongoing advice once the treatment is over, at ‘Not Forever’ we are with you through the whole journey.
Am I suitable for the treatment?
People with a very dark skin type are not suitable for the treatment.
If your tattoo is freshly done you will need to wait for at least 6 weeks, in order for it to heal, before you can start the removal process.
If you have tanned skin on the treatment area, are pregnant or breast feeding, suffer from HIV or hepatitis or have any active skin conditions in the area then you would not be suitable.
Is there anything I should be aware of when choosing my laser tattoo removal provider?
When choosing your laser tattoo removal provider, always check for professional certificates. Make sure you choose professional technicians with experience and good reviews. Be aware of suspiciously low prices and small portable lasers – those lasers might not be CE marked. Those lasers will not completely remove your tattoo and might increase the risk of scarring.
What laser do we use for tattoo removal?
Our Active Electro-Optical Q-switched Nd: YAG Laser uses flat-top beam laser technology which provides uniform beam profile. This technology is adopted by the best lasers on the market and its advantage is that it works on the skin with same energy on every point of beam, it’s safer and delivers greater results. Our fully qualified and experienced technicians deliver visible results already after the first treatment.
What is Active Electro-Optical Q-switched Nd: YAG Laser?
Our LASER has a distinctive advantage
There are 2 types of laser which can be used for laser tattoo removal. A ‘passive’ laser and an ‘active’ laser tattoo removal system.
Laser tattoo removal using a passive laser: these are on the cheaper end of the laser tattoo equipment scale and as such tend to be purchased by tattoo parlours or beauty salons.
Advantages: These cheaper machines may enable a beauty salon or tattoo parlour to pass on the savings to you. However as most people do not know the difference between a ‘passive’ or ‘active’ laser (to most people a ‘laser’ is a ‘laser’), a lot of businesses will not offer a cheaper treatment.
Disadvantages: laser tattoo removal using a passive laser will not remove the tattoo completely. It will only partially fade it. A beauty clinic or tattoo parlour may take advantage of the fact that you, the consumer do not know the difference between an active or passive laser and may well charge you the same price you would expect to pay for a medical grade active Q-switched laser.
Advantages: Laser tattoo removal using an Active Q-Switched (AQS) laser is considered the gold standard treatment by dermatologists for effectively removing almost all tattoo colours with minimal risk of scarring. An Active Q-Switched tattoo removal laser will, in most cases, remove all traces of the tattoo. Because it requires several treatments, it is also possible to fade a tattoo if this is the desired effect. Unless you are prone to scarring anyway (e.g. keloid scarring) there is very little risk of any scarring if the skin is allowed to heal properly and aftercare advice is followed.
Disadvantages: Will not remove certain colours like yellow or light blue. Not suitable for people prone to scarring problems e.g. keloid scarring. However the same would apply to any tattoo removal methods.
Our laser delivers high energy light pulses which are absorbed by the tattoo, breaking it into small particles, which are then removed by the body’s immune system. Tattoo removal performed with ACTIVE, ELECTO-OPTICAL, Q-SWITCHED ND YAG LASER is the most gentle way of tattoo removal yet, unlike the other methods such as dermabrasion (sanding of the area), invasive incision or skin grafting, which cause a lot of trauma and scar tissue. Our fully qualified and experienced technicians deliver visible results already after the first treatment.