Frequently Asked Questions

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 affect the tattoo pigment. This energy emitted by the laser then causes the tattoo ink to fragment into smaller particles that can be 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 our laser tattoo removal treatments can achieve depend upon several factors including the size and location of the tattoo, as well as the individual's ability to heal, how the tattoo was applied originally and how long it has been in place. We cannot guarantee the complete removal of any tattoo because there are too many factors outside of our control. As a good rule of thumb, black ink is the easiest to remove; however, yellow and light green often get much lighter but may not disappear completely. We do NOT remove tattooed eyeliner or eyelids.

How long does it take to remove a tattoo?

Typical tattoo removal takes 10 to 12 treatments. Eight-week intervals between sessions are required to allow pigment residue to be absorbed by the body before additional laser tattoo removal treatments can be performed. When you come in for your free consultation, we will examine your tat and tell you the number of treatments we expect it to take - any treatments after that are free.

What kind of equipment is used?

The laser tattoo removal machine used by Anticipation Laser Tattoo Removal is an FDA-approved laser that was developed specifically for tattoo removal. It is a Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser. Historically, this is the only laser that has successfully been able to remove or minimize dark and bright tattoos without causing scarring as a side effect.

What kind of training has the staff had?

Each member of Anticipation Laser Tattoo Removal’s staff is laser certified. To achieve this, we require that all technicians complete the Laser Institute of America training. This not only ensures that our customers are receiving effective treatments that correctly remove their tattoos but also limits the chances of side effects that may occur with improper laser tattoo removal treatments.

How soon after getting a tattoo can I start the process to remove it?

You need to wait until your skin is completely healed. We recommend waiting at least one month before starting laser tattoo removal treatments.

What skin tones can be treated?

Our laser is safe on all skin tones and nearly anyone can benefit from laser tattoo removal if they are unhappy with their existing tattoo. Although certain skin types may require more treatments than others, Anticipation Laser Tattoo Removal has achieved great success on a wide variety of skin types. Any questions that you may have regarding your skin type can be addressed with a free consultation.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes. To successfully provide laser tattoo removal treatments, our team will need to schedule a free initial consultation with you. After this, new laser tattoo removal sessions can be booked with eight-week intervals between sessions. You can book your initial consultation and all subsequent appointments through this website. Unfortunately, Anticipation Laser Tattoo Removal does not accept walk-in customers at the current time.

Will it hurt?

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.  If you have a low pain tolerance we recommend you purchase NUMB520 from Amazon or a pharmacy,  or a tube of Painless Tattoo from These are Lidocaine-based topical numbing creams. Use as directed, generally 1 hour before your treatment.

What are the aftercare instructions?

Here is a link to our aftercare instructions:

Aftercare Instructions


What are the side effects?

Here is a link to more information on possible side effects:

Side Effects