Can you remove part of a tattoo?
We can absolutely remove a portion of a tattoo, or lighten a tattoo. Roughly 50% of our patients come in to have their tattoos lightened in order to get a cover up. Getting your tattoo lightened before receiving your coverup helps the tattoo artist, and allows the patient to be able to choose a tattoo design that they really want. Lightening a tattoo for a coverup generally only requires a few treatments, unless we are lightening a double tattoo or a coverup. These types of tattoos have higher ink density, so they will require more treatments, but can absolutely be treated successfully!

Does tattoo removal hurt?
Tattoo removal is painful. It is more painful than getting a tattoo. The sensation is often described as a rubber band being snapped on your skin repeatedly. It is uncomfortable, but bearable. With that being said, the removal process doesn’t need to be painful. At our office we offer a few options for patient comfort, topical numbing cream, lidocaine injections, and ice packs. You may choose to use any or all of these options depending on your preference. Patients that choose one of these options report that they felt very little sensation to no feeling at all.

Will the laser leave a scar?
It is highly unusual for the laser to scar a patient. Oftentimes the process of getting a tattoo can leave a scar. We like to assess the tattoo beforehand to look for any scarring caused from tattooing. If there is scarring in your tattoo it will make it a little harder to remove the ink from within the scar tissue.

  • Aftercare
  • Poor aftercare is also attributed to scarring after tattoo removal. Right after you have a Piqo4 laser tattoo removal session, we apply Tegaderm (“second skin”) to your tattoo. You must keep this “second skin” on for as long as the tattoo is irritated and or has broken skin. This will protect it from getting dirty or infected. We also place an icepack on the treatment area to soothe the skin.

  • Ice Packs
  • You may reapply ice packs as needed for pain and inflammation. Ice Packs the first 24 hours greatly reduce the risk of blistering after tattoo removal. The first 24 to 48 hours following your treatment we ask that you don’t go into a swimming pool, or sauna, and no vigorous exercise or sweating.

  • Sun Exposure
  • No sunlight on the treated area, and wear sunblock when outside. The treatment area will be irritated after the laser. It is best to keep it covered and or wear sunblock when outside. This will allow your skin to heal properly.

  • Blistering
  • Blistering is common after tattoo removal. If you have broken skin, scabs, or blisters please do not pick at them to prevent scarring. You should also leave the Tegaderm (second skin) on until it falls off to protect the area if your skin is broken or blistered.

    How many treatments to remove my tattoo?
    There are many things to take into account when removing a tattoo:
    – Ink color(s).
    – Is it a layered tattoo, or a coverup?
    – The health of the patient’s immune system.
    – Fitzpatrick skin type.
    – Is the tattoo scarred?
    – Where is the tattoo located on the body?
    – Is it a professional or amateur tattoo?
    – What type of ink was used?
    For more information on these factors please click this link to our blog post about how many treatments it will take to remove a tattoo.This