Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser energy is directed at the tattooed area for a fraction of a second, passing harmlessly through the outer layer of the skin and targeting the tattoo ink directly.
Laser tattoo removal has been described as feeling like spattering bacon grease on the skin, but it takes far less time! Before treatment, we will numb the area with ice or we can inject Lidocain under the skin to control the pain. We will also use an advanced in-treatment cooling system so you'll be assured the most comfortable experience possible.
After your initial visit, you will return every 3 to 4 weeks. It may take several visits to see any results. As your body first starts to break down the ink, you may not see any significant changes. After a few treatments you'll notice the black and darker color inks fading and the brighter color inks such as red and blue gradually lightening. After 5 to 15 visits, a tattoo may be completely cleared, although some stubborn colors such as white may not be removed. Most of the ink will be absorbed by your body. Your tattoo should be barely visible or not visible at all!
 
Individual factors affect how your tattoo responds to the laser treatment.
Unique Immune System
Some people recover from colds faster than others. That's because everyone's immune system is different and this is a factor during tattoo removal. Your body will break down the pigment at its own individual rate.

Your Skin Tone
Lighter skin tones typically have a faster success rate in laser tattoo removal but darker skin types are treatable. Some patient's tattoos are significantly reduced in appearance after the first session.

Types of Colors Used
Black, red, dark orange and dark blue tattoos will usually respond relatively quickly to laser treatments. Green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue may require more visits.

Types of Ink Used
Inks used for tattoos are not regulated so there are many inks out there that affect the skin in different ways. While treatment results will vary, amateur ink generally responds at a faster rate than professional inks.

Depth of Tattoo
A tattoo that is covered by another has more ink and depth in the skin, therefore requiring additional laser treatments. Professional tattoos run deeper in the skin with more ink thus requiring more treatments than amateur tattoos.
Most patients are thrilled after their initial few treatments, but as they undergo the middle stages of removal they sometimes become impatient. It's important to remember that not every session will have the same effect. Though the process remains consistent, your body may react differently from treatment to treatment. For optimal results, follow our medical staff's instructions as closely as possible. This will ensure the most thorough removal in the shortest amount of time.

Pain
Typically tattoo removal is very painful. We make every effort to decrease the pain level as much as possible. Since our technicians are RN's and LVN's it is possible to have lidocaine injections before the tattoo removal process to make it pain free. There are other tattoo removal services also doing the Lidocaine injections, however, the injections usually are given by an esthetician or laser technician, with no medical training, who also does the tattoo removal. Do you really want the person giving you lidocaine injections to not have medical training and experience?

The rules for free tattoo removal:
  • Proof of age and parental consent required.
  • You must always be on time for your appointment.
  • You must keep every appointment. If you need to re-schedule an appointment it must be done 24 hours in advance.
  • You must be clean and dressed appropriately for a professional office.
  • Be polite. learn to say please and thank you. Treat the employees and technicians with respect. They don't have to do this.

After Care

  • Avoid sun exposure
  • No Tanning
  • Remove the dressing after 24 hours
  • Apply Aquaphore ointment two times per day minimum for 7 days.
  • If blisters form do not break them and protect as much as possible.
    • If they break continue to use Aquaphore or antibiotic ointment and pat into place until healed.
  • If it is necessary to cover and protect, use a breathable gauze pad and don't leave on longer than necessary.
  • Re-treatment can be done when the site is completely healed. Usually 3 to 4 weeks.