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Tattoo removal delight for competition winner

Carol Richardson from Bolton has won five free tattoo removal sessions in a Valentine’s Day competition held by Laserase Bolton.

Carol Richardson59 year old Carol has had her tattoo for over 40 years and was always very embarrassed by it, but never had the money to get it removed.

When she was 18, Carol let her boyfriend start to tattoo his name on her arm. He did the first two letters M A (he was going to put Malc), but then she stopped him as it was such a mess and it hurt.

Carol hated the tattoo, but she could never afford to have it removed, and so she always kept it covered up with a plaster, even though she is allergic to plasters. She often came out in a rash, but she still insisted on wearing a plaster to hide it.

Carol’s story about why she wanted to get rid of her tattoo was chosen as the best entry in the Laserase competition and she was delighted when she was told she had won.

Carol said: “I’m really pleased to have won tattoo removal treatment at Laserase Bolton. For the past 41 years I have been hiding my tattoo from everyone at work and at home.

“The only person I ever told about my tattoo is my 21 year old daughter, but no one else. My father, who is 84, has often asked me about the plaster I always have on my arm, but I never even told him and just made excuses.”

Despite the botched tattoo, Carol eventually married Malcolm and he subsequently died in 2007.

Carol won tattoo removal treatment worth approximately £200, which will be carried at Laserase Bolton over the next couple of months.

Clinic Manager Julie Kershaw said: “We thought Carol had a very powerful story to tell about why she should have her tattoo removed. We see so many people at Laserase Bolton who end up with tattoos they regret – perhaps because they have been talked into it by a partner or friend. We’re looking forward to helping Carol get rid of her tattoo and no longer feel ashamed of something she did as a teenager.”

Having a tattoo related to a partner, or ex-partner, removed is the most common reason for tattoo removal.

Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading laser clinic and has been successfully removing tattoos for over 21 years. Laserase use the Q-switched Ruby Laser, which is effective for removing tattoos in a range of colours and can be used for all sizes of tattoo. A free consultation takes place before treatment begins. Laserase employs doctors and nurses to carry out all its removals and is Care Quality Commission registered, so patients can be assured of the highest standards of treatment and care.

Huge owl tattoo leaves Darwen woman wise after the event

Ashley TothAshley Toth from Darwen was left regretting a huge owl tattoo on her lower arm and is warning other people to think before they ink. Luckily, with help from a North West laser clinic, Ashley is now well on the way to getting rid of her tattoo for good.

23 year old Ashley had always wanted a tattoo of an owl, as it was her favourite animal, but once she saw the finished design, she realised it wasn’t what she expected.

“I’d wanted a tattoo of an owl for many years,” says Ashley. “They were my mum’s favourite animal and they’re mine, so I knew that no matter what, it would always mean something to me.

“I spent months and months searching for the perfect owl and after failing to find one that I liked, I asked a tattoo artist to design one for me.”

The first time Ashley saw the design was the night before her tattoo appointment. “I wasn’t 100% sure of it,” she says, “but I told myself it was just nerves about getting it done.”

Ashley Owl TattooAshley had her tattoo in April last year but, as time went by, she began to feel that it was too big and, even though she liked the design, she wished the tattoo was smaller. In the end, Ashley decided she couldn’t live with it any more.

“After hearing about Laserase Bolton, I decided to take the plunge and get it removed,” explains Ashley.

Laserase Bolton, located in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital, is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West and has been using lasers to remove tattoos for over 21 years.

“I have been having laser tattoo removal treatment regularly for the last seven months and I am already seeing good results,” says Ashley. “The tattoo has started to fade and looks a lot less obvious now.

“The staff at Laserase Bolton were all friendly and knowledgeable and I really felt put at ease by the nurse delivering my treatment. The standards are excellent and I would recommend the clinic to anyone.”

Ashley adds that, although the laser treatment can be quite painful, particularly on the areas of the tattoo where there is the most ink, the use of ice and numbing cream helps to make it less uncomfortable.

Ashley is now warning other people to think carefully before they get a tattoo done.

“Make sure the design is what you want and find out exactly how big the tattoo will be. If you need time to think about it before you go ahead, then don’t be afraid to tell the tattooist. Whatever happens, don’t be pressured into anything.

