Why is this treatment effective?

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
Initial State of Tattoo
After only 5 Tattoo Removal Sessions

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

Recovery Timeline

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