Currently 25% of Americans have at least one tattoo. While 84% of them are happy with their tattoo and are glad they got it, 16% of them are unhappy either with the tattoo they got, the location, or the fact that they got one at all.
Whether you want to get rid of it entirely or want cover it; we can remove the evidence of your previous decision quickly and easily.
Cost of laser tattoo removal (per visit)
1 to 2 sq in – $60
3 to 6 sq in – $85
7 to 9 sq in – $120
10 sq in & up – consult needed
Please feel free to make a consultation appointment for an accurate estimate of the cost of tattoo removal for you.
How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work
Laser light = energy
Have you ever noticed how the top of your head gets hot when wearing a dark hat on a sunny day? That’s because the sunlight is absorbed by the color of your hat. The ink in a tattoo is like that hat. The pigment absorbs the laser light energy and is broken up so your body can dispose of it naturally.
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 to help 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 4 to 6 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Laser treatment painful?
A. The impact of the laser has been compared to the snap of a small rubber band to the skin. The pain you feel also depends on where the tattoo is located. The majority of patients are able to tolerate this level of discomfort. We have you Ice the area to help minimize any discomfort.
Q. How many treatments will it take to remove a tattoo?
A. The amount of treatments depends on a number of factors including: The amount of ink used, the type of ink used, the depth of the ink into the skin. Generally most patients require between 8 and 15 treatments for adequate results. However, individual results may vary.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. The price to remove a tattoo depends on the size of the tattoo. On average, most treatments are priced between $60 – $120 per session. However, some treatments may be more if larger than 10 square inches. Also, we do not require that you buy a package of treatments. Please feel free to call us for a FREE consultation 940-484-2170 where we can sit down and answer all your questions.
Q. Will this treatment remove colored tattoos?
A. The inks that respond best are Black, Dark Blue, and Red. It also responds well to Orange and Purple colored inks. Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, and generally take additional treatments to produce significant fading.
Q. How do I care for the area after a laser treatment?
A. Post-treatment basically comes down to keeping the treated area clean! You may experience some scabbing, you need to make sure and not scratch or pick at the treatment area.