Laser Tattoo Removal

What is laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal is a medical procedure that uses a high-powered laser to break up the ink particles in a tattoo, allowing the body’s immune system to absorb and eliminate them.


How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser tattoo removal works by using a high-powered laser to break up the ink particles in a tattoo into smaller pieces that can be eliminated by the body’s immune system. The laser emits a beam of light that passes through the skin and targets the tattoo ink.


Different wavelengths of laser light are used to target different colors of tattoo ink. The laser energy is absorbed by the ink particles, causing them to heat up and shatter into tiny fragments. The body’s immune system then recognizes these fragments as foreign and works to eliminate them from the body.


Over time, the treated area will naturally heal and the tattoo will fade. Multiple laser treatments are usually required to achieve complete tattoo removal, with the number of sessions required depending on various factors such as the size, color, and location of the tattoo.


How many laser tattoo removal sessions will I need?

The number of laser tattoo removal sessions needed can vary depending on various factors, such as the size, color, and location of the tattoo, as well as the type of laser being used and the individual’s skin type and immune system.


In general, most tattoos require multiple laser sessions to completely remove them. Typically, it takes a minimum of 6 sessions to completely remove a tattoo. However, some tattoos may require more  sessions, depending on the factors mentioned above.


It’s important to note that laser tattoo removal sessions should be spaced out over several weeks or months to allow the skin to heal and to prevent scarring or other complications.


Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Laser tattoo removal can be uncomfortable and may cause some pain, but the level of discomfort varies from person to person. Some people describe the sensation as feeling like a rubber band snapping against the skin, while others report a stinging or burning sensation.


The amount of pain or discomfort experienced during laser tattoo removal can depend on several factors, such as the individual’s pain tolerance, the size and location of the tattoo, and the type and intensity of laser used. Generally, larger tattoos and tattoos on sensitive areas of the body such as the feet, hands, or face can be more painful to remove.


However, there are measures that can be taken to minimize discomfort during tattoo laser removal. For instance, numbing cream or local anesthesia can be applied to the treatment area before the procedure to help manage pain. Cooling devices can also be used during the treatment to help reduce discomfort and swelling.


Does laser tattoo removal leave a scar?

Tattoo laser removal can potentially cause scarring, although the risk of scarring is generally low when the procedure is performed by a licensed and experienced professional using appropriate techniques.


Scarring may occur if the laser is set too high or if the treated area becomes infected during the healing process. Scarring is also more likely to occur in individuals with a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring.


To reduce the risk of scarring, it’s important to follow all aftercare instructions provided by the professional performing the procedure, such as keeping the treated area clean and avoiding exposure to sunlight or other sources of UV radiation. It’s also important to avoid picking at scabs or blisters that may form after the treatment.


If scarring does occur, there are treatments available to help reduce its appearance, such as corticosteroid injections, laser resurfacing, or dermal fillers.


How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

The cost of laser tattoo removal can vary depending on several factors, such as the size and location of the tattoo, the number of sessions required to remove the tattoo completely, the type of laser used, and the experience and credentials of the provider.


On average, the cost of laser tattoo removal can range from $100 to $500 per session. However, it’s important to keep in mind that multiple sessions are typically required to achieve complete tattoo removal.


It’s also worth noting that laser tattoo removal is usually not covered by insurance, as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, some providers may offer financing options or payment plans to help make the procedure more affordable.


Laser tattoo removal before and after photo

Laser Tattoo Removal




* Before & Immediately After First Treatment
* Q-Switched YAG/KTP Laser
* Will take 5-6 treatments to remove tattoo.
* Treatments are 8 weeks apart.
* Black inks respond best.


Laser tattoo removal near me

Dr. DeConti has extensive training and certifications in multiple laser systems.  He is an expert in laser tattoo removal and has performed thousands of laser tattoo procedures.


As a highly credentialed plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, he is an expert in the intimate details of laser medicine and surgery. This knowledge allows Dr. DeConti and his staff to perform all laser procedures accurately and effectively for the finest and most optimum results with the least amount of risk.


To learn more about the benefits of laser tattoo removal and laser hair removal call 804 673-8000 and schedule a consultation at DeConti Plastic Surgery today.


Learn More:

Mayo Clinic: Laser Tattoo Removal

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Laser Tattoo Removal

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