FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?

Lasers remove tattoos by emitting short pulses of intense light that pass through the top layers of the skin where they are absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This light is harmless to the skin, but causes the tattoo ink to break into small particles. At LaserFocus, we use the most advanced laser technology in the world – called the PicoSure® laser – that removes tattoos faster and with better results. Click here to learn more about it

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REMOVE MY TATTOO?

It depends. Most tattoos require several treatments for effective removal, depending on factors like tattoo size, location, how old the tattoo is, colors, etc. Each treatment takes just a few minutes, and six – eight weeks between treatments is usually necessary to give the body time to absorb the ink particles. Click here to learn more about factors affecting tattoo removal.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

“How much” is impossible to say without seeing the tattoo and the patient.  Some may show a price list but, it is a price per square inch.  Without seeing the tat and density of the ink, the measurement is arbitrary.  Likewise, without knowing the patient history and the location of the tat and the colors in the tat, the price list is misleading.  We will give you a guaranteed price, in writing, during you consult.

CAN ALL OF MY TATTOO BE COMPLETELY REMOVED?

It really depends.  There is a small percentage of situations where the body simply won’t totally clear – although fewer of these situations happen with a PicoSure than with nano technology.  Likewise, some colors are easier to remove than others. The easiest color to remove is black because it absorbs all laser wavelengths, while other colors absorb light selectively, depending on the hue. The most difficult colors to remove are light green, light blue, and teal/turquoise.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PICO TECHNOLOGY AND NANO TECHNOLOGY?

There are two types of lasers for tat removal Nano and Pico, or nano second and pico second.  The basic difference between the two is the speed at which they break up the ink.  Nano technology is the older, slower technology, delivering light pulses at one billionth of a second. That sounds fast until you consider that picosecond technology delivers ultra-short light pulses at  one trillionth of a second , shattering the ink into dust-like particles that are more efficiently absorbed and eliminated through the body’s natural processes.  It doesn’t mater what the brand/model is, if it’s not a PicoSure® it’s not pico technology.

WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE A NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE AFTER EACH TREATMENT?

Everyone responds a little differently, but change is progressive and as the ink is shattered into smaller and smaller pieces the body will absorb it.  Some may have “the big” response to the first treatment, while others will have “the big” response on the second or third.

DO I NEED TO TREAT MY TATTOO REMOVAL AREA SPECIAL AFTER TREATMENT?

Yes. Although you can resume most of your usual activities after treatment, you will need to be careful not to scratch or rub the area. You will also need to practice strict sun avoidance by covering the treated area when you’re out in the sun. Your clinician will go over any restrictions, guidelines, and treatment at time of removal.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO REMOVE JUST PART OF MY TATTOO?

Many people ask about this – often so they can have a tattoo redone differently. Since the PicoSure® laser is extremely accurate, it’s definitely possible to zero in on one area to remove just part.

DOES TATTOO REMOVAL HURT?

As you know, every person tolerates pain differently. That being said, however, tattoo removal using the PicoSure® laser is the least painful method available. In fact, removal treatments are uncomfortable, but easily tolerable.

WILL TATTOO REMOVAL LEAVE A SCAR?

Because the PicoSure® light pulses don’t generate heat, and because the pulses are so fast that only the pigmentation is effected, scarring is much less likely than with the older Q-Switched laser.

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