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Laser tattoo removal by Mint Gun Club Tattoo Parlour


Mint Gun Club as well as being a celebrated tattoo parlour is now bringing you your first step to safe and effective tattoo removal.

Most people get tattooed and enjoy the artwork for years to come as it is now so popular but some jump in impulsively and bitterly regret the decision later on. What seemed like a good idea at the time can cause a major problem in later life.

For some people having a tattoo they hate can mean psychological distress. For others it can mean difficulty in securing employment or going for a promotion, so they would like it fully removed or You may want to just fade an existing tattoo in preparation for a cover-up. Whatever the reason, Mint Gun Club can help.

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If you are considering laser tattoo removal the first step is to arrange an appointment for a no-obligation, free, consultation with us.

Your tattoo will be assessed. We will photograph your tattoo for our records and will continue to take photographs all the way through your treatment so that you can see the results as we go.

We will be able to give you an idea of how much time will be needed for each treatment session and of how many sessions you are likely to need. You might require more, or less treatments than we estimate or your tattoo could shrink during treatment, shortening the time for each treatment, so these estimates can change constantly. We will keep you informed of any changes in our estimates as we go.

A patch test must legally be carried out on the proposed removal sites first of all to ensure the customer is not going to have any adverse reactions to the treatment. Seven days after the patch test has taken place providing all is well we can carry out a full session. Once a session had been done we then need to wait 6-8 weeks before another full session can be undertaken in order to give your body's immune system enough time to break down the partials and also to recover enough to ready itself for another round. A session is roughly the size of a business card  it can occasionally be pushed to roughly the size off a twenty pound note any more than that we run the risk of overloading the immune system which can have detrimental effects.

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There is very little preparation needed on your part, but the preparation you need to do is important.


Try to get your skin as pale as possible

It is really important that you stay out of the sun and off sunbeds for as long as you possibly can before treatment. If there is a lot of natural pigment in your skin there is a high risk of 'depigmentation'. This means that the laser could damage your natural pigments, leaving the area pale, even when the rest of you is tanned. Depigmentation can take months or even years to heal and there is some evidence to show that the de pigmentation can sometimes last for the rest of your life.


Eat before the treatment

A reduced blood sugar level can make you feel faint or queasy. It is VITAL that you eat something before coming for treatment, especially if you feel anxious. Have something decent to eat an hour beforehand. Try not to have too much sugar, though, as sugar levels drop very quickly. A properly balanced meal is best.


Anaesthetic Cream

To help cope with the sensation of the Laser on your skin, Once you have filled out relevant medical history/consent forms we can apply an anaesthetic cream called EMLA but please note this takes time to work (2 hours before treatment generally to achieve the maximum effectiveness) so you need to ensure you arrive with plenty of time BEFORE your appointment and follow the instructions fully. Please be aware this will only reduce the discomfort not eradicate it completely.


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The Treatment

The treatment is actually really simple as long as all our safety procedures are followed. Once you are comfortable on the treatment bed you will be given special goggles to wear. It is VITAL that you do not remove these goggles under any circumstances, as the laser can cause serious damage to your eyes. The laser will be held just above your skin and the operator will release a pulse from the laser, The pulse is quite uncomfortable. The sensation has been described as like being 'snapped' by a large elastic band or like being splashed with hot fat. If you would prefer you can apply an anaesthetic cream beforehand to make it a little easier for you as mentioned earlier. If you would like to relax during your treatment you can bring an iPod/phone with you. Any equipment you bring must be kept in your pocket and any earphones must be made of a non reflective material.


