FAQs - Laser Tattoo Removal

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How do lasers remove tattoos?

Laser tattoo removal uses specialized lasers to produce short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to effect the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo ink to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body's immune system. The specially designed tattoo removal laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin.

Can all tattoos be removed?

The results depend upon several factors, including size, location, the individual's ability to heal, how the tattoo was applied and how long it has been in place. We cannot guarantee the complete removal of any tattoo; there are too many factors outside of our control. Black ink is the easiest to remove. Yellow and light green often get much lighter but may not disappear completely.

How long does it take to remove a tattoo?

A typical tattoo removal takes 10-12 treatments. Eight week intervals between sessions are required to allow pigment residue to be absorbed by the body. 

Will it hurt?

Yes. The unfortunate thing about tattoos is that both getting them and having them removed can be uncomfortable. The impact of the energy from the laser pulse of light has been described as similar to being snapped by a rubber band or the pop of bacon grease. Yes, it hurts more than getting the tattoo.  We have a few pain management techniques to help.

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What kind of equipment is used?

Our machine is an FDA approved laser that specializes in tattoo removal. It is a Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser. 

What kind of training has the staff had?

Our staff are all laser certified. We have completed the Laser Institute of America training.

What skin tones can be treated?

Our laser is safe on all skin tones.