Frequently Asked Laser Tattoo Removal Questions

Why a laser?

The laser emits a pulse of harmless energy that the ink absorbs. The ink is quickly disrupted, breaking the pigment down so the body can absorb it. How does it work? Using a sopQ Switched Alexandrite tattoo removal laserhisticated state-of-the-art laser, the laser is aimed at the inked surface. The energy from the laser passes through the skin, going straight to the ink. The ink is disturbed by the energy, and breaks down, allowing the body to absorb the ink, and dispose of it naturally. The skin remains unharmed.

How does it feel?

The treatment feels nothing more than small rubberband snaps. Much less pain than it was to get the tattoo. We offer topical numbing creams and use a innovative cooling system during your treatment free of cost to you.  Even better is that laser tattoo removal takes much less time than getting that tattoo.

How many treatments?

On average, a person may need anywhere from 5 to 15 treatments to fully remove a tattoo. Amatuer tattoo: 3-6 treatments, Professional tattoo: 6-15 treatments, Cosmetic tattoo: 2-6 treatments (patch test first). The laser removes the ink in layers. Each treatment needs about 6 weeks to breakdown the ink and be absorbed by the body. As time progresses and more treatments are done on the tattoo, the darker pigments will start to fade and lighter pigments will start to lighten. After the first treatment, the number of treatments really depends on a number of factors before the tattoo is removed completely or almost completely. The removal of a tattoo is a long process and clients are advised to be patient.

Can multi-colored tattoos be removed?

Yes. Some ink colors are harder to remove. Colors such as white and yellow, may not be easily removed and there is a chance they won’t disappear. Black, blue, green, red and brown respond very well to treatments. Will my tattoo be gone after the first treatment? No. Laser tattoo removal involves a series of treatment sessions, one every six weeks. Ask your technician for an estimate on the number of treatments that will be needed to remove the tattoo. An average of 5-15 treatments are needed to fully remove a tattoo. Amatuer tattoo: 3-6 treatments, Professional tattoo: 6-15 treatments, Cosmetic tattoo: 2-6 treatments (patch test first).

Can I schedule to come back sooner than 6 weeks for my next treatment?

The targeted ink takes time to break down and be removed by the body. Returning for a sooner treatment will only breakdown the ink that the body is still trying to dissolve from the previous treatment. Maximum fading of the tattoo will occur in the four to six week healing period between treatments. Visits are scheduled 6 weeks apart to allow the body to absorb and dissolve the dTattooBeGOneSF at Serenity MedSpaisrupted ink.

What are the limitations after treatment?

Unlike many other procedures, laser tattoo removal treatments allow you to continue with your everyday life and participate in most activities. However, until the tattoo area is healed, a person should avoid rubbing and scratching the area, as well as covering it up from sunlight.

What if I only want part of my tattoo removed?

You can choose to have all or just part of a tattoo removed. Maybe the artist misspelled a name? You can choose to have the misspelled portion removed to be re-tattooed correctly. Since the lasers accurately target only areas it passes over, it is easy to pick and choose what you would like removed to your liking.

Do you remove permanent makeup?

Some permanent makeup consists of a metallic base. When treated with a laser paradoxical darkening (darkening of tattoo pigment) can occur. For that reason permanent makeup is not treated at our facility.

Does it leave a scar?

Like any procedure on the skin, scarring is a possibility with laser tattoo removal. However, it is very rare. Patients predisposed with Keloids have higher chances of scarring from the treatment. Following post treatment care suggestions reduces the chances of any scarring. Occasionally, hypopigmentation (whitening) of the skin may also result. However, normal skin colour should return within six to twelve months after treatment.

Why do some tattoos take longer to treat?

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Skin Tone: The tone of the skin is also a factor in the rate of treatment. Usually lighter skin tones have better success rates, but success and good outcomes have been achieved for all skinTattooBeGoneSF Waiting area types.

Ink color: Some pigment colors take a bit longer to absorb. Darker colors like dark blue, black, green and purple absorb energy and heat much faster, while cooler lighter colors, like yellow, white and sky blue, absorb energy must slower. Colors that don’t absorb so much energy, like red, pink, white, and yellow, may require more treatments.

Type of Ink: Some inks are heavier than others, and require more energy to breakdown and dissolve into the body. Professional tattoos will most likely have more professional ink, therefore needing more treatments to treat.

Depth of ink in the skin: Tattoos that are embedded deeper in the skin or layered over more ink will require more treatments to remove. Since some ink might be deeper into the skin than others, it takes more energy to reach that pigment and break it down. Tattoos that are more professional are usually inked deeper into the skin than more amateur tattoos.

What can I do for the best results?

For the best results, multiple treatment sessions are necessary, especially with lighter colors. Follow the pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions provided by the technician. While many people are happy with the first treatment’s results, remember, each body reacts differently. And each treatment may cause the body to react differently.