1. What does Tatoo removal cost?
Your Tatoo is unique, as is your skin type, this we’d need to see you in person for a free consultation, only then can we give you a true estimate.
It should be noted that having a Tatoo removed is a bit more involved than the initial application. Because of this, it will take multiple treatments for complete removal.
We do have flexible pricing and packages we’d be happy to discuss with you personally. Give us a call or use the form on our site to get in touch.
2. How long before my Tatoo is completely removed?
We understand that once you’ve made a decision to remove your tatoo, you’d like it done as soon as possible. There are however several factors to consider.
a. Through the use of Laser technology, we are effectively breaking down the ink into extremely small particles, which are then removed via normal body flushing which happens over time, not overnight. The amount of time is dependent on your own body, the placement of the Tatoo and other factors like the color of the ink.
b. We recommend, at a minimum, six weeks between laser treatments to give your body time to heal and flush away any toxins. Shorter durations between treatments may result in permanent skin damage and is not recommended.
Statistically, most patients will need between 5 and 8 treatments for their Tatoo to be fully removed.
NOTE: Some patients need fewer treatments while others may need 10 or more.
Ask about The Kirby-Desai scale, which shows statically the amount of time and number of treatments it will take for complete removal.
3. Will the treatments hurt?
Yes, but not that much. Many patients say it is comparable to when they first had the Tatoo applied. The myth that the pain is excruciating is just that, a myth. Beyond that, we use skin numbing to lessen any adverse feeling of pain. In fact, many patients say they barely felt anything, rather enjoyed the cool chilling effect of our Zimmer Cryo 6, which soothes the skin before, during and after the procedure.
4. Is there any scarring?
We take every precaution and use the latest technology to ensure scaring is non-existent or very slight. It should be noted, however, that if there was scarring from the original Tatoo application. Our procedures will not eliminate the original scarring, only the ink.
Also, it’s important that the patient follow aftercare procedures which will be outlined after your procedure. In essence, we are helping your body to eliminate the ink that may have been there for years, that takes a team of skilled technicians, the latest laser technology and you.
5. How difficult is it to revise my Tatoo?
We often do revisions, however, we’ll need to know a little bit more about what you want? If you desire to completely erase an area, an example might be a name, in the midst of a larger piece of art, that’s very doable, but will take care and precision. If instead, your needs are fading, in preparation for a coverup or enhancement, there are fewer sessions involved. We’ll be happy to discuss your specific needs, just give us a call or use the form on our site to get in touch.
6. What about side effects?
Yes, there will be side-effects, but in nearly every case, these are temporary. Realize that we are shattering the ink and your skin is simply reacting to the treatment, which is perfectly normal. Some of the side effects you may or may not experience are:
As stated, these are to be expected and are part of the healing process and one reason we wait for a minimum of six weeks between treatments. With proper aftercare, the affected area should return to normal.
7. Can you tell me exactly how the laser removal works?
Laser tattoo removal is science, not magic. Many think the laser simply burns away the ink, but that is incorrect. What happens is this, as the laser pulses, it sends light energy into your skin on a particular wavelength. The wavelength is determined by the color of the ink and the pigmentation of your skin. As the light is directed toward your existing tattoo, it is absorbed by the ink particles in your skin. As the energy is absorbed, it causes the ink particles to shatter the ink into microparticles. At this point, your body, over time, works to flush away the micro particles from the tattoo. Visually, we see the tattoo lightening, which is the desired effect. Each treatment breaks down the ink more and more until the tattoo can no longer be seen.
If you have questions we didn’t answer here, please get in touch, there is never any cost for the initial consultation nor obligation for treatment.