You can be out in the sun, but we recommend that you keep the treated area out of the sun in between treatments. You should also use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. We also recommend that you do not swim until the treated area has fully healed.
Unfortunately, we do not provide services to remove permanent make-up. The type of ink used in these cosmetic procedures has a tendency to darken with laser treatment. We would be happy to refer you to a dermatologist who can help you.
If complete tattoo removal is not desired, but simply a lightening for a cover-up, we are happy to work with your tattoo artist. You can expect to have the same number of time in between treatments, but may be able to have fewer depending on your skin type, type of tattoo you have and type of new tattoo you wish to get. Additionally, if you only want part of the tattoo removed, we can do that too.
It is important that after each procedure you follow the after care instructions. If you do so, you have a less than 5% chance of a scar. Your risks are increased with a history of scarring, darker skin or a history of keloid formation. We will discuss all these risks for you during your consultation and will not perform the laser treatment if your risks of scarring are too great.
Yes, laser tattoo removal can be performed on all skin colors and types.
Again, everyone’s skin is different, but you should schedule your sessions at least 6 weeks apart.
There is no one answer as everyone’s skin and tattoos are different. Most patients will need 5 to 15 sessions. In general, older tattoos (more than 10 years) and certain kinds of ink will need fewer treatments. You should notice fading after one or two treatments. Tattoos with more complex colors, especially yellows, blues and greens, will take more treatments and may never be completely removed.
It is fine to shower anytime following the treatment, even when you experience the most redness and blistering. You can let soapy water run over the treated area, but do not scrub it or expose it to water under high pressure. Soaking in a bath tub is not recommended until the area is fully healed.
- Immediately after the laser treatment your skin will appear white. We will apply antibiotic cream to your skin and bandage it with non-stick gauze. Over the next several days, you can expect redness, swelling and some blistering. These blisters are normal and you should not pop them. You should keep them covered and coated with a triple antibiotic cream for 3 days.
- Over the next week or two, the redness and swelling should get better and will be replaced by a scab. Again, it is important that you do not pick the scab as it can lead to infection and scarring. For any pain that occurs, you can use ice packs or take the recommended dose of Tylenol. Aspirin and ibuprofen can cause bruising.
- If you experience itching, you can apply any thick hypo-allergenic cream, such as Aquaphor or an anti-itch cream like Cortisone. If this itching is particularly bothersome to you, or if you are experiencing any discomfort, you will be able to speak with our doctors.
- Additionally, depending on your skin type and wavelength of light used, you may experience hypopigmentation (lightening of […]
The pain of laser tattoo removal is similar to getting a tattoo applied, a stinging and burning sensation. However, the big difference is that removal is achieved in a matter of minutes, not hours. The treated area will be cooled before and during the procedure, which alleviates the pain. In addition, because Inkfree, MD is owned and operated by doctors, we are able to provide prescription strength anesthetic cream for our patients with particularly sensitive skin.