When you get a tattoo, ink is injected into the dermis. In the days following, you may notice the tattoo naturally fades as a result of ink escaping through the surface of the skin, or being cleared away by the body’s natural response to a foreign substance. The final tattoo is made up of ink pigment which is too deep to have escaped through the surface of the skin, and too large to have been removed by the body.
Laser tattoo removal selectively targets tattoo ink with light energy in the form of a laser. The beam breaks down large pigments of ink into smaller ink pigments, that can be more easily cleared away by the body’s immune system.
Can you completely remove a tattoo?
Yes, complete tattoo removal is possible. Read more about that here.
How long does tattoo removal take?
There are three treatment truths that impact tattoo removal - the laser, your tattoo, and your health.
NAAMA uses the LightSense laser system, an advanced technology that is skin-safe, fast, effective and exclusive to our studio. This means we can remove tattoos in months, not years.
However your tattoo’s distinct characteristics come into play. The composition of the ink used will significantly impact the success of laser tattoo removal. High-quality ink from reputable manufacturers is the easiest to break down with cheaper inks being slower to fade.
Likewise, the size, colour, density and depth as well as location on the body are all critical components dictating the speed of removal. Small and faint tattoos tend to remove more quickly than large, dense tattoos. Tattoos that are closer to your heart tend to remove faster due to the increased blood flow.
Finally, the efficiency of your immune system influences how quickly your body is able to clear away the ink particles once they’ve been broken down. Therefore activities that positively contribute to your general health, such as quality sleep and frequent exercise will improve removal rates. Unsurprisingly, smoking and drinking alcohol are detrimental and may slow the process.
Can you treat eyebrow tattoos or microblading?
Removing eyebrow tattoos and microblading is one of our most popular treatments. The precision of the laser means we can treat intricate tattoos with extreme care and exact direction. Our low energy technology significantly reduces the chance of any damage to the skin and allows for more frequent treatments.
Whilst we recommend shaving your eyebrows prior to treatment to achieve optimal results, we realise this is not always possible. At NAAMA, we can treat eyebrow tattoos through the eyebrow hair without risk of hair loss. And to protect your eyes during treatment, you will be asked to wear specialist goggles.
If you would like us to review your eyebrows please send a picture email@example.com.
Does it hurt?
Pain varies from person to person - what one person finds mildly unpleasant, another will find unbearable.
The LightSense laser system uses less energy, making it gentler on skin than older technologies, causing less pain and no downtime.
How long do I have to wait between sessions?
The Lightsense laser system causes no lasting skin damage and requires little downtime. Most clients are therefore able to return for treatments every 2-3 weeks, rather than 8-12 weeks with older technologies.
Can I have laser tattoo removal if I am pregnant?
No, laser tattoo removal is not recommended during pregnancy.
Are there any side effects of tattoo removal?
Of the more than 1,000 treatments conducted so far, there have been no adverse results.
You will likely observe whitening on the surface of the skin immediately following treatment, known as frosting, which is a reaction from the laser breaking down the tattoo ink. It is normal and usually subsides within 20 minutes.
In the 24-72 hours following treatment, you might experience redness or slight elevation of the skin similar to sunburn.
If you notice other reactions or are concerned in any way, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do different inks respond to treatment?
Reputable tattoo artists and studios will use inks produced by qualified ink manufacturers. Others might use lesser quality inks or even make their own.
Generally, the higher quality the ink, the better it will well respond to laser treatment. However, should your tattoo contain a resistant chemical - for example, a harsh plastic or undiluted acrylic - it may take a lot longer to remove
In severe cases, some stubborn inks may not respond to laser removal at all and can take a very long time to remove.
Be sure to tell your NAAMA Consultant as much as you can about the tattoo artist or studio, and anything you know about the ink used for your tattoo.
How soon after getting a tattoo can I get it removed?
We recommend waiting 4-6 weeks after getting a tattoo before undergoing removal.
What if I don’t want to fully remove a tattoo? (Can I fade my tattoo?)