How The Treatment Works

Tattoo removal by Q-switched laser uses a process known as the 'photoacoustic effect'. When the laser energy is absorbed by the tattoo pigment, an extremely high temperature is generated - typically thousands of degrees. However, this high temperature is not sustainable and so it 'collapses.' This produces an acoustic wave to form around the pigment particles. The result of this wave is a shattering of the particles of ink into smaller fragments. The body's own defence mechanisms then remove these smaller particles leaving behind the larger tattoo pigmentation. Subsequent treatments will induce the same 'shattering' effect on the remaining ink particles until they eventually all disappear.Home-made, amateur tattoos usually require between 6 and 8 repeat sessions to remove the ink completely, while professional tattoos can require up to 12 or more (depending on how much ink is contained within the tattoo). The main advantage of using the Q-switched laser is that there is virtually no possibility of scarring! Since there is no lasting thermal insult to the skin there is no time for tissue destruction and no time for subsequent scar formation, and does not disturb the surrounding skin. Tattoos really do disappear over time and, in many cases, leave absolutely no trace behind them.

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Laser tattoo removal works by breaking up the ink particles that are in the skin. In traditional lasers, such as Q-switch, photo thermal action is delivered to the pigment of the tattoo, as well as the surrounding tissue, to break up the ink particles into smaller particles. These smaller ink particles are much more easily removed from the body through the immune system.


How long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take?

It usually takes several treatment sessions to remove a tattoo successfully, How fast you will see results depends on the colour and complexity of the tattoo, as well as other factors such as age, skin type and the chemical composition of the tattoo. The depth and density of the ink can also affect the speed of removal. Most amateur tattoos require between 6 and 8 repeat treatments while professional tattoos can require as many as 12 sessions, although they may take more than this. At your free initial consultation our expert will give you a full appraisal including an estimation of the number of treatments necessary, treatments needs to be spaced 6-8 weeks apart to allow the skin to heal.


Why should I wait six - eight weeks for my next treatment?

Once you have received a treatment it is important that you allow your body's immune system enough time to break down and absorb all of the disrupted ink particles. If you have treatments sooner than four - six weeks, you are simply wasting your money by not receiving the full benefit from each treatment.


Does it hurt?

The procedure can cause a stinging sensation, which can be eased by applying a local anaesthetic cream. Everyone tolerates and perceives pain differently, and some areas of skin are more delicate than others, so this is a tricky question to answer. Most people however refer to the pain as being like someone has pinged them several times with an elastic band, Most says it is not any more painful than getting a tattoo put on. For clients who wish to reduce the sensation we recommend taking a mild pain killer about an hour before the treatment.


Can you guarantee to remove my tattoo?

Nobody can make such a guarantee, because so much depends on the quality of the inks used by the tattooist. Professional, pure, modern inks are more easily removed than those that have been customized with additives.


My tattoo has lots of bright colours, can it be removed?

The laser technology used by Mint Gun Club has two different wavelengths enabling it to remove most colours. Blacks, navy's, reds are the easiest to remove while pastels, greens and light blues may not be removed completely. When you attend your free initial consultation we will give you a full appraisal of the service we can provide, including the estimated number of treatments necessary. We are committed to removing our client's tattoos as quickly and cost effectively as possible.


How long does the treatment take?

This depends on the size of the tattoo; a small tattoo might take 5 minutes, where a large or multiple tattoos could take an hour or more of treatment. Again, the assessment will provide this information. Allow about 30 minutes for your initial consultation.


What are the costs likely to be?

The cost of a single treatment will depend solely on the size of the tattoo. The bigger the area, the more time it will take to treat and the higher the charge.


What can i expect after treatment?

The tattoo will not look very different initially, but will fade over a period of weeks after each treatment as the body disperses the ink particles. 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. It is necessary to avoid sun exposure or to use a high protection sunscreen for two to four weeks after treatment, Full aftercare instructions will be given by your technician who of course will be available to answer any questions you may have.


Will the laser treatment scar my skin?

No. If bleeding or blistering does occur it is very important not to pick any scabs that may result when the skin is healing - this could cause scarring, and should be avoided as scar tissue can make further treatments more difficult.The laser only targets pigment in the skin if there is any scarring from the tattoo however once the ink is out this may be visible.


What complications can occur?

In rare cases pigmentation changes can occur leaving the skin whiter or darker. Sometimes a change in skin texture or scarring can occur, particularly if any scabs are not allowed to heal properly. Finally, there is the possibility of a loss of the natural tanning ability in the areas treated. All of these usually improve over time and it is extremely rare for there to be permanent side effects.



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