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.”