We welcome those looking to fade ink - potentially for a cover up. Our treatments are skin-safe and precise, leaving skin clean and smooth. This means you can easily tattoo over a faded tattoo in the future and your new design will not be compromised.
We partner with leading tattoo artists and are happy to recommend an artist for your next piece.
How do I prepare for a tattoo removal session?
Preparing for successful tattoo removal starts before your initial consultation.
The better your general health is, the more likely your immune system will respond positively to treatment. Stay hydrated, rest well and do moderate exercise.
Additionally, we advise that you protect your skin with a sun-safe skincare routine and use a moisturising sunscreen with high SPF when exposing your treatment area to direct sunlight within two weeks of your treatment.
Do you treat all skin types?
We are able to treat all skin types at NAAMA. However there are some restrictions when it comes to coloured tattoo inks and darker skin tones.
If you would like to speak to one of our experts you can request a call back here.
The NAAMA difference
We spent 10 years developing the world’s fastest tattoo removal laser technology - Lightsense Laser Systems.
It’s quick, effective, and doesn’t damage your skin.
It’s only available at our luxury Marylebone, London studio under the supervision of our expertly trained team of NAAMA Consultants.
Your NAAMA tattoo removal journey starts with a consultation and first session. Because our technology is gentle on skin, you often benefit from two treatments in each session, and return for your next within 2-3 weeks. Your NAAMA consultant will create a bespoke treatment and aftercare plan for you and check in on your progress in between your visits until you have achieved the result you desire.
How is NAAMA's technology different from other laser tattoo removal devices?
The LightSense laser system transfers light at an exceptional speed, and uses ultra-low levels of energy to break down ink pigments. That means less pain, no risk of lasting skin damage and the ability to have more frequent treatments. It’s this leading-edge technology that makes NAAMA tattoo removal faster, gentler and more precise than anything else on the market.
Read about the science behind NAAMA to understand why it’s taken us nearly 10 years to develop this breakthrough technology.
How are your treatment consultants trained?
We take pride in ensuring all NAAMA consultants are trained to an exceptional standard. Drawing on previous experience from leading healthcare and hospitality practices, all consultants hold the required industry certifications such as NVQ L3. And when they start with NAAMA they also undergo a 10-day education programme, far more rigorous than the 3-day market standard.
We believe removing unwanted tattoos can empower people to start new beginnings. That’s why we partner with The Forward Trust (an organisation empowering people to break the often interlinked cycles of crime and addiction) to develop a programme allowing people to do just that.
For more than 25 years, The Forward Trust has been working with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past. They believe that anyone is capable of lasting change and their services have supported thousands of people to build careers, family life and a sense of community.
NAAMA offers free tattoo removal to members of The Forward Trust community who are looking for a clean slate.
How much does it cost to remove a tattoo?
We charge £209 per session, during which we aim to treat your tattoo twice. You can save money by choosing one of our multiple session pricing plans up front. We also offer NAAMA membership, which is cost-effective if you have an extra large or multiple tattoos.
You should check with your insurer as to whether they will reimburse costs associated with tattoo removal. We do not accept insurance, though you might be able to arrange reimbursement or co-pay with your insurer directly.
Are the results permanent?
Yes. Once ink is removed, it won't come back, leaving you with clean, smooth skin.
How soon will I see results?
Every body and ink is different, so there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to how quickly your ink fades. Every session, you'll be able to see your ink fade under the dermascope (a piece of kit we use to look at your skin very closely).
Do tattoo removal creams work?
A tattoo artist injects ink into the dermis, which is protected by the outer layer of skin. In order for the cream to work, it needs to bleach or remove the top layer of skin by using harsh chemicals. These chemicals carry a risk of side effects such as burning, severe irritation, skin discolouration, and allergic reactions.
What tattoo removal aftercare do you suggest?
We design bespoke aftercare plans for each customer including topical creams to revive skin and gel-based wraps to hydrate and protect the treated area, as well as advice from your NAAMA consultant.