During laser tattoo removal, light wavelengths are emitted and then absorbed by pigmented ink cells as heat energy. This heat energy causes the pigmented ink cells to be destroyed and broken into fragments. The fragments are then absorbed and slowly excreted from the body by the lymphatic system over a period of many weeks and through multiple treatment sessions.
How many treatments are typically needed to see an improvement?
The number of treatments it takes to see visible results, is completely related to the ink color and associated size of the tattoo. For example, people usually require anywhere from 5 to 10 removal sessions depending on their unique tattoo details (Ink color, surface area, age, etc.) Sessions should take place at least 6 to 8 weeks apart. This gives the body time to fully rid itself of any lingering pigment that was released from the previous session.
Who is an optimal candidate?
Those who have fair skin & tattoos with only black ink usually have the most optimal treatment results. It is more difficult to remove tattoos with colored ink or on individuals that have a darker skin tone.
How much does it cost?
- $100 for tattoo smaller than a quarter
- $175 for tattoo smaller than a credit card
- $200 for tattoo smaller than a hand
- $300 for tattoo smaller than two hands
- $400 for half sleeves & other large designs
Since usually at least 5 to 10 treatments are needed to see dramatic improvement, laser package pricing is often available.
Who is not a candidate?
- Children under 16 years old
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Patients with tanned, brown, or black skin
- Patients taking blood thinners or doxycycline
- Patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer
- Patients with active herpes or other skin infection
- Patients sensitive to strobe lights
- Patients who scar easily
Benefits of Procedure
Laser tattoo removal is a much safer method in comparison to surgical excision, sanding, or chemical peels
Our method is non-invasive and only targets the ink used in the tattoo process
Ink pigment will never return once it is removed
Risks of Procedure
Bruising, scabbing, redness, & mild pain are expected
Scarring & infection are rare complications
Changes in skin color may occur in patients with darker skin tones
Before Your Treatment
Acquire the following items to promote a smooth recovery:
- Bacitracin (antibiotic) ointment
- Band-Aid(s) large enough to cover your tattoo
Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds for 1 month prior to treatment
Avoid using any agent that may induce bleeding or bruising beginning 1 week prior to treatment (unless medically necessary)
Day of Treatment
Getting Ready Tips – Wash the treatment area thoroughly with soap and water
Payment will be requested upon arrival
Photographs will be taken
During the procedure, your skin will feel a hot, snapping sensation
You will book a follow up appointment that will take place around 6 to 8 weeks from treatment date
After Your Treatment
Things to Remember
Sun protection is key. Minimize all sun exposure during the healing process to prevent scarring
- Use SPF of at least 30 on a daily basis & reapply every 60 minutes
Avoid the following until skin has fully healed – hot water, pool(s) with chemicals, excessive perspiration, or strenuous exercise
Never pick or scratch at the skin during the healing process (scabs & itching are expected)
Never wipe hard with a towel or washcloth; Always gently pat your skin dry
Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain
Week 1 & 2
- Expect to see – Redness, swelling, and blisters
- Keep the area clean and dry
- Apply a thin layer of Bacitracin daily
- Ink should slowly fade as time progresses after each treatment