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Tattoo Removal

Safe and effective tattoo removal in the North of Scotland with Highland Laser Clinic. Our world-class technology, medically trained staff and advanced techniques ensure excellent results

Your tattoo removal journey starts by sending us a picture of the art you want removed. Click the button above to send us a picture for advice and an estimate

Welcome to Highland Laser Clinic: Your Trusted Tattoo Removal Specialists

At Highland Laser Clinic, we pride ourselves on being the premier choice for tattoo removal in the North of Scotland. With our state-of-the-art technology, experienced medically trained operator, and proven track record since 2015, we offer safe and effective tattoo removal. Our advanced techniques and world-class medical-grade active Q-Switch lasers are capable of removing multicolored tattoos, including green and light blue shades that conventional lasers often struggle with.

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Effective Tattoo Removal at Affordable Prices

We understand that each tattoo removal journey is unique, and that's why we offer personalised treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. With prices starting from just £60 per treatment session, we ensure our services are accessible to all. To get an accurate estimate for your tattoo removal, simply send us a picture of your tattoo, and our team will provide you with an estimated price prior to your free and frank consultation.

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Featuring SuperStack Enhanced Tattoo Removal

For enhanced removal and reduced side effects, we offer SuperStack, a revolutionary approach that combines fractional resurfacing with tattoo removal in a single session. This technique is particularly beneficial for layered, recent, scarred, resistant, allergic, or faded tattoos. By choosing Superstack, you'll experience accelerated removal, fewer side effects, and simultaneous scar reduction.

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Unmatched Technology for Optimal Results

At Highland Laser Clinic, we take pride in our advanced technology. Our Quanta Q-Plus C Evo, a dual laser platform, is equipped with a Q-Switch Nd:YAG laser, ideal for treating black, red, yellow, and dark blue tattoo colors. Additionally, our unique Q-Switch Ruby laser effectively removes light blues and greens that Nd:YAG lasers are unable to shift.

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The Clinical Process: How Tattoo Removal Works

Our laser treatment works by breaking down the ink fragments in your tattoo into tiny pieces, allowing your immune system to absorb and eliminate them gradually. Over multiple treatment sessions, your tattoo will fade until complete removal is achieved. See our impressive before and after pictures showcasing our successful tattoo removal cases.

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Your Comfort Is Our Priority

We understand that the tattoo removal process can be daunting, but our experienced operator ensures your comfort throughout the treatment. We utilise a specialist aesthetic cold air blower to chill your skin, minimizing discomfort. Many clients compare the sensation to being pinged with a rubber band.

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Trust the Experts, Choose Highland Laser Clinic

When it comes to tattoo removal, trust the experts at Highland Laser Clinic. Our safe and effective procedures, coupled with our commitment to exceptional customer service, make us the leading choice in the North of Scotland. Don't settle for cheap alternatives that may cause scarring or damage your skin. Contact us today to book your free consultation and begin your journey to tattoo-free skin.

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How long will it take to remove my tattoo and how much will it cost?

Our standard estimate for full removal of a machine made black tattoo is 8 to 12 treatment sessions, but it can take longer than that. A lot of different factors influence speed of removal and these will be discussed at your consultation.  Please see Prices for a guide to cost.

We always like to quote you the price for removal before coming to see us, your tattoo removal journey starts by sending us a picture of your tattoo. We will reply with an estimated price which will be confirmed when we see you in person.

Other clinics say that they can remove my tattoo faster than that?

We use extremely high quality eqipment and advanced techniques. We give realistic estimates to our customers and always tell the truth

Why is the Highland Laser Clinic Technology better than other systems?

Our tattoo removal platform is a premium medical grade Active Q-Switch laser. Passive Q-Switch Lasers are more common and much, much cheaper. They are usually Chinese built and are often portable. They invariably cause widespread scarring and damage to your skin. They are not fit for purpose and should be banned. If someone points something that looks like a gun on the end of a hose at you, run away!

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Our Quanta Q-Plus C is a dual laser platform. Q-Switch Nd:YAG lasers are the workhorses of the tattoo removal industry and are great at removing black, red, yellow and dark blue tattoo colours. Uniquely, our system also boasts a Q-Switch Ruby laser. This can remove light blues and green which Nd:YAG lasers can't touch.

On lesser lasers the energy delivered is higher in the centre of the spot and falls away at the edges, this can cause hot spots and burns. The Quanta Q-Plus C Evo uses Optibeam technology to produce a top hat energy profile across its square spot. This means that the energy level is the same across the width of the laser spot on your skin making it safer and more effective.

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If I have a tattoo removed, can I get another tattoo in its place?

Yes you can. We call this "preparation for coverup". The treatment is exactly the same, but it means you can get away with far fewer sessions. Our standard guess is 6 sessions to prepare for coverup, but it does depend on the tattoo you have now and the design you want once it’s finished. Typically, the more removal you have the smaller and lighter your coverup tattoo can be. Please note, we remove tattoos but we are not tattooists. We have a number of tattoo studios in the Inverness area that we are happy to recommend based upon their artistry and quality of service

What do I do before I come?

Hydrate well on your day of treatment and make sure you haven't skipped any meals before coming for tattoo removal, particularly if you are having a large tattoo removed.

