IPL Tattoo Removal
This is a recent development in tattoo removal and has similar results to laser tattoo removal. The only real difference to laser tattoo removal is that it is an intense beam of light that is used instead of a laser.
The concentrated pulses of light act to break up all the ink particles within the tattoo into tiny components. These particles can then be absorbed naturally by your body.
How Many IPL Treatments Will I Require?
This will depend on the size and colour of the tattoo. Large, brightly coloured tattoos will require the most treatment sessions. The chances are you will need at least 5 repeat procedures but this could be as many as 10 if the tattoo is large. It is important to have a period of recovery after each treatment session to allow the skin to heal and for this reason large tattoos can take in excess of one year to remove.
Does IPL Tattoo Removal Hurt?
The procedure does involve some discomfort but it is generally tolerable as your practitioner will use local anaesthetics and cooling creams. Following the procedure the treated area will be red, sore and blistered. It is often described as feeling like a bad case of sun burn.
IPL Tattoo Removal Side Effects:
Like with all tattoo removal techniques there are some potential side effects although the chances of experiencing any are fairly rare. The most common ones are as follows:
Blotches: These normally fade over time.
Blistering: This normally reduces as the treatment area heals.
Hair loss can occur in the treated area.
How Much Does IPL Tattoo Removal Cost?
The cost of IPL tattoo removal will vary significantly between clinics so it is a good idea to compare prices before deciding where to have the treatment. There are also a number of factors that affect the cost of removing the tattoo and they are as follows:
Size of tattoo: Larger tattoos will obviously require more treatment time than smaller ones and this will be reflected in the price. Larger tattoos also generally require multiple repeat treatments to get the desired results.
Quality of tattoo: Professional tattoos are more difficult to remove as they are applied to the deeper inner layers of the skin. Cheaper, non-professional tattoos are normally applied to the outer layer of skin and are therefore easier to remove. This means that fewer treatments will be required which will reduce the cost.
Colour of tattoo: Single colour black tattoos are cheaper to remove than multi-coloured tattoos as they require fewer treatments to achieve the desired results. In general, coloured tattoos require more treatment time to remove than black and white tattoos.
Clinics: Some clinics will charge more if they have a good reputation.
Location: Clinics in larger cities and more affluent areas are likely to charge a higher price for tattoo removal.
Typical IPL Tattoo Removal Costs
For a small, non-professional (outer layer of skin) tattoo which is all the same colour you can expect to pay up £350.
For a small, single coloured professional tattoo the cost will range from £400 - £600.
Large, multi-coloured tattoos are the most expensive to remove and the price can be as much as £3000.
In summary, just about all types of tattoos can be removed but the cost of treatment will vary greatly depending on the size and colour of the tattoo. The only way to get an accurate price for the treatment is to go for a consultation where the practitioner will assess your tattoo and advise you on the likely number of treatments you will require.
An alternative to IPL treatment is laser tattoo removal and you can read about it here.