TATTOO REMOVAL FAQ

Frequently Asked Tattoo Removal Questions

NON-LASER TATTOO REMOVAL Q&A

How does Tattoo Vanish® Work?

We apply a local anesthetic before and during the procedure, using the tattoo machine in a similar manner as when the tattoo was received. Once the area has been exposed, we apply the Ink Eraser for a few minutes. The area is then wiped clean and bandaged. You will be furnished with written After Care Instructions to ensure the treatment’s effectiveness and your full recovery.

How does the Deracination Serum Work?

The UNDO removal system contains all natural active ingredients such as bentonite as well as aloe leaf extract and hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, the deracination serum is designed to “wake up” the dormant ink in the skin and pull it to the surface, while simultaneously hydrating the skin from beneath and improves elasticity in order for it to heal cleaner with minimal scar tissue.

What is in the Treatment Masks?

The UNDO Lifting Clay mask has a unique composition and can act as a magnet that attracts negatively charged toxins as well as any additional ink brought to the surface during the Deracination process. People have been using calcium bentonite clay for centuries as a way to detoxify the body and improve skin tone.  The Healing Microcurrent masks include Tissue X™ technology which is the world’s first TDDS (Transdermal Drug Delivery System) which conveniently delivers the benefits of iontophoresis treatments to the skin, as used by many dermatologists. Using Tissue X™ technology our healing microcurrent masks deliver the active ingredients and macromolecule healing compounds, such as hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamins into deeper layers of the skin.

How Quick are Results?

There are a variety of tattooing methods used by tattoo artists all over the world. The type of ink used, age, size and number of cover ups will determine how long it takes to see results. Because of this, we offers FREE consultations.

 

In general our non-laser tattoo removal could reduce treatments from 50 to 75 percent compared to other methods, including LASER. There may be some lightening of the ink after just one treatment.

How Much Does Tattoo Removal Cost?

In general, it costs about ten times as much to get a tattoo removed as it costs to have it applied. Our non-laser pricing is based on the size of your tattoo. The starting price is $187 for 1″x1″ and goes up to $327 for 4″x4″ (16 sq. inches) If you get a package of 3, you can save 15% and a package of 5 can save you 25%.  Our laser tattoo removal cost is a $250 FLAT FEE pricing for tattoos up to 5″x5″, unlike non-laser tattoo removal pricing.

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL Q&A

How does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

The first laser tattoo removal session happened in 1967, when Dr. Leon Goldman used an ND: YAG laser and a 694 Ruby laser to get rid of a client’s body art. Since then, laser has become mainstream for tattoo removal.
A tattoo is basically ink that is trapped in the deepest layer of the skin. When laser light is applied to the skin, it shatters the ink that it first reaches. The shallowest layers of ink are removed before the deepest layers. It takes multiple sessions to penetrate all the varying depths of ink in a tattoo. A darker deeper tattoo will take more sessions than shaded tattoos with a lower density of ink.

Which is better Q-Switched or Picosecond for Tattoo Removal?

The Q-Switched and Picosecond lasers have become the safest and most effective methods of tattoo removal. With higher success rates, and an ability to accurately remove unwanted ink without damaging surrounding skin.

A Picosecond laser operates at one trillionth of a second, and has a pulse width that is 100 times faster than that of the Q-Switched laser.

The Q-Switched laser uses a technique that is highly intense, yet ultra-short in pulse durations. Q-Switch lasers operate in nanoseconds, which is equal to one billionth of a second.

Both machines are fast, and extremely popular when it comes to laser tattoo removal. Both are considered the ‘Gold Standard’ of tattoo removal by health professionals.

How Many Treatments are Needed?

The number of treatments depends on the client and their tattoo. There are a number of factors that will dictate this, including your health, the depth of the ink, which type of ink was used and the size of the tattoo. Laser tattoo removal on average takes 8-10 sessions. Sessions to do the same tattoo area is 6 weeks. To do a different area it is 2 weeks in between sessions. It’s not unusual to take over a year to completely remove the tattoo.

The Kirby-Desai Scale (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2923953/) is a popular and well-regarded tool for analyzing the number of treatments a tattoo will need for removal. The scale accounts for the following factors that affect the rate of removal:

  • Fitzpatrick skin type
  • Tattoo layering (if the tattoo is a cover-up)
  • Location on the body
  • Ink colors
  • Amount of ink (vividness of tattoo, if it was professionally applied)
  • Pre-existing scarring

The Kirby-Desai scale was published in 2009, and technology has improved since then to remove tattoos, but it continues to be an excellent tool for assessing where a patient stands on the bell curve. There are also other factors, such as patient health, that affect the speed of removal. If a patient is young, physically fit, and has a strong immune system, they will tend to see results faster than an older, obese patient with health problems.

