Tattoo Removal in Orange County, CA

The decision to remove a tattoo may not be an easy one. Whether it is for professional purposes, to remove symbols of your past, or to correct an artistic change of heart, there is no one reason that people come to GentleCare Laser Aesthetics for tattoo removal. Some people want their tattoo completely gone, while others prefer to lighten the tattoo with a few treatments in preparation for a cover-up. We make the process of fading or complete removal as safe, painless and as affordable as possible.

 

 

Tattoo Removal Methods

Older methods of tattoo removal involved burning, scraping or cutting out the tattoo. Older lasers work by burning rather than fading tattoos. The resulting scar was frequently worse than the original tattoo. Q-switched lasers are better because they remove the tattoo while minimizing damage to the skin. They work by causing the ink in the skin to “fracture”. These smaller ink particles are then removed by the body’s immune system. The tattoo is faded gradually with each treatment, so multiple treatments are required.

Laser Tattoo Removal Process

Realistic time frame, number and frequency of treatments
Professional tattoos require between 5 and 15 treatments
Amateur tattoos take between 1 and 5 treatments
Tattoo treatments should be every 6-12 weeks for skin types I-III (Caucasian – Asian) and every 8-12 weeks for types IV-VI (Mediterranean, indian – african/african american)
Tattoos will continue to break down and get lighter in between treatments.
New tattoos should not be treated for at least 6 weeks to prevent scarring.

The only tattoo removal laser is a Q-switched Nd:YAG, such as our Quanta Studio. This laser is great for removing black, red, brown, blue and green inks.
During your consultation, we will measure your tattoo so that you can know exactly what the cost per treatment will be. For very large tattoos, such as sleeves, per square inch pricing does not apply, and we will give you a custom price based on the complexity and size of the tattoo.
The discomfort of laser tattoo removal is often described as a “rubber band snapping the skin” but can vary from patient to patient. We do our utmost to minimize any pain or discomfort possible. We use a Zimmer Chiller (cold air blower) to cool the area being treated. We also use high-strength topical numbing cream which is highly effective.
Every tattoo responds differently due to a number of variables. There are variations in ink colors and their chemical compositions, depth and density of ink placement, skin type and individual immune system factors. Predicting how many treatments any particular tattoo will require is an educated guess. However, in general, faded, amateur tattoos that are black can come off in as little as 3 treatments, whereas professional tattoos can take more than a dozen and some are not completely removable. Certain colors, such as yellow, pink and white are difficult to remove.
Tattoo fading is a slow process and depends on participation by your body’s immune system to work. We recommend that you wait at least 4-6 weeks to get the greatest value from each laser treatment.
During laser treatment, your tattoo may turn white briefly. It then swells somewhat and may turn red, but this usually lasts only a few hours. It is important to keep that tattoo covered with ointment and a bandage for the first day. Usually, it feels like a mild sunburn and does not hurt unless rubbed against. Between your treatments, it is important to keep the tattoo covered from the sun to prevent hyperpigmentation (darkening). You will receive detailed instructions during your appointment.
The type of laser used for tattoo removal does not typically leave scars, although there is a small chance of this. You should inform our doctor or physician assistant if you have a tendency to form abnormal scars or keloids.