Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most asked patient questions regarding laser tattoo removal.
Laser tattoo removal is a safe, effective, noninvasive treatment that uses light energy to target unwanted ink in your skin. The ink particles in your skin absorb the light energy, causing them to shatter into smaller fragmented particles that your body naturally flushes out. For more information, visit our laser tattoo removal overview page.
On average, most patients require a minimum of 5 to 10 treatments to achieve complete tattoo removal. Patients interested in fading their tattoo for a cover-up or patients who have an already faded tattoo may require a minimum of 3 to 4 treatments. Regardless, virtually every patient will need more than one treatment for successful removal.
A variety of factors are used to evaluate your tattoo and best determine the number of treatments your unique tattoo will need:
- Tattoo age
- Tattoo location
- Tattoo colors
- Tattoo size
- Ink density
- In depth
- Tattoo type (professional vs. amateur)
- Patient health
A single laser session is rapid and lasts anywhere from a couple of seconds to 15 minutes depending on the size of the unwanted tattoo. The overall removal process from the first laser treatment to the last depends on the number of treatments your unique tattoo requires and how quickly your immune system heals.
All laser sessions are spaced a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks apart to give your skin enough time to heal before undergoing its next treatment. That being said, a patient with an older, faded tattoo that needs 3 treatments may see complete results in 4 months whereas a patient with a fresh, heavily pigmented tattoo may take up to a year. Our Astanza Trinity laser is designed to shatter more ink with each session, speeding up the removal process and decreasing the number of overall treatments needed.
However long it takes to remove your tattoo, the results will be well worth the wait!
Overall, laser tattoo removal is known to be a very tolerable procedure. Majority of patients say the laser feels like a rubber band continuously snapping against the skin while others say it's similar to getting a tattoo applied. Luckily, laser tattoo removal treatments are much faster than tattoo application.
Pensacola Laser Tattoo Removal provides the ultimate skin numbing solution to maximize your skin's comfort before, during, and after each laser session. Click here to learn about our Zimmer Cryo cooling machine.
Laser tattoo removal is an extremely safe and advanced procedure. Other methods of removal like salabrasion, dermabrasion, excision, and more are extremely painful and almost always result in scarring. Laser tattoo removal is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that delivers immaculate results for all patient skin types. Pensacola Laser Tattoo Removal uses the latest, FDA-approved Astanza Trinity laser to ensure our patients receive the best care, treatment, and results.
Patients may experience temporary redness, swelling, itchiness, scabbing, and/or blistering the weeks following a treatment. All of these side effects are natural telling signs that your immune system is removing the ink in your skin. As long as you follow proper aftercare instructions, your skin will heal beautifully.
The cost of each treatment is based on the size of your tattoo. All consultations are complimentary to give you and your laser practitioner time to assess your tattoo and determine the number of treatments you will need. Pensacola Laser Tattoo Removal provides treatment packages that are designed to help you bundle and save on a series of treatments. Visit our pricing page for more information.
One of the reasons why Pensacola Laser Tattoo Removal is the preferred provider for removing unwanted ink is our ability to treat and remove ALL tattoo colors. Our Trinity uses three wavelengths to target the largest variety of ink colors, including resistant green and blue pigments that are untreatable with traditional lasers. No matter your tattoo colors or skin type, our Astanza Trinity can deliver optimal results.
100%! Many patients wish to remove an ex-lover's name or unwanted detail from their tattoo while leaving the surrounding ink unharmed. Our Astanza Trinity uses precise targeting to remove only the parts that you want removed while leaving the rest of your tattoo untouched.
Patients interested in getting a cover-up tattoo can use laser tattoo removal to fade their existing artwork in preparation for a new piece. By fading your tattoo with laser tattoo removal, your tattoo artist will have a cleaner slate to work on, giving you and your artist more flexibility and creativity with your new artwork.