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.