Tattoo-removal lasers work by producing short pulses of intense light that pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin and are selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then targeted by the body’s immune system. Laser treatment of tattoos has become the standard treatment for tattoo removal because they offer a safe, low-risk, effective treatment with minimal side effects.
Which laser does Gainesville Dermatology use?
We use Candela’s Alex TriVantage. This treatment allows us to work on all skin types with any color of tattoo pigment.
How many treatments are needed?
Removing a tattoo with lasers typically ranges from six to twelve treatments at least four weeks apart*. The number of treatments varies depending on the size of the tattoo, the color of the tattoo, and how much ink is within the tattoo.
What should I expect after treatment?
The area treated by the laser may be a little scaly and red for approximately one week after treatment. The degree of remaining color after tattoo laser treatments depends on several factors, including the size and location, the individual’s ability to heal, how the tattoo was applied and how long it has been in place. Typically, tattoo color can be removed 75 to 100 percent.
What should I expect during treatment?
The unfortunate thing about tattoos is that both getting them and having them removed can be uncomfortable. We offer numbing of the area for no additional cost. Typical treatment sessions last 5 to 15 minutes.
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
Cost of laser tattoo removal depends on the size of the tattoo.
*Noticeable changes to appearance may take longer.