Answers To Frequently Asked Questions:
Q – Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
A – No, Black and Red inks fade the best. Oranges and Purples usually respond well. Blue, Green and Yellow and White inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can sometimes produce significant fading.
Q – Will the tattoo completely disappear?
A – In most cases, yes. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep, what color or how much was used, makes it impossible for us to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.
Q – How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?
A – On the average, professional tattoos require 4-8 treatments, while amateur tattoos might only require 3-4 treatments. Treatment sessions are usually 4 to 6 weeks apart, or when the treatment area has completely healed. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Rarely, even more than ten treatments may be needed.
Q – How long does the treatment take?
A – Most tattoo removal treatments only take roughly 30 minutes or less. Larger areas can take up to one hour.
Q – Is the process painful?
A – The good news is that getting your tattoo removed is less painful than getting it in the first place. The Revlite laser emits very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band on the skin. The large majority of all patients do not require anesthesia.
Q – What will it look like after the treatment?
A – When the treatment is finished, the tattoo will have a white tint over it, which will only last a few minutes. Sometimes blisters may appear on certain areas where there are particular colors. Using a cool compress will greatly reduce or eliminate blistering or swelling. A bandage for the first 3-4 days would be a good idea to protect the area from germs and bacteria. When the area first heals, you won’t notice much difference, but after a few more weeks the tattoo pigments will start to break up and fade away.
Q – What type of post-treatment care is necessary?
A -Aftercare is very easy. No ointments or creams are necessary. Ice packs or a cold compress will help reduce or eliminate swelling or blistering. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should not be scrubbed aggressively. The area just needs to be kept clean until fully healed with basic showering with soap and water. A cool water rinse helps, too. Pat dry (don’t drag a towel against the area) and the body will take care of the rest.
Q – Will it scar?
A – Not likely. Most do not scar at all, although it is possible. Some skin types scar more easily than others. If you scar easily, you probably already know it and you’ll be at a higher risk. However, at least 95% of people don’t scar and have very successful removals. This is another good reason to give plenty of time between sessions to let the skin settle completely. Near the end of your sessions, when your tattoo is almost gone, sometimes there is what’s called hypo-pigmentation of the skin. This is when not only the tattoo pigment is removed, but the actual skin pigment is removed as well. There is also hyper-pigmentation, which is when the body over compensates and generates and excess of natural pigments in the treated area. This is usually temporary. Normal skin tone will usually return within 12 months. It helps not to tan or spend too much time in the sun for the first year.
Q – Is the tattoo removal permanent?
A – Yes. Although individual results will vary, what goes away does not return when the laser is used to remove a tattoo.
A free consultation with our Certified Laser Specialists will allow you to ask all of your questions and help you to completely understand the process of removing your unwanted tattoo. Call us!
Q – Why do people decide to have tattoos removed?
A – There are as many good reasons to remove a tattoo as there were reasons to get one in the first place. Quite often, as people prepare for a change in their lives, they consider whether their tattoo reflects the person they have become.
Many clients just don’t like the tattoo any longer.
We found there are a general grouping of reasons. You might find your own reason here. We’ve also included actual reasons emailed to us by our clients:
- Remove the name of a former loved one
- Make real estate available for new tattoos
- Assist a career change or job advancement
- Feel comfortable at social events
Regardless of your reason, we can help.
Q – I love this tattoo, but there’s this one part that bugs me. Can I have just a piece of it removed?
A – Yes. The accuracy of the RevLite laser allows us to remove specific areas if needed – such as a name or face.