Are Appointments Necessary?

Yes, but the consultation is FREE. Appointments are necessary so that the technician can thoroughly explain the process and gather necessary client history. Appointments also help us give a more accurate procedure quote. The procedure may be performed the same day as the consultation if all expectations have been met. Call or book online to schedule a FREE consultation today!

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Leave Scars?

It is rare for patients to develop scarring after tattoo removal, but there is a small chance. If you are prone to develop keloids for example, then that could occur. PicoSure laser tattoo removal is a safe procedure that has been around since 2012. If proper aftercare protocols are followed post treatment, then you should not experience any scarring after each treatment. Picking scabs or not caring properly for blisters can allow scarring to happen post-treatment.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Laser tattoo removal is painful but quick. The average treatment takes only 5-10 minutes.  To minimize the pain, we apply a numbing cream 15-20 minutes prior to the laser treatment.

Can Laser Remove Tattoo Completely?

Laser removal can completely remove your tattoo, but it takes time. On average it takes about 8-10 sessions to completely remove a tattoo. There is a 6 to 8 week healing period between sessions, so you are looking at 48 to 80 weeks for complete laser tattoo removal.  Some tattoos can be removed in as little as 1 or 2 treatments.

Is Red Tattoo Ink Easy To Remove?

Yes, our PicoSure laser tattoo removal can remove most colours including red. Only PicoSure’s 755/532 wavelengths treat ALL colours. Black and green tattoos are easiest to remove. The 532 nm wavelength the most effective wavelength for red ink and other warm-toned colours.

How many Treatments are Needed?

There are a number of factors that will dictate this, including your health, the depth of the ink, which type of ink was used and the size of the tattoo. Smaller tattoos may require only one to three treatments.  On average it takes 8-10 sessions to remove a tattoo.  Some tattoos however, have been removed in 1 or 2 sessions.

Are Appointments Necessary?

Yes, but the consultation is FREE. Appointments are necessary so that the technician can thoroughly explain the process and gather necessary client history. Appointments also help us give a more accurate procedure quote. The procedure may be performed the same day as the consultation if all expectations have been met. Call to schedule a FREE consultation today!

You may also fill out our online assessment form and send us your tattoo photo to give us an idea of your tattoo.

PicoSure® Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?

We offer a FLAT RATE PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Pricing.  For tattoos up to 5″x5″ our flat fee is only $250 per session.  If you get a package of 3, you  will receive a 10% discount. With a package of 5, you will get a 15% discount. And with a package of 8, you will get a 25% discount.

OTHER TATTOO REMOVAL Q&A

Does Tattoo Removal Cream Work?

Yes and No. If you were just to purchase a tattoo removal cream and try to remove your tattoo with it, it won’t work. We at Tattoo Removal Clinic specialize in both laser and non-laser tattoo removal methods. With the non-laser tattoo removal method a cream called Tattoo Vanish Ink Eraser is put on the tattoo AFTER we go over the tattoo with a tattoo machine to get to the ink. Without getting to the ink, the removal process won’t work.

How To Remove a Henna Tattoo?

A henna tattoo is a temporary body art that involves drawing designs on the skin using a henna based ink. Henna is a plant found in India, the Middle East, and North Africa. A henna tattoo normally lasts about two weeks before it starts to fade. If you’d like to remove it faster, use a silicone-based makeup remover to get rid of henna dye. A cotton swab or Q-tip should be used to fully saturate your henna tattoo and then remove the makeup remover with a dry cloth. You may need to repeat this a couple of times.

How To Remove Temporary Tattoos?

Unlike ink tattoos, temporary tattoos are easy to remove. Several method can be used to remove a temporary tattoo such as olive oil, baby oil, nail polish remover, and rubbing alcohol.

How to Remove Tattoo at Home?

We do not recommend you try to remove your tattoo at home. Let a professional clinic like us that specializes in tattoo removal do it. Using home remedies can result in infection, hyper or hypo pigmentation, or scarring if done incorrectly at home.

Can You Get Laser Hair Removal Over A Tattoo?

Laser hair removal machines are not the same as laser tattoo removal machines. You should not do laser hair removal over a tattoo. Serious burns can occur if a laser hair removal machine hits a tattoo.

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