Is Tattoo Removal Safe?
Removing tattoo on arm of a young woman by medical laser.

Is Tattoo Removal Safe?

Here at Think B4 You Ink, we are experts in laser tattoo removal. Whatever size your tattoos are, and whatever coloured inks you have on your skin, whether you need the removal of a multi-coloured tattoo or tattoo sleeve removal, we are sure to be able to tackle your tattoo. Today we are going to focus on any safety concern you may have about tattoo removal.

Choosing A Professional Service

If you’re looking for cheap laser tattoo removal, it’s important to make sure you’re choosing a professional service. The NHS deems tattoo removal safe but advises to avoid practitioners who have only completed a short training course and to check the credentials of those carrying out the removal. Here at Think B4 You Ink, we are a Member of the British Medical Laser Association, so you can rest assured in the safety and quality of our service.

Safety Concerns When Pregnant

The NHS advise not to have tattoo removal if you’re pregnant as there may a small risk to your baby. Although the specific risks aren’t known, because of the knowledge of health factors during pregnancy and what we know about the science of tattoo removal, we can make some educated guesses as to why you should avoid laser removal whilst pregnant. Tattoo ink contains various chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzopyrene, a carcinogen. They may also include metal impurities like nickel, cobalt, copper, and chromium. As these are broken down inside your body, we can’t be sure that your immune system can filter out all of these potential toxins before the ink passes through your body while pregnant. The skin is more sensitive when pregnant too, so you will be more reactive to all forms of light, including lasers, which could result in scarring or skin discoloration. Pregnancy also leaves people more susceptible to infection, which would normally be treated with antibiotics, but this is an issue when pregnant as some affect foetal development.

Other Safety Precautions

There is a slight chance of scarring from laser removal, with 3% of people having undergone the process developing a scar. However, aside from temporary skin discolouration, and some colours not completely fading, using the latest technology, we can minimise these risks by targeting only the tattooed skin. Having the right expectations and taking the right precautions, you can minimise the risks and ensure you have the best laser tattoo removal service. Your skin may be red with a raised rash after your treatment, and holding an ice pack can help this. You may also experience some slight bleeding as your skin scabs over, which can be soothed with aloe vera gel or petrolatum. Avoid exposure to the sun as your skin will be sensitive for at least a week after the treatment. Cover the area and use sunscreen with at last SPF30, avoiding soap or perfumed products on the area for the first 48 hours. Don’t pick or scratch the scabs as this will lead to scarring, and avoid strenuous exercise for a few days. Additionally, wait for scabs to fall off before going swimming or in saunas.

Contact Us

To find out more about the safety of our laser tattoo removal services, please get in touch through our online contact form, or email us at You can also talk with a member of our team directly by calling us on 01793 602 450 or visiting us during business hours. A member of our team would be happy to help you with any questions you may have for us.

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