Having second thoughts?
Fortunately, tattoos don't have to be permanent.
We use the Q-switched Nd:Yag laser, which sends an intense pulse of energy directly to the tattoo pigment. This produces a shockwave-like effect that shatters the ink into smaller pieces. After the laser procedure, your body's immune system then slowly flushes away the particles over the next several months. This process must be repeated many times to further break down the ink deposits into smaller and smaller particles for your body to process and remove. This is a very slow process and requires patience.
How many treatments are needed?
Depending on many factors, such as the color of tattoos, expect to need anywhere from 5 to 15 treatments. Removing tattoos is a slow process. We recommend spacing your laser appointments every 2 to 3 months (and not every month). This allows the area to heal properly and minimizes the risk of scarring. It also gives your body the best chance for flushing out the smaller pigment particles before the next treatment. Every session will produce some level of fading. Please note that different colors respond differently to laser tattoo removal. We can discuss these details at your first appointment.
Is there numbing cream for the pain?
Laser treatment for tattoos is not painless, however, topical numbing creams or injections can limit the results with laser, so we highly recommend against this. We want the best results possible for you. Please refer to our laser tattoo removal instruction sheet before your first appointment so that you can be prepared with over-the-counter pain medications prior.
How should I prepare for my first treatment?
- Limit sun exposure for 2 weeks before and after your treatment. Also avoid spray tans in the laser treatment area.
- If you have hair in the tattoo area, please shave the area right before each treatment.
- Plan to avoid exercise for the rest of the day after your treatment.
What is the healing process?
You will have small scabs or rarely small blisters that will take 1-2 weeks to heal. Do not scrub, scratch or pick at the area. You can gently cleanse the wound and apply antibiotic ointment, then cover the area. You may experience swelling, itching, or mild tenderness during the healing process. You can apply cool compresses or gentle ice packs to help reduce the discomfort and inflammation. The initial color of the tattoo pigment may be significantly brighter or darker right after the laser procedure. This wil fade slowly as the area heals.
How much is the cost?
Tattoos come in all shapes and sizes. We would love to see yours and give you an estimate! You can schedule a consultation with our laser specialist prior or get a general cost estimate over the phone before your first laser appointment. Please make sure to get a copy of our laser tattoo removal instructions before your first scheduled laser treatment. We are eager to be part of your journey!