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Frequently Asked Questions

Which laser is used for tattoo removal?

At Clinical Skin Care Center we use state-of-the-art Q-switched Nd: Yag laser called RevLite made by HOYA ConBio. This laser is considered the gold standard for tattoo removal. Our experienced medical staff utilizes the newest techniques assuring the most confortable and effective treatment.

Can I come back earlier than scheduled for the treatments?

Unfortunately no, the time between treatments is set up so your tattoo can heal properly and your body has has enough time to flush the tattoo ink out, naturally. The results, after a treatment, are not always immediate. The body breaks down the ink slowly, usually taking weeks to see the full results, from a treatment.

Will I have a scar?

No. When using the q-switched Nd:Yag laser and following the “aftercare instructions” provided, there is minimal to no scarring, from this procedure. The laser manufacture claims a less than 5% chance of light scarring, which is a beautiful statistic, but we have found an even higher level of success at our clinics.

Do all the colors of ink respond the same?

No. Black and red inks are the easiest to remove, while light greens and light blues are the hardest. These blues and greens can sometimes take more treatments than other colors. In some cases, these colors cannot removed completely. laser tattoo removal pictures

Will the tattoo remove completely?

In most cases, yes. However, complete removal is sometimes a hard thing to predict, due to all the unregulated tattoo inks on the market. The F.D.A. does not regulate tattoo inks and a lot of tattoo ink manufactures and artists make and mix their own inks. Sometimes these mixes have metals and other foreign additives, for effect. These unknowns are why 100% removal is hard to predict or promise.

What do you use for pain?

At Clinical Skin Care we use a Syner-Cool  Cryo Chiller before, during, and after the short procedure. This is known as the “natural” way to cool the epidermis, bringing the forced air down to -30 degrees. This application along with an over the counter pain medicine, such as Tylenol, is all that we recommend.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Tattoo removal works by emitting energy (laser light) directly into the ink of the tattoo. The laser light breaks up the ink so your body’s immune system can take it away. The broken down ink is absorbed by the body, mimicking the natural fading that time or sun exposure would create. Treatments are spaced out every 6 – 8 weeks so that your body has enough time to remove the ink that has been broken down during each treatment.

How does laser tattoo removal feel?
Laser tattoo removal has been described as feeling similar to getting a tattoo.  However the removal process takes far less time.  For a small tattoo, each treatment may take approximately 5 minutes.  To ensure the most comfortable experience, our medical staff will use a Zimmer Chiller before and after each treatment.
How many treatments are recommended?

Removal of a tattoo begins by examining the area during the complimentary consultation. Our experienced medical staff will estimate the number of treatments that will be needed based on several factors including the depth of your tattoo, the type of ink used, and the colors used. Every tattoo is different, so the amount of treatments necessary to remove your tattoo will be estimated by our medical staff. Most tattoos can be removed in 5-10 treatments. 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.

What is the process for removing your tattoo?

Each treatment is scheduled 6-8 weeks apart to allow your body the time needed to remove the ink that has broken down during each treatment. With most tattoos you will typically see significant results after just one treatment, although some colors may take longer to fade.
You will notice darker colors, such as black inks, will significantly fade after the first few treatments. Brighter colors, such as red and blue, will fade gradually and can be seen after just a few treatments.
After 5-15 treatments a tattoo may be completely cleared. By the end of your tattoo removal treatment plan most of the ink will be absorbed by the body. Tattoo pigments, such as white, yellows, greens and fluorescence inks are more challenging to treat and may be slightly visible after multiple treatments.

Why are some tattoos harder to treat and require more treatments?

Each unique tattoo responds to the laser light differently based on several individual factors, including;

  • Immune system: Everyone’s immune system is different.  A healthy patient will get the best results as your body will break down the pigment at a faster rate.
  • Skin type: Patients with lighter skin tones usually have a higher success rate in the removal process.  Darker skin types may require additional treatments.
  • Color: Darker colors such as black inks will significantly fade after the first few treatments.  Brighter colors such as red and blue will take longer to fade.  Pigments such as white, yellow, green and fluorescent inks are more challenging to treat and will require the most treatments.
  • Types of ink: There are many different types of inks used in the tattoo process, and each effect the skin in different ways.  Amateur inks generally respond at a faster rate than professional inks.
  • Amount/Depth of the ink: A tattoo that has been covered by another will have more ink, and that ink will have more depth in the skin.  Larger amounts of ink and deeper inks will require more treatments than amateur tattoos.
How can I ensure I get the best results?

To ensure the most thorough removal in the shortest amount of time, our experienced medical staff will come up with an individual treatment plan specifically designed to treat you unique tattoo. Although the removal process remains consistent, each treatment will have a different effect on the tattoo itself. Most patients are thrilled after their initial few treatments, but get impatient during the middle stages of the treatment.

What is the cost for tattoo removal?

At Clinical Skin Care we charge by the size of the tattoo.  During your initial consultation we will estimate the number of treatments needed to remove your unique tattoo and can determine the cost to fully complete your treatment.  We offer package discounts up to 25% off, and encourage our patients to commit to a series of treatments to receive the best possible results.

Is there any downtime with a tattoo removal?

It is important to keep the treatment area out of direct sunlight and away from significant heat sources, such as hot tubs or saunas for the first 48 hours following the laser treatment.  Additional heat will slow the healing process and can cause blistering.  Not following the prescribed aftercare procedures can lead to reduced effectiveness of the given treatment.  As the laser in non-ionizing and non-mutating to cells the only chance of scarring from the treatment process is if the patient picks or scratches at the treated area during the healing process.

Can cosmetic/makeup tattoos be removed?

Cosmetic tattoos cannot be treated with laser tattoo removal because of the metallic base used in most cosmetic inks. When a laser comes in contact with these cosmetic inks it will cause the ink to darken or turn black. Once the cosmetic tattoo has been darkened it cannot be removed by any laser. You may end up with permanent black lip liner.

Will laser tattoo removal cause me to scar?

As long as you are compliant and follow our experienced medical staff’s aftercare instructions, there is virtually zero chance of any scarring.

Does the process hurt?

Everyone’s pain tolerance/perception is different.  We take measures to ensure that there is a minimal amount of discomfort involved in your treatment.  The Zimmer Chiller is used before and after each treatment.