The first step is to make a consultation appointment with our professional laser technician who will be able to provide you with realistic expectations.
Complete laser tattoo removal requires multiple treatment sessions, usually spaced 6 –8 weeks apart. At each session, some but not all of the tattoo ink is fragmented, and the body removes the smallest fragments over the course of several weeks. The result is that the tattoo fades over time. The number of sessions and the time between each session will depend on several variables, such as the area of the body where the tattoo is located, skin type and colour, the colours and kinds of ink used, the depth of the ink within the skin, the age of the tattoo, and the patient’s overall health.
Tattoo removal can be painful and it is usually compared to the feeling of being snapped by a rubber band. Most patients find that, while treatments can be uncomfortable, the average session lasts only minutes and the discomfort experienced is more than worth the end result.
Post–treatment, your skin will be red and feel sunburned. There is a chance of blistering and most individuals will develop a crust over the treated area, which will subside in the weeks following treatment. The chance of experiencing any of these side effects varies for each individual. Proper after–treatment care and follow–up with our professional laser technician will decrease your risks.
Q: Can all tattoos be removed?
A: Tattoos were created to be permanent, so removing them was difficult
to near impossible until recently. However, there are many variables
that affect the success of tattoo removal such as the colours of ink
used, the size and location of the tattoo and the patients overall health.
Other factors such as how the tattoo was applied and how long ago the
tattoo was done also determine how successful the tattoo removal will be.
Most tattoo artists mix and use thousands of different tattoo ink and rarely do they inform their clients which ones are being used. As such, complete tattoo removal can’t always be guaranteed. The first step is to make a consultation appointment with our laser professional who will be able to provide you with realistic expectations.
Q: How will the tattoo be removed?
A: The laser machine used will be a Q–Switch Nd:YAG Laser, which delivers ultra high–powered but short pulses of light that pass through the skin and break up the particles of tattoo pigment. These particles are then eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system. The highly advanced Q–Switch Nd:YAG Laser breaks up the pigment particles small enough to be absorbed much faster than earlier model laser machines. Other tattoo removal methods such as dermabrasion, saltabrasion, and Argon or CO2 lasers are less effective and can be painful and disfiguring, usually leaving behind scars in place of the tattoo.
Q: How many sessions will I need to completely remove my tattoo?
A: Complete laser tattoo removal requires multiple treatment sessions, usually spaced 6–8 weeks apart. At each session, some but not all of the tattoo pigment particles are effectively fragmented, and the body removes the smallest fragments over the course of several weeks.
The result is that the tattoo is lightened over time. The number of sessions and the time between treatments depends on several variables such as the area of the body where the tattoo is located, the type and colour of the skin, the colours and kinds of ink used, the depth of the ink within the skin, the age of the tattoo, and the patient’s overall health.
Before consultation, no one can predict exactly how many treatments you will need. Everyone’s body reacts differently, and the location, size, type of ink used, and age of the tattoo all play a role in determining the number of treatments required as well as in the overall success. Typically, most clients need 10–12 treatments – give or take depending on the variables mentioned.
You can help make your treatments more effective by leading a healthy lifestyle, especially during and immediately after the treatment period. Those who drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet will see results quicker than someone who smokes and drinks alcohol. The body must first flush out those toxins before flushing out the ink particles.
Q: What does laser tattoo removal feel like?
A: Each person’s threshold for pain is different and while some argue that tattoo removal is not that bad, some find that tattoo removal can be painful and is usually compared to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against your skin. Different options are available for pain relief such as applying anesthetic cream prior to the treatment or a local injection. However these cause the skin to tighten and contract, inhibiting the laser from properly fragmenting the ink and causing the patient to have to pay for extra treatment sessions. Some patients may also experience punctate bleeding, especially on thin–skinned areas of the body like the hands, ankles and neck. Most patients find that while the treatments can be uncomfortable, the average session lasts only minutes and is more than worth the end result.
Q: What are the risks involved with laser tattoo removal?
A: As with any laser procedure, there are risks involved. Luckily, new technology has minimized these risks and side effects are generally mild and may include hyper pigmentation (excess colour at the tattoo site) or hypo pigmentation (lack of colour at the tattoo site), infection and a slight chance of scarring. However these results are rare and occur mostly in individuals already at risk for scarring. Post–treatment, your skin will be red and feel sunburned. There is a chance of blistering (especially for those removing red ink) and most individuals will develop a crust over the treated area, which will subside in the weeks following treatment. A person’s chances of experiencing these side effects vary for each individual. Proper after care and follow–up with the laser professional will decrease your risks.
Q: How much does it cost to remove a tattoo?
A: There is no standard scale of pricing for tattoo removal. Each individual will require a different number of treatment sessions with varying results for seemingly similar tattoos. Factors such as the depth and composition of the ink used play an important role in the number of treatments needed. We’re here to help you achieve your desired results and, upon consultation, the laser professional will work out a price with you for each treatment, especially for those needing multiple sessions, as well as for those wishing to only fade a tattoo.