Please wear loose clothing that allows easy access to your tattoo and will be comfortable against your skin after treatment

Please do not put any products, creams or moisturisers on your skin on the day of treatment

Don't come with a hangover or intoxicated. If you're feeling unwell in any way, it would be better to reschedule your appointment to a later time

If you are having your tattoo removed from a hairy place, please shave the area 24 hours before treatment using a quality new razor.

Do not expose the skin to strong sunlight, sunbeds or self tanning applications for at least 4 weeks before each laser treatment

Will it hurt?

Yes it does hurt, there's no getting away from it, but it's over very quickly. We get consistent feedback that it feels like being pinged repeatedly with a rubber band.

We use a specialist aesthetic cold air blower that chills your skin before, during and after treatment. This helps protect your skin and makes the procedure much more comfortable.

How does the skin look after treatment?

An instant whitening or frosting of the tattoo is seen after treatment, but this fades after a few minutes. It then goes red and a bit swollen. A soothing antimicrobial gel will be applied, and we may cover the site with a sterile dressing if indicated.

If you opt for Superstack enhanced tattoo removal, you will see some minimal bleeding on the surface of your skin

The tattoo is mostly healed in 3 to 7 days after treatment and is fully healed from 2 to 4 weeks after treatment. Fading of the tattoo will occur over the full 8 weeks between treatments.

Will tattoo removal scar me?

Scarring of any kind is rare.

Textural changes from the original tattooing process is possible. This can become more obvious as the ink is removed. Superstack treatment is recommended for these cases. 

Scarring from the tattoo removal itself is also possible, but tends to be minimal and is normally caused by poor aftercare, particularly picking and scratching at healing tattoos following laser treatment. With our current equipment we estimate our scarring rate to be less than 1% of customers treated.

Not all lasers are made equal and cheap tattoo removal lasers are extremely likely to scar you. Non-laser tattoo removal "treatments” either don’t work, or cause harmful and unacceptable levels of scarring. We strongly advise against this approach.

Are there any other side effects?

This procedure is extremely safe otherwise we wouldn't be offering it as a service.

Blisters can occur and do not indicate a problem but are something that needs intervention. We offer a full aftercare service to deal with this. Superstack helps to reduce risks of blistering so is a preferred option for customers who are unable to travel back to the clinic for aftercare.

The skin may become lighter during your course of treatment. This is quite common particularly where colours have been removed. This is known as hypopigmentation and usually improves with time.

Pre Treatment Advice

For 8 Weeks before treatment

• Your tattoo needs to be at least 8 weeks old before we can patch test or begin treatment, this is to give time for ink to cycle out of your epidermis via natural skin turnover

For 4 Weeks before to treatment

• Do not expose the skin to strong sunlight, sunbeds or self tanning applications for at least 4 weeks before each laser treatment. We can not treat coloured tattoos if you are tanned. Treating black tattoos when tanned increases risks of hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin)

In the 24 hours prior to treatment

• If necessary, make sure the area being treated is cleanly shaved 24 hours prior to treatment using a good sharp razor

On the day of treatment

• Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to remove or adjust out of the way if your tattoo is normally covered

• Avoid swimming in chlorinated water immediately before treatment

•  Don’t be hungry, or thirsty, don't be hung-over and don’t have just worked a nightshift

•  You may choose to take paracetamol an hour before treatment to help mitigate treatment associated pain if that’s a safe drug for you to use, but please do not consume aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID’s)

• PLEASE DO NOT HAVE ANY KIND OF PRODUCT ON THE AREA TO BE TREATED, INCLUDING FAKE TAN

Recovery

For the first 24 hours

• Remove any dressings the day after treatment if still applied. The shower is a good place to do this especially if adhesive dressings have been used

For the first 3 days after treatment

•  Wash the site daily using finger tips and a simple soap. Please avoid antiseptic products or those with fragrances, moisturisers, essential oils or high tech ingredients. Do not try to remove any material. Rinse and pat dry with a clean towel

•  Apply Savlon (if tolerated) to the affected areas twice a day. Aloe Vera, Vaseline or whatever product you usually use after getting a tattoo can be used instead

•  Treated areas will be red and swollen and may feel tender. Do not pick, scratch or otherwise irritate the treated area

•  If any blistering or other unusual side effect occurs, contact Highland Laser Clinic immediately to arrange aftercare. Do not burst blisters yourself

For the first week

•  Avoid all heat treatments and do not soak. This includes hot baths, saunas, steam rooms and hot showers directly on the site

•  No swimming in chlorinated water

•  Do not use bleaching creams

•  Avoid perfumed products e.g. soaps, creams or perfumes on the site

•  Do not shave the area

In the 2 weeks post treatment

•  Do not use fake tan

•  If site become itchy, do not scratch. Moisturise. You could try an antihistamine medication from your pharmacist

•  See your doctor in the unlikely event that you have signs of infection such as pus, bad odour, failure to heal or spreading inflammation

In the 8 weeks post treatment

•  Use sun protection SPF30+ as required

•  Limit sun exposure and do not use tanning beds. We can not treat coloured tattoos if you are tanned. Treating black tattoos when tanned increases risks of hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin)

Ongoing support is part of the service that Highland Laser Clinic provides, any questions or concerns please get in touch