Monthly Archives: March 2015

NHS tattoo removal ‘exception not rule’, says Bolton laser clinic

Laserase Bolton logoDespite recent reports in the media about the cost of NHS laser tattoo removal, tattoo removal on the NHS is rare and is only carried out when major trauma is being caused to the patient, according to Laserase Bolton.

Figures showing that more than two thousand people have had tattoos removed on the NHS over the last five years, at a cost of over £330,000, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tattoo removal, explains Laserase Bolton, with many thousands of private tattoo removal treatments taking place each year.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, says: “At Laserase Bolton alone we have carried out over 10,000 tattoo removal treatments over the last 20 years – and our prices are a fraction of those quoted in the press, starting at only £40 a session.

“For most people who choose to have tattoos in the first place, paying to have them removed is their own responsibility – and rightly so. However, for a small minority of people, tattoo removal on the NHS is necessary because of the distress caused by their tattoos. This can be for a number of reasons, such as an allergic reaction or infection caused by the tattoo, or perhaps the tattoo was done against their will and is causing significant mental health issues.”

Although almost all of Laserase Bolton’s patients pay for their own tattoo removal, the clinic is fairly unique in that it only uses experienced and qualified doctors and nurses to carry out laser tattoo removal treatment. Laserase Bolton is approved by the Care Quality Commission and always puts patient safety and care first.

The number of tattoo parlours has rocketed in recent years and, as a result of this growth in popularity of tattoos, more and more people are turning to clinics like Laserase Bolton to have them removed. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as to improve job prospects, to remove the name of an ex-partner or just because people have changed their mind.

Adds Julie Kershaw: “Tattoo removal on the NHS is the exception not the rule and there are very few instances where people can get a tattoo removed on the NHS these days.”

Tattoo show winners recognised by Laserase Bolton

A tattoo artist from the Wirral and a competition winner from Bolton were recognised by Laserase Bolton at this year’s Manchester International Tattoo Show.

Laserase Bolton sponsored the Best Oriental Tattoo award at the show and the award was won by Sean Crane (also known as Sean Siamese XIII) from Alan’s Tattoo Studio in Moreton on the Wirral.

Award winning oriental tattoo

Leon’s award-winning oriental tattoo by Sean from Alan’s Tattoo Studio.

“We were delighted to sponsor Best Oriental Tattoo at this year’s Manchester Tattoo Show, ” says Pam McCann of Laserase Bolton. “The standard of entries was incredible and the winning tattoo was a work of art from a very talented tattoo artist.”

Although Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading laser centre offering a wide range of skin health solutions – including tattoo removal – as Pam McCann says, there is no conflict between liking tattoos and having them removed.

“Tattoos are very popular these days, but sometimes people need to have them removed,” explains Pam. “This can be for a variety of reasons – maybe the tattoo was badly drawn or maybe a bride or groom doesn’t want a tattoo on show at their wedding. It might also be to remove the name of an ex-partner or to improve job prospects – whatever the reason Laserase Bolton can help safely remove the tattoos.”

Laserase Bolton also ran a competition at the Tattoo Show and this was won by Angela Wilson from Bolton. The competition was to guess how many removal treatments were needed to remove a tattoo which they had pictured.

Angela correctly guessed that 10 treatments were needed and won a £100 voucher to use against laser treatment at Laserase Bolton for either tattoo removal or skin regeneration treatment.

As well as tattoo removal and skin regeneration, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including thread vein and unwanted hair removal, acne and birth mark treatments. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or visit their website

Manchester International Tattoo Show took place at Manchester Central on 28 February and 1 March. To find out more visit

Dramatic increase in tattoo parlours in Bolton

Laserase Bolton logoThe number of tattoo parlours licensed in Bolton has rocketed over the last ten years according to figures from Bolton Council.

A freedom of information request to Bolton Council from laser clinic Laserase Bolton situated in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital shows that the number of tattoo parlours in Bolton has grown from 4 in 2004 to 37 in 2014 – an 825% increase.

The growth of tattoo parlours in Bolton is much more dramatic than in the country as a whole. A report from Experian published last year showed that the number of tattoo parlours nationally grew by 173% over the last decade.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, says: “Anyone who knows Bolton will realise that the number of tattoo parlours in the town has rocketed in recent years. Tattoos are very popular these days, but as a consequence of that we are seeing a growing number of people coming to our clinic for tattoo removal.

“This can be for a variety of reasons; it may be because it has been badly drawn (sometimes done by themselves), due to a forthcoming wedding where the bride or groom do not want tattoos on show on their wedding pictures, it may be to remove a name of an ex-partner, to improve job prospects, or because they’ve simply changed their mind about it, but whatever the reason Laserase Bolton can help to safely remove the tattoos.”

Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading laser clinic and has been carrying out laser tattoo removal for over 20 years. It has removed over 10,000 tattoos in all. All of its practitioners are qualified doctors and nurses.

“It is important that anyone thinking of having a tattoo checks out the tattoo parlour first,” says Julie. “As well as checking that it is registered with the local Council, make sure it looks clean and displays a health and safety certificate; check if they are a member of a recognised tattoo trade organisation and, if you know anyone with tattoos, why not get a recommendation from them first, or ask the parlour for customer testimonials.

“Of course it also makes sense to check out the artist’s portfolio, to make sure you are happy with their work.”