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Is laser tattoo removal a good option for me?

If you are looking to fade an existing tattoo or completely remove one altogether, then laser tattoo removal is the best option for you. There are alternative methods for tattoo removal (including creams, injectables, and surgery), but these methods are either ineffective, dangerous, or both. Laser tattoo removal remains the safest and most effective method for removing unwanted ink without scarring.

Tattoo removal is typically a good option for anyone that wants it, but our medical team will consult with you at your first appointment to confirm you are a candidate for laser tattoo removal.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed depends on a variety of factors and is specific to each patient and each tattoo. During your consultation, a tattoo assessment will take place in order to best estimate the number of treatments you will need.

A few variables that affect the speed of removal are:

  • Age of tattoo
  • Depth of ink
  • Density of ink
  • Brightness of colors
  • Location on body
  • Any pre-existing scarring
  • Patient’s health

Most patients need between 3 to 12 treatments to achieve complete removal and see clear, ink-free skin. Treatments are scheduled a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks apart to allow for maximum skin healing and ink fading between each session. Our Astanza Trinity laser is the most powerful solution to colorful tattoos, so you can feel confident that you’re getting the fastest removal possible.

Does the treatment hurt?

Laser tattoo removal is not completely painless, but there are plenty of options to make treatments more comfortable. Most patients compare the sensation of a laser treatment to a rubber band snapping against the skin, or to the sensation of the tattoo being applied. Thankfully, laser tattoo removal is a much faster procedure, with typical treatment times ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo.

During each treatment, you have the option to ice the area before and after being lasered to help keep the skin cool and calm, and to reduce inflammation caused by the laser’s heat. Your nurse will also use our state of the art cryo-machine, which blows freezing cold air over the area during treatment to continue delivering cooling relief. For patients who desire stronger relief, we offer a prescription numbing cream blend designed to deliver more powerful numbing for a truly comfortable treatment. Numbing cream and the cryo-machine can be safely used together for highly effective pain relief.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects of laser tattoo removal are temporary redness, scabbing, blistering, and temporary lightening or darkening of the surrounding skin. Although some of these may sound worrisome, they are perfectly normal and go away over time. In fact, all of these side effects are your body’s natural response to the procedure and are indications that your skin is healing and an effective treatment was performed.

Many patients are most alarmed by the appearance of blisters and scabs and feel the urge to pick or pop them. It is safest to leave blisters intact, but if they are larger than a nickel or become bothersome, it can promote healing to pop them with a sterile lancet. It is important to remember that scabs and blisters are normal responses to the procedure and form in order to protect underlying skin tissue from any damage during the healing process.

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

The overall cost of treatment depends on two variables – the size of your tattoo and the number of treatments needed. Pricing starts at just $79 per session, and our Trinity laser is guaranteed to remove your tattoo in the fewest sessions possible. Our team of laser specialists can discuss specific pricing points for you and your tattoo during your free consultation. We offer competitive pricing and special discounts, so call today to get a free consultation. More info

Can you fade my tattoo for a cover-up?

Yes! Laser tattoo removal is the perfect solution for patients interested in getting a cover-up. A cover-up tattoo is a tattoo that covers up an existing tattoo with a new design. Many people get cover-ups to completely hide the original tattoo or add features to their existing art. Tattoo artists generally have a harder time covering up a tattoo if it is very dark. Laser tattoo removal has proven to make the process much easier and the result much better by fading down the original ink. Our close relationship with Guru Tattoo of San Diego can help connect you with a talented tattoo artist that is experienced in cover-up designs – just ask us for a referral!

Laser tattoo removal is a big decision for your skin.

In order to give you a better understanding about the procedure and our clinic, we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked patient questions. We hope these answers will help you feel comfortable with the procedure and confident in choosing Evolve Tattoo Removal for your tattoo removal needs.