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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Lasers Remove Tattoos?
All tattoos naturally fade over time. If you waited two hundred years your tattoo would be almost completely faded. The laser speeds up this process by breaking up the tattoo ink into much smaller particles that can be cleared faster by your own immune system. The Laser emits a strong and focused beam of light that passes harmlessly through the upper layers of skin to the particles of pigment in your tattoo. The laser light heats and vibrates the ink into smaller microscopic particles that are filtered and taken away by your body’s lymphatic system (your body’s natural cleansing mechanism) over a period of 6-8 weeks. The Quanta Q-Plus C laser pulse is so short (one billionth of a second) that the surrounding skin is not affected or scarred.
Does it hurt?
Pain is your personal perception and everyone experiences it differently. Most people describe the sensation to be similar to having a rubber band snapped against their skin. The procedure is very fast and will be over before you know it. We also use a machine called a Zimmer, which blows very cold air and chills the skin during the procedure.
Can you remove all of the colors in my tattoo?
The Quanta Q-Plus C laser has three different wavelengths (or colors) allowing it to selectively erase a whole spectrum of colors, including stubborn blues and greens. Most lasers are only capable of putting out one wavelength, which significantly limits their ability to treat colors selectively without causing scarring or pigment changes.
Which colors are the most difficult to remove?
Our laser can treat all of the colors in your tattoo, although some colors respond better than others. Blacks and reds respond relatively quickly while other colors may require more treatments.
Can my tattoo be removed with just one treatment?
Most tattoos require multiple treatments for full removal. There are several different factors involved in determining how many treatments your particular tattoo will require, including skin type, location, color, amount of ink, scarring or tissue change, and layering. Your body’s response to the laser will also dictate the amount of subsequent treatments. We use the Fitzpatrick Scale to assign a value to your skin type and the Kirby-Desai tattoo removal scale to estimate how many treatments it will take to remove your tattoo. During your consultation we will discuss the number of treatments we estimate you’ll need for your tattoo to be completely removed.
I had a treatment a week ago and it’s completely healed. Do I still have to wait six weeks for another treatment?
Healing is not the reason for the spacing of your treatments. The laser does not expel the ink, it breaks it up so your body’s lymphatic system can take it away. If you treat your tattoo too frequently, the laser is simply targeting the ink your body hasn’t had the chance to remove, and you pay more for the same result.
Will I see my tattoo fade after each treatment?
Each person and each tattoo is different and unique, and therefore there are varying responses to the laser treatment. Depending on how your body and your tattoo ink responds to the laser, you may see noticeable fading with the very first treatment. Other may not see a change until they’ve had a few treatments.
Will laser treatments leave a scar?
Most patients will not scar, however, scarring is a possibility in any medical procedure involving the skin. If you are predisposed to Keloids, or you scar easily, your chances are higher. Compliance with our aftercare instructions will greatly reduce your chances of scarring. It is important to note that the laser does not treat existing scars. If the tattoo was done over a scar, or if the artist scared you while doing your tattoo, the laser cannot remove that scar.

On rare occasion hypopigmentation (decrease in normal skin color) or hyperpigmentation (increase in normal skin color) may occur. This is usually temporary.

Are there any limitations after I receive a treatment?
You may resume all activities soon after treatment, provided you ensure the area is not rubbed or scratched. If you are in the sun, you should cover the treated area to prevent sunburn until the skin has healed.
What should I do after I receive a laser treatment?
In the first 24 hours after treatment, ice the area periodically along with rest and elevation of the treated site. It’s also a good idea to limit physical activities and avoid saunas or swimming.

Take care not to pop blisters or pick scabs, unless otherwise instructed by our office, as this will make you more prone to scarring and infection. Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds during the healing process. Wait 6-8 weeks between treatments. It is also safe to resume physical activities. Swimming is to be avoided if not fully healed.

I love my tattoo but there’s one part that I don’t like. Can you remove just that part?
Yes. We can take the face off your pin-up girl to have it redone. We can take just the name off the banner across your heart. Our lasers are very accurate.
Can I have laser treatments on my permanent make-up?
We do not treat these types of tattoos. Some cosmetic inks have metallic bases. When the laser comes in contact with these inks, it can turn black. Be cautious of anyone who says they can effectively remove cosmetic ink. Once this darkening occurs, it cannot be removed by any laser. You may end up with permanent black lip liner. Tattooed eyeliner cannot be removed due to the danger of the laser near the eye, and the ink in permanent eyebrows could migrate up the forehead causing a shadow effect.
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
The price of each treatment depends on several factors. You will be given a more accurate outlook of number of treatments and estimated cost when you come in for your free consultation. We started this business to make this wonderful technology affordable for everyone. A lot of people greatly overestimate the cost of their tattoo removal!

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