Because the process for removing a tattoo requires a great deal of thought for many people, we are always happy to answer any questions that our customers may have about the process or what to expect during their free consultation. To increase your comfort about booking your appointment, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about laser tattoo removal. If you have any questions or concerns not found on this page, our team would be happy to assist you to determine if laser tattoo removal is the right fit.
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.
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. To estimate how many treatments will be required to remove your tattoo, we encourage you to utilize this tool. However, as previously stated, results may vary based on different factors and estimates may take longer than expected for the level of removal wanted.
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. As a laser tattoo removal treatment facility, our technicians have a few pain management techniques to help.
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 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.
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 treatments through this website. Unfortunately, Anticipation Laser Tattoo Removal does not accept walk-in customers at the current time.