Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs
With the versatility and technology of the new Medlite C6 laser, you have a much better chance of successful tattoo removal without scarring. The overall majority of our patients end up with the successful removal of their tattoos without scarring or skin changes. However, factors such as a dark skin tone, difficult ink colors or unusual components, depth or quantity of the ink, make it impossible to guarantee 100% success in all patients.
The sensation of laser pulses has been described as similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Fortunately, the procedure takes only a short amount of time. For smaller tattoos, the laser is turned on for only seconds, or tenths of seconds. Please ask about our topical anesthetic cream, cooling packs, and local anesthetic injections to reduce any discomfort.
Any laser or dermatologic procedure can potentially leave scars. However, the Medlite C6 laser system, which is specifically designed for the removal of tattoos, has a very low incidence of minor scarring.
Laser procedures can bleach the skin leaving hypopigmentation, or they can darken the skin leaving hyperpigmentation. These changes are most often temporary and fade with time.
Most tattoos require anywhere from 5 to 15 treatments. The exact number of treatments will vary from tattoo to tattoo, and person to person. In general, light-skinned individuals and older tattoos containing darker inks and red inks will require fewer treatments (5-10), while dark-skinned patients and newer tattoos that contain yellow, white or fluorescent inks will require more treatments (10-15). Cover up tattoos will also require more treatments.
Healing usually takes only a few days, but time is needed for the immune system to pick up the broken down particles of ink. Therefore, the treatments are spaced six to eight weeks apart.
For the first 24 hours after the procedure, we ask that you rest, ice, elevate the tattoo, and stay out of the sun. The day after treatment, the tattoo and the surrounding area may be red and swollen, and an antibiotic ointment should be applied to the treated area. If you develop a scab or a blister, we ask that you not pick the scab or burst the blister. The reaction should heal over completely within the next few days. After that, we only ask that you keep the tattoo out of the sun by covering it with clothing or using sunblock.
Yes. In fact, if the purpose of your tattoo removal is to clear your old tattoo so that you can get a new one over it, you should consult with your tattoo artist before and during the fading process. They may only require partial fading of the old tattoo before they add the new one, and thus, you may require less treatments.
Patients who are pregnant, have certain skin or medical disorders, seizures, or are taking certain medications should not have this procedure. However, each case is different. For this reason, we offer a complimentary initial consultation to assess your individual circumstances.
Yes. The Medlite C6 is one of the only lasers on the market that can treat tattoos on dark-skinned individuals. We have had very good results, especially with the removal of dark ink.
We can only remove eyebrows that were tattooed with standard tattoo ink. Most permanent makeup contains iron that will darken with laser and consequently should not be treated. If you are unable to identify or find out the type of ink that was used, we will be willing to try a test spot.