Questions and Answers
Does Tattoo removal hurt?
Technology of the past could be quite painful; however, the new technology of Q-Switch lasers has vastly improved the experience. Clients tolerate laser tattoo removal treatments very well and say that the laser treatment feels like being snapped by a rubber band. Some describe the treatment feels similar to getting a tattoo with the advantage of laser tattoo removal being much quicker. Since everyone has a different tolerance, we make every effort on making the treatment as comfortable as possible. We can provide topical numbing agents (lidocaine) to help lessen the discomfort.
What does tattoo removal cost?
YOUR TATTOO IS UNIQUE...AND SO IS THE COST TO REMOVE IT There are many factors involved in determining the price; a person's skin type, how many ink colors,the type of ink used, how many square inches,where it is on the body, and the person's overall health, so it is more complicated than most people think. We do provide FREE consultations. At that time you will be given a cost per treatment and the number of estimated treatments necessary to remove your specific tattoo. Treatments start as low as $100.00
If you are the scientific type, a great guidline to give you a general idea of the number of treatments you may need is linked here -The Kirby-Desai Scale. The number of treatments determined by the Kirby-Desai scale is then multiplied by the square inches of your tattoo and in turn determines the cost to remove your tattoo. You measure a tattoo by adding the length plus the width.
Will my tattoo be removed completely?
Yes, in most cases. Our patients have a greater than 90% success in fading all of their tattoos.However, it is very important to know that over 300 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep, or how much was used, makes it impossible to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.
What Type of post-care treatment is necessary after laser?
The skin site should be left dry for at least 24 hours and cared for like sunburned skin. It is important to drink extra water to speed the flushing of the ink. Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment to avoid scrubbing the area, and abrasive skin cleansers should be avoided. A bandage or patch may help to prevent abrasion of the treated area. You should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun, as this may retard healing. During the course of treatment it is recommended that patients cover the area with a sun block with a level of 30spf or higher. We space treatments 4-6 weeks apart. Your body needs time to heal properly and flush the ink out.