Do you have a tattoo that you want to get rid of? There are many reasons why you may want to erase unwanted ink, whether it has become unattractive, no longer expresses you, or is associated with painful memories. In the past, tattoo removal was a surgical process, but modern laser treatments allow you to completely remove almost any tattoo without surgery or scarring.
Our lasers can clear tattoos in half the time of a traditional laser and is even effective on tattoos that have failed to fade after previous treatments. With today’s technology, there’s no reason to live with a tattoo you dislike.
Tattoos are made up of ink placed into a deep layer of the skin known as the dermis. This layer does not shed like the upper layers, which is what makes tattoos permanent. Removing tattoos requires a precise, targeted treatment. Laser tattoo removal, like many cosmetic laser treatments, operates on a principle known as selective photothermolysis. If you wear a dark shirt, it absorbs more heat from the sun than if you wear a lighter color. The same principle applies when we shine a laser on your skin. The ink absorbs more light than the surrounding skin and gets heated up until it is destroyed.
Then, the broken-down ink is naturally removed by your body. Our laser uses photomechanical Pressure Wave technology, which is capable of shattering even the smallest targeted ink particles. The laser’s ultra-short pulse duration creates an intense but tolerable impact, breaking up the tattoo ink into tiny dust-like particles that are easily eliminated from your body.
During a laser treatment, you will likely experience a feeling that resembles a rubber band snapping against your skin. You may also feel a warm sensation in the treatment area. Many patients find the treatment tolerable, though we can also numb the area for optimal comfort. Our team will do everything they can to make your laser tattoo removal session more comfortable. After your session, you may notice some bruising, redness, or crusting, but these effects will quickly fade within a week.
To prevent scarring, we take a gradual approach that spaces out the removal and allows your skin to be almost as if you had never received a tattoo.
The number of treatments you will need to fully remove your tattoo will depend on several factors, including:
- The size of the tattoo
- The ink color
- The depth of the tattoo
- Your skin tone