Laser Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How does tattoo removal work?

A1: A Laser tattoo removal procedure is a non-invasive treatment that uses laser energy to break down the ink particles in a tattoo, allowing the body’s natural processes to remove them. The laser sends pulses of light through the top layer of skin and into the tattoo, which are absorbed by the ink particles. This causes the ink particles to break down into smaller pieces, which can then be naturally eliminated by the body’s immune system..

Q2: Is tattoo removal painful?

A2: Laser tattoo removal can cause discomfort, often described as a rubber band snapping against the skin. Topical anesthetics can be used to minimize pain, however, treatments tend to be so quick clients often times opt out of using any numbing agent. 

Q3: How many sessions are needed for complete removal?

A3: The number of sessions varies based on factors like color and size of the tattoo, age of the tattoo, depth of the ink, type of ink used, colors and individual skin response. On average, most clients require between 5 and 10 treatments for the full tattoo removal process (usually defined as >90% reduction in the appearance of tattoo ink), but some clients may require more or fewer treatments depending on the factors listed above. It’s important to keep in mind that complete removal of a tattoo is not always possible, and some residual ink or discoloration may remain after treatment.

Q4: Are all tattoo colors equally easy to remove?

A4: Darker colors like black are generally more responsive to removal, while lighter colors may require additional sessions. Green, blue and yellow pigments can be challenging however, our “Lutronic Hollywood Spectra” laser machine is the world’s leading and most advanced ultra-short pulse 1064/532nm laser platform with proprietary capabilities to remove multi-color tattoos.

Q5: Are there any side effects of tattoo removal?

A5: Temporary side effects may include redness, swelling, blistering, or scabbing. In rare cases, scarring or changes in skin texture may occur. Following our provided aftercare protocols will minimize side effects.

Q6: How long does it take for the skin to heal after a session?

A6: Healing time varies, but it’s common for the skin to need several weeks to fully recover. Itching may occur, but following aftercare instructions is crucial for optimal healing. Removal is a swift procedure allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately.

Q7: Can all tattoos be completely removed?

A7: It’s important to note that laser tattoo removal is not a guarantee for complete removal, and some residual ink or discoloration may remain after treatment. The success of the procedure also depends on the patient’s skin type, the location of the tattoo, and the age of the tattoo. However, laser tattoo removal is generally considered safe and effective, and has become a popular alternative to traditional tattoo removal methods such as surgical excision or dermabrasion.

Q8: What factors affect the cost of tattoo removal?

A8: On average, a laser tattoo removal session can cost anywhere from $200 up to $500 or more per session, with multiple sessions required over 6–10 week intervals for complete removal. The total cost of laser removal will depend on the size, depth, and color of the tattoo, as well as the number of sessions required. We offer complete removal packages to help save you money. Keep in mind that these are just general price ranges, and the actual cost of tattoo removal will depend on your specific case.

Q9: Is there a risk of scarring with tattoo removal?

A9: While scarring is rare, it can occur, especially if aftercare instructions are not followed. Consulting with our laser practitioner can minimize this risk.

Q10: Can I get a new tattoo in the same spot after removal?

A10: In most cases, it’s possible to get a new tattoo in the same area after complete healing. However, consulting with a tattoo artist and ensuring the skin is in good condition is advisable. We encourage all tattoo artists to work directly with our laser practitioner to achieve your optimum desired goals. 

Q11:Why does my tattoo look more vibrant after laser?

A11:Essentially the laser breaks apart the larger ink particles into tiny fragments for your white blood cells to carry away through the lymphatic system. As the white blood cells are working to naturally remove the fragments, the tattoo can often look more vibrant due to there being more tiny particles in the dermis.