Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

LASERS! A laser is used to break apart the ink particles of the tattoo. Once the ink is broken down, your body’s natural immune system will take over. You can expect to see symptoms similar to splashing grease on yourself. It will redden in parts and blister. The tattoo itself is also likely to turn white and these symptoms usually pass within a few weeks.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments with the laser varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size, and type of tattoo (amateur or professional). The color of the patient’s skin, as well as how deep into the skin the ink goes, will also affect the removal technique. This means that the exact number of treatments required will vary case by case.

Before and after my visit?

Before your fist visit we recommend that you fill out our contact form or speak to one of our staff members.

After your visit we suggest you follow our Aftercare Guidelines.

Is it Safe?

The technology used to remove your tattoo has developed over the years so the risks have been reduced greatly. Possible side effects include:

  • Minimal risk of infection/scarring
  • Skin discoloration
    • The skin may become darker or lighter than the skin around the original tattoo.
  • Blistering in the affected area

Most side-effects are temporary and the skin is able to completely heal after some time.

Is it painful?

This will depend on your personal threshold for pain. Most of our patients say it is around, if not less, than the pain of originally getting the tattoo.

Will I have a scar?

This is one of the most common questions, and a bit of an outdated one. It comes from a time when the technology used was new and very basic. As the technology developed the risk of scarring has been greatly reduced.

Is it covered by my insurance?

Long story short, not likely. Tattoo removal is usually a personal choice and is considered a strictly cosmetic procedure.  Most insurance carriers will not cover the costs of tattoo removal unless it is medically necessary.