Tattoo Removal FAQ

How Large An Area Can Be Treated?

Do not treat an area larger than 3″x3″ at any one time.  That is, if you are treating more than one tattoo or are treating a very large tattoo, limit your treatment area to no more than a 3″x3″ total area per day.

What should I expect after the treatment?

You should expect the area to be tender and red and for the skin to be dry and flakey for the next two weeks. You should keep the area out of the sun and out of chlorinated water.

Are Tattoos Easy To Remove?

Tattoos were meant to be permanent and there is no reason to expect a tattoo removal to be fast, easy or without some discomfort.

Tattoo removal creams that claim to be able to remove a tattoo by simply rubbing cream on a tattoo once or twice a day are purposely deceptive.

Anyone who has a tattoo knows they experienced some discomfort when the tattoo was planted in their skin. It stands to reason that there will be some discomfort during the tattoo removal process. We advise staying away from companies who use deceptive advertising practices when describing how their product works.
Most Dermatologic surgeons advise that complete tattoo removal is quite difficult because, as we all know, tattoos are meant to be permanent and removing them is not easy, regardless of the method used.

The process of creating a tattoo involves thousands of tiny puncture wounds through which the ink is injected into the skin. The tattoo process itself creates scarring in the skin. Dermatologists consider a tattoo to be a scar filled with ink. Once the ink is removed the scar remains. The amount of scarring depends on the skill and experience of the tattoo artist  that gave you the tattoo.

Is My Skin Type a Good Candidate for tattoo removal?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Dermatology recognize six skin-type categories. If you have the Skin-types V or VI listed below you have a greater chance of experiencing hypo-pigmentation as a result of using a skin peel for tattoo removal.

The Fitzpatrick Skin Types Chart

Skin Types Sun, Example, History
I Always burns easily, never tans, extremely sensitive skin, Red-headed, freckled,
Celtic, Irish-Scots
II Always burns easily, tans minimally, very sensitive skin
Fair-skinned, fair-haired, blue-eyed Caucasians
III Sometimes burns, tans gradually to light brown, sun-sensitive skin
Average-skinned Caucasians, light-skinned Asians or Hispanics
IV Burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown, minimally sun-sensitive
Mediterranean-type Caucasians, light skinned African Americans.
V Rarely burns, tans well, sun-insensitive skin
Middle Easterners, some Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians
VI Never burns, deeply pigmented, sun-insensitive skin
African-Americans

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Lasers produce short pulses of intense light that pass through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body’s immune system.

In order to break apart the ink the laser super heats the pigment and reaches temperatures as high as 1650 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme heat is responsible for the pain associated with laser tattoo removal.  Human skin contains a lot of water so when the pigment heats and expands, the water in the skin surrounding the ink basically boils off and creates blisters. It is sometimes described as feeling like drops of hot bacon grease on the skin or being rapidly popped by a rubber band over and over again. That is why Lasers hurt more than getting the original tattoo.

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