Frequently Asked Question
What makes Tattoo Removal different?
Our bottom line is striving for the best results possible for you. The kind of results we have been producing since 1999. We care about you and will customize each of your laser treatments. Fewer treatments means saving time and money. Clients that come to us are seeking expertise, quality, and experience that comes from only offering one service. We are not commissioned based.
What is involved in a consultation? Is there a fee?
This is the first step. A consultation is required before any laser treatment, and usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. It involves taking a health history, evaluating the tattoo, explaining the procedure, reviewing risks and benefits, options, answering questions, and establishing the price per treatment. Client must be at least 18 years of age and have photo identification. No children shall be present during treatment or consultations. There is a fee of $50, which may be credited toward the first treatment for qualified candidates, if treatment is done within 30 days from the consultation. If you choose not to have laser treatment the $50 will cover the cost of the consultation, and is nonrefundable.
Question: How are tattoos removed?
Q-switched lasers are used at Tattoo Removal Laser Clinic® and are effective and safe. Earlier methods involved the use of dermabrasion, salibrasion, surgery and C02 lasers, but these methods left behind scarring or lighter skin in place of the tattoo. Also commonly seen on the internet are tattoo removal creams—which do not work.
How much will it cost?
Pricing starts at 5000 per laser treatment an goes up from there, depending on size, location, and several other factors. Discounts for active military, more then one tattoo being treated at a time, referrals, and returning within 3 months from the last treatment are available. Payment by cash, Visa, Mastercard, debit/check cards. Sorry no checks, Discover or American Express. Click here to learn more about our pricing.
Is the process painful?
The laser emits light in very short flashes called pulses. The impact of the pulse is described as a snap of rubber band. We offer injectable or topical numbing so you may feel minimal or no pain at all. Also pain is reduced by using the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling system, a natural way to numb. Remember tattoo removal does not have to hurt and we will take extra time to make sure you are comfortable.
Will I have a scar?
The chance of scarring is less then 5%, if you follow the after care instructions. The risk of scarring can increase for pregnancy, dark skin tone, poor circulation, immune system deficiencies, taking Accutaine, some health conditions, taking certain medications, or having a history of keloids or elevated scarring.
How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?
Each person is unique as their tattoo, but most professional tattoos take 5 to 10+ treatments. Home made tattoos take 1 to 4 treatments. Permanent make-up used in eyebrow tattoos take 1 to 5+ treatments. Fading for a cover-up tattoo will take fewer treatments then a complete removal. Accidental or traumatic tattoos take 1 to 2+ treatments to remove. The number of treatments depends on the amount of ink used, type of ink, depth of ink placed in skin, location, age, colors, and each person’s individual health considerations. Our "fewer treatments is better" approach is our goal for you. Laser sessions are spaced out 6 to 12 weeks apart or longer.
Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
No, but black ink removes the best. Red, orange, pink, and warmer colors respond well. Purple and yellow is variable but usually removes well. Now (since May 2008) we are able to more successfully remove green and teal blue ink. White, flesh tones, and permanent make-up can turn darker with laser, and must be tested before treatment.
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
In many cases, yes. However, it is very important to know that over 100 types of tattoo inks are used today and none of them are regulated by the FDA. Without standardized inks it makes it difficult to predict the degree of removal of any tattoo. If we don't think your tattoo can be removed we will decline treating you.