“It’s great that laser tattoo removal is there if you change your mind, but you do need to do your research to ensure you choose a reputable tattoo removal company. I chose Laserase Bolton because the removals are done by doctors and nurses and they are CQC registered.”

As well as laser tattoo removal, Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including hair reduction, acne treatment, thread vein and birth mark treatment. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900, email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk or visit their website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

Competition winner donates prize to friend for tattoo removal

Deepa Khatri receives her vouchers from Dr Kiran Patel

Deepa Khatri receives her vouchers from Dr Kiran Patel

A competition winner at this year’s Manchester International Tattoo Show has generously donated her prize to a friend, to help her have an unwanted tattoo removed.

Angela Wilson from Bolton donated the £100 Laserase vouchers she won to her friend Deepa Khatri who was saving up to have a tattoo removed. Deepa, who is also from Bolton, said she was really happy with the vouchers.

“I am really pleased as it means I can finally get rid of the tattoo I had done as a teenager,” said Deepa. “It was very kind of Angela to let me use the vouchers and I am really grateful to her.”

Deepa had some music symbols tattooed on her wrist about eight years ago, when she was a student.

“Last year I finished university and I decided that, now I am in employment, I didn’t want the tattoo any more,” explains Deepa.

Deepa had a few tattoo removal sessions previously and was just saving up for some more, which is why the vouchers were so welcome.

Deepa has now used some of her vouchers and says she is delighted with the service she received. “Everyone at Laserase Bolton has been really nice.”

The competition that Laserase Bolton ran at the Tattoo Show 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.

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

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 www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.

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

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.”

Tattoo removal challenge for Bolton bride-to-be

Jane and her fiancé

Jane and her fiancé

A teacher from Farnworth is in a race against time to get rid of her unwanted tattoos before she gets married next year and, with help from a laser clinic in Bolton, is well on her way to a tattoo-free wedding day.

Jane is planning to get married in August 2016 and wants her tattoos to have gone by then, so she decided to contact Laserase Bolton, which is located in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital.

“I’d been thinking of having my tattoos removed for some time now,” says Jane. “Finally, after setting my wedding date, I realised it was now or never! So I gave Laserase Bolton a ring. There and then I booked an appointment for the following day.”

Jane first decided to have tattoos when she was at university. “I can honestly say it was an impulse decision! I had always liked butterflies and one day, sat in a lecture at university, I thought ‘I want a tattoo’.

Jane's tattoos before treatment

Jane’s tattoos before treatment

“I knew I wanted it somewhere that people could see, but that I could still hide if I needed to. I was a trainee teacher at the time and some schools disapproved of staff showing tattoos. A few of my friends had them and they gave me advice on where to have it done. Within a week I had the first five tattoos on the top of my neck and then had more added at a later stage.”

However when her boyfriend proposed to her last February, Jane decided the tattoos had to go. She didn’t want to be walking down the aisle on her wedding day with lots of ink on show.

At her first tattoo removal appointment, Jane says the nurse at Laserase Bolton was very understanding and it was clear that she knew what she was talking about. “She eased my nerves by explaining how things would work, how long it would take and the aftercare. More importantly, we discussed pricing.”

Jane's butterfly tattoo is fading

Jane’s butterfly tattoo is fading

Jane had her first treatment in July 2014 and has been having regular treatments at six weekly intervals ever since. By September 2014, the results were beginning to show – as Jane said at the time: “Feeling rather excited by the results! It’s quite clear that the tattoos are on their way out bit by bit!” However, she realises that it is going to take some time for the tattoos to disappear completely.

Jane explains that the tattoo removal process is quite uncomfortable, but with the help of ice and numbing cream it isn’t too bad. “Thankfully the nurse used ice to numb my butterflies. Half way through the session, when it became too uncomfortable, she offered me some numbing cream for the areas that were left to do. The cream was really helpful. It took the edge off the pain and really helped me to finish the treatment.”

Jane recently found out that her mum is getting married again soon and she wants Jane to be her bridesmaid. “Very exciting,” says Jane, ”but a little more pressure time wise as she hates my tattoos and really does not want them visible on the day. A good job I started this process when I did!”

As well as tattoo removal, Laserase Bolton offers a range of other treatments. This includes skin rejuvenation treatments, thread vein and unwanted hair removal, acne and birth mark treatments. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900 or visit their website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.