How do I know if I am a good candidate for tattoo removal?
There are a few factors that dictate how easily your tattoo can be removed. Such as:
- How long you’ve had the tattoo
- How deep the ink has been set into your skin
- What kind of ink that was used
- What kind of instrument that was used to set the ink
- The colors of ink used in your tattoo
- The location of the tattoo
- How healthy and active you are
- The medications you’re taking
- Your skin tone
- The type of laser used
- The proficiency of the treating technician
A consultation may be useful for you to ask questions. It will provide you with a information about what to expect with the tattoo removal process. We can also do text or email consultations. Call us for more information!
What are the possible unwanted effects of laser tattoo removing?
Most people experience mild irritation of the tattooed area during and after the treatment. This discomfort usually goes away around a half an hour or so after the session.
Some people can also experience side effects such as:
- Keloid Scarring (more common with darker skin tones)
- Temporary Blistering
- Mild bleeding
- Hyper and Hypo pigmentation (with darker skin tones)
- Ink oxidization (with some cosmetic makeup tattoos)
How many sessions does it take to remove a tattoo?
All tattoos are different. Some come off easily in 4 sessions, and some can take up to 12 sessions. Most people land in the 6 to 8 session range. There are a lot of factors that dictate how many sessions it will take. Some people seem to react better than others to the treatments.
Taking time between sessions is vital to your progress. This allows your skin to heal and for the dissipated ink to be processed by your body. It is a waste of time and money to rush the sessions.
After each and every session, your tattoo will lighten until it eventually is gone. See the Before and after section to see results.
Is laser tattoo removal Safe?
Most people can safely go through the tattoo removal process. . There are a couple of exceptions. You are not a candidate for the removal process if you are: pregnant, breast feeding,
- Hypersensitivity to light in the near infrared wavelength region.
- Taking medication which is known to increase sensitivity to sunlight.
- Seizure disorders triggered by light.
- Have type 1 diabetes.
- Take or have taken oral isotretinoin within the last six months.
- Have an active localised or systemic infection, or an open wound in area being treated.
- Have a significant systemic illness or an illness localized in area being treated.
- Have lupus .
- Have common acquired nevi that are predisposed to the development of malignant melanoma.
- Pregnant or are breast feeding
- Have recently tanned
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
Laser tattoo removal does come with some discomfort. Most people compare it to being snapped with a rubber band. We use a Cryo cooling machine and numbing creams to help mitigate that pain.
Is there anything else that I will be able to do to help with results?
Sure, you play a key roll within the how well your body responds to the process.
- Drink a lot of Water, Stay Hydrated.
- Be active, get your blood pumping.
- Take care of the treated area as directed by the treating technician.
I have a small tattoo. Do tattoo-removal creams or ointments work?
Because tattoo ink goes down deep into the dermis layer of the skin, ointments and creams do not have the ability to get to the tattoo. If your tattoo is home done, and is not very deep, you may get of some interaction with a topical cream.
The FDA warns shoppers about tattoo removing lotions, ointments, and home made tattoo removing kits. There is little to no proof of effectiveness and some creams may harm the skin. By far, the most effective treatment for removing a tattoo is through a certified laser treatment.