The Tattoo Removal Process
All of our clients receive an in-depth consultation before treatment begins. We understand that the tattoo removal process is not part of most everyday conversations. This is our opportunity to learn about you, and you can ask us questions. We also like to establish your level of research of the procedure to save time during the appointment. This is also the time where our experts evaluate your tattoo.
After our evaluation we recommend a treatment schedule. The number of visits will depend on how much ink, your skin, and the ink colors in the tattoo. We almost always hear the question “does it hurt?” Our answer is this: yes, it does hurt, but the sensation is similar to a rubber band popping on your skin.
Step two is preparing for treatment. Technically speaking, preparation for the removal session includes removing any hair covering the tattoo and cleaning the spot with alcohol. If pain is a concern, we recommend patients use an over-the-counter numbing gel prior to the appointment to reduce the pain. We also ask that you minimize sun exposure and don’t get a spray tan prior to your appointment.
This is the step where we take photos of the tattoo prior to treatment to chart the process. We will also examine your tattoo for scars or bumps prior to any laser application. The last activity in this phase is the test spot with the laser. We do this to gauge how the ink and your skin will react to the laser and get a glimpse at preliminary results.
Avoid Sun Exposure, tanning and spray tans ideally 6 months before your treatment.
Moving on to the most active part in the process, the treatment. Our tattoo removal equipment includes a Rev Light Q Switch that targets the ink particles with minimal damage to the skin.
The individual laser session is usually under a minute (depending on the tattoo), and our specialist applies ice in between laser applications. Most visits take less than 20 minutes from start to finish. But, some removals can take up to 45 minutes per session. You’ll need to wait for six weeks in between treatments to allow your skin to heal and the ink to fade.
In between sessions, and after your final laser treatment, you’re in the recovery phase. Activities in this stage include daily care of keeping the spot under a moisture layer. We often recommend Vaseline on the spot and cover it with a bandage. One thing we ask you not to use is antibiotic ointment on the treated area, because it might cause a reaction. Yes, the treated area can get infected, but proper post-treatment care reduces those risks.
Other recovery recommendations include no swimming, exposing it to hot water or sweat.
There is usually a period where the treated skin will itch and turn red, with the possibility of scabbing. We encourage you to not pick or scratch at the irritated area to reduce the chances of scarring.
Please remember that we want to answer questions and address your concerns