Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Tattoo Removal

May 25th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

WHAT TYPE OF LASER IS USED?

Different colors are absorbed by different wavelengths of light. Make sure the laser can target the specific colors in your tattoo. Soderstrom Skin Institute uses the Q-Switched Nd: YAG (black, blue, red, orange and yellow inks) and the Alexandrite (green inks). These lasers are gold standards in the industry and FDA approved for tattoo removal.

WHO WILL PROVIDE THE TREATMENT?

Laser tattoo removal at Soderstrom Skin Institute will be performed by highly-trained staff and board certified dermatologists.

HOW DOES THE LASER REMOVE THE TATTOO?

The laser penetrates the skin and vaporizes the ink, as a result, pigment in the tattoo is broken up. A scab forms over the treated area and pigment is released through the scab and absorbed by the body’s natural cleansing process.

WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG BETWEEN TREATMENTS?

Time in between treatments is needed so the tattoo can heal and your body has enough time to process and flush the ink from your system naturally. The immune system breaks down the ink slowly, usually taking a few weeks to see the full results from each treatment.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Each patient is unique. The number of treatments will vary depending on several factors including:

  • Amount of ink used by the tattoo artist.
  • Depth of the ink in the skin.
  • Type of ink used.
  • Location of the tattoo on the body.
  • Age of the tattoo.
  • Colors used.

Each session removes approximately 50% of the remaining pigment. Your treatment plan should be discussed during your initial consultation.

WILL THE TATTOO BE COMPLETELY GONE?

There are hundreds of tattoo ink colors, manufacturers and formulas – each tattoo fades at a different rate. For these reasons, it’s difficult to predict 100% removal. Black and red pigments are easier to remove. Light blues and greens are the most difficult. In many cases, more than one laser will be needed to treat a tattoo.

IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?

Every person has a different pain tolerance. Many compare it to the discomfort of getting the original tattoo. It is often compared to a rubber band snapping on your skin. A topical anesthetic is available if needed.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS?

There are risks with any medical procedure. All risks and benefits will be discussed during your initial consultation.

DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF PATIENT RESULTS?

Soderstrom Skin Institute is proud to provide you with photos of our own patients after they have completed our laser tattoo removal program.
View our Before and After Gallery >>

*individual results may vary

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