Tattoo Removal FAQs
How many treatments will I need to get rid of my tattoo?
There are many factors that contribute to how quickly a tattoo is removed. On average people need 5 to 12 treatments to see complete results. The color of the tattoo, your skin tone, tattoo age and quality, and tattoo location will all contribute to the number of treatments needed.
During a consultation, the certified laser specialist will be able to better evaluate your tattoo.
Why do I have to wait between treatments?
Waiting six to eight weeks or more between treatments allows for the immune system to flush away the shattered tattoo ink. Some skin types need a longer time to heal as they are more sensitive. In addition, the body never stops flushing out the shattered ink, so taking eight weeks instead of six weeks might be advantageous.
Is my skin going to be affected?
Most people do not have any side effects from laser tattoo removal. Because our Duality laser is so advanced, it minimizes the chances of any negative results. However, with more difficult tattoos and sensitive skin types, minor blistering may take place a few days after the laser treatment. This blistering is not harmful, and simply needs to be cared for like any usual cut or scrape.
Scabs may appear during the healing process, just as when getting a tattoo. It is very important not to pick these scabs as it will result in scarring that makes future laser treatments less effective.
On rare occasions there is a non-permanent discoloring of skin—hyper- or hypopigmentation. This is more common on individuals with darker skin tones and is caused by a slight increase or decrease in melanin. For virtually every case, pigmentation changes are resolved after just a few months.
These effects on the skin are not harmful and can be quickly healed with guidance from the certified laser specialist along with proper aftercare. Click here for detailed aftercare instructions.
Does it hurt?
Most patients measure laser tattoo removal as being equally or less painful than getting the tattoo. There are numbing options for the procedure -- before, during, and after. Topical anesthetics and ice packs are great for ensuring a comfortable treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of each treatment varies based on tattoo size, color and location. Treatments can take as little as a few minutes and up to 15 minutes at most, much less than the tattoo application process.
The practitioner will be able to provide an accurate assessment of treatment length during your consultation.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
On the day of treatment be sure to wear loose-fit clothing so the tattoo is not rubbed and is easily accessible.
Do not have plans to swim for 3-4 days after your treatment to prevent infection and promote proper healing.
Have the proper aftercare medical supplies: non-stick bandages, wound care ointment (triple antibiotic, Aquaphor, etc.).