For tattoos, a specialist will use Revlite Q-switched Nd:YAG and Candela Q-switched Alexandrite lasers to ensure complete removal, regardless of the colors involved. The length and amount of treatments required for tattoo removal will vary based on the size and design of the tattoo being removed.
The lasers deliver very short pulses of high intensity light into the treated area. The tattoo inks and pigments then selectively absorb the light without destroying the normal surrounding skin tissue in the process. The tattoo is dissolved into smaller ink particles that are harmlessly removed by the body's immune system in the weeks following treatment. Topical analgestic is also available to numb the area being treated.
Removing a professionally applied tattoo is usually a fading process that requires a series of treatments spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Professional tattoos usually require 5-10 treatments for complete clearing. The black colored inks usually respond more quickly than the bright colored inks because they absorb the light better. The depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on your body are all determining factors in how long and how quickly we will be able to remove your tattoo. Most amateur, medical and accidental tattoos are removed in only 2-5 treatments scheduled about 4-5 weeks apart.
Very rarely have any scars been seen while utilizing this process. Providing state of the art technology helps ensure clients that the risk of scarring is dramatically reduced. There have been occasions where some lighter or darker colored pigment persists from the tattoo site, but normally after the course of treatments is complete, the treated area is indistinguishable from the normal surrounding skin.
Yes, in most cases tattoos can be completely removed. Thought there are many factors involved in completely removing unwanted tattoos. The depth, density and types of colors are probably the biggest determining factors. After each treatment we fragment a little bit more ink and a little deeper into your skin, blistering and scabbing often follows for a week or two. We see some tattoos disappear within 2-3 treatments, as well as in some cases seeing tattoos requiring 8-10 or more treatments for complete removal. Taking care of the treated area is the most important factor in removing a tattoo without a scar. It can be said that the better you take care of the area treated the better the results.
Most of our patients say that the laser treatment feels like being snapped by a rubber band and that the discomfort is roughly equivalent to having a tattoo put on. Almost all of our clients are able to resume their normal activities immediately following treatment.
Many tattoo artists encourage customers to receive a minimum number of laser treatments to lighten an existing tattoo before covering it with a new one. This will dramatically reduce chances of the old tattoo appearing through the new one over time. In most cases, a minimum of 2-4 treatments is all that's required to lighten an existing tattoo.
This depends entirely on the actual size and color of the tattoo that is being treated. An area the size of a Metro Card is $200.