How many laser tattoo removal treatments are necessary to remove my tattoo?It will take 5 to 15 treatments to treat your tattoo, depending on the tattoo colors and other details. Important variables include your skin color, colors in your tattoo, depth of tattoo, density of ink, location on body, and presence of any scarring. Your physician will analyze your tattoo and estimate how many treatments will be required.
How often do I get the laser tattoo removal treatments?Laser tattoo removal treatments are typically spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart.
How much will laser tattoo removal cost?See our Pricing page for tattoo removal pricing information.
Is there a package discount for laser tattoo removal?There is a discount of 20% when you purchase a laser tattoo removal package in advance for the number of treatments recommended by your physician for your tattoo. However, you can also purchase one treatment at a time. A flat rate unlimited number of treatments option is now available. Ask for a quotation at your consultation.
Do I need to remove the entire tattoo?No. You can remove just part of a tattoo, such as a name in the middle of a heart.
Can all tattoo colors be removed?Most tattoo colors, but not all, can be removed. White, pinks, purples, and some yellows can be resistant.
Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar?Most patients will not scar following treatment, but scarring sometimes occurs. This is especially true if you are prone to keloids. Compliance with your aftercare regimen is very important in reducing the risk of scar formation.
Is laser tattoo removal painful?There is usually some discomfort associated with the laser tattoo removal procedure. This can be reduced with the use of a topical anesthetic, injected anesthesia, icepacks, or chilled air.
How should I prepare for my laser tattoo removal treatment?First, protect the area from the sun for several weeks before treatment. It is better if the skin is not tan. Shave the area the day before treatment. We will apply topical anesthesia 30-60 minutes before the procedure, or inject it with anesthesia. Please do not take aspirin, motrin, advil or other blood thinners, unless told to do so by your physician for medical reasons.
Do I need to do anything after the laser tattoo removal treatment?Following your treatment, apply an ice pack to the treated area for a few minutes at a time to reduce pain and inflammation; elevate the area, if it is an arm or leg; rest the area and do not play sports, swim, tan, or use a sauna or steam room; and apply any topical cream or ointment recommended. After first 24 hours, continue to apply the topical treatment provided. DO NOT pick at scabs or blisters. Protect the treated area from the sun and do not use tanning beds. After 24 hours you may resume normal activities, except for swimming, for which you should await complete healing.
Can I go in the sun after laser tattoo removal treatment?You should protect your treated area from the sun until it is fully healed
Which laser is best for tattoo removal?The best laser depends on the color of ink in your tattoo. The laser wavelength must interact with the specific ink color. The leading laser for tattoo removal is the RevLite (Cynosure), but the TriVantage (Candela) is seen as well, along with a number of other lasers. There is no one right laser.