Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Tattoo Removal
Q: How many laser tattoo removal sessions will it take to completely remove my tattoo?
A: No one knows for sure! It depends on many factors: 1) Your Skin Type 2) Location of the tattoo 3) Color(s) of the tattoo 4) Amount of Ink in the Tattoo 5) How Deep the Ink is Located 6) Tattoo Layering 7) Age of the Tattoo 8) Type of Ink Used 9) Your Immune System ***If anyone tells you that you need exactly X number of sessions, you should just walk away! They don't know anything about laser tattoo removal.
We can estimate that most amateur tattoos take 1-4 sessions while professional tattoos are removed after 6 to 10 sessions (depending on the factors above), each spaced out roughly every 4 to 6 to 8 weeks.
A: It depends....Laser tattoo removal cost will vary depending on the a) size b) color(s) of the tattoo and c) whether you want to purchase individual treatment sessions or a package of laser sessions. Obviously, if you purchase a package, you will get significant savings. We have the best prices in Orlando and Central Florida. Go here for more information about the tattoo removal cost.
Q: Can you give me a price for tattoo removal over the phone?
A: It is very difficult to give pricing without seeing and measuring the tattoo. That is why we offer a FREE tattoo removal consultation for guests interested in laser tattoo removal. If you're serious about removing your tattoo, please come in for the No Cost - No Obligation Consultation.
Q: Can I get laser tattoo treatments earlier than 4 weeks in between treatments?
A: It is better if you wait at least 4 weeks between treatments. Depending on a few other factors, our doctor may recommend waiting 6 to 8 weeks or even longer.
Q: Will my tattoo be completely gone?
A: After the recommended number of treatments, your tattoo will be 95%-100% faded and removed. Read more about the easiest and hardest colors for laser tattoo removal.
Q: I want to get a cover-up tattoo. Can you lighten my existing tattoo?
A: Some tattoo artists would like to lighten an existing tattoo before they cover-up the area with a new tattoo. Why? Because it will reduce the chance of the colors of the old tattoo coming through the new tattoo. Your old tattoo can be lightened with as few as 4 or less laser sessions. Then you can get a new tattoo put over the old one and no one can see the old tattoo coming through.
Q: What are some complications and adverse effects from laser tattoo removal?
A: In less than 5% of the patients, there may be blistering, scarring, keloid formation, post-operative erythema (redness), edema (swelling), and pain. Some may also experience persistence of the original pattern ("ghosts"), hypo-pigmentation (skin gets lighter in color) or hyper-pigmentation (skin gets darker in color), folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles), and hair loss/thinning. The same complications and risks that exists for traditional surgery also exist for laser surgery: allergic reaction, arrhythmia, pain, numbness, ulceration, fever, and delayed healing.
Q: I just got my tattoo and I hate it. Can I get it removed?
A: No. The new tattoo must be at least 6 weeks (preferably 3 months) before we can start the laser tattoo removal process.
Q: I went to another place and had a few laser sessions already. But they burned/scarred me. Can I now come to your office to continue treatments?
A: Maybe... We can't do anything about the burn/scar- although we can probably help/improve the burn/scar. When the area is scarred or burned, it is much harder successfully remove the tattoo as the laser beam can't go through scar tissue very well. That is why it is important to go with a medical practice that specializes in tattoo removal like Pristine Laser Center in Orlando. Be sure to read about 10 Questions to ask before starting laser treatments and 10 things you should know about MedSpas.
Q: I have an amateur tattoo (tattoo gun machine wasn't used). How many sessions does it take to remove the tattoo?
A: Amateur tattoos can take anywhere between 1-4 laser sessions before they are removed.
Q: I have a blue/green color tattoo. Can you remove those color tattoos?
A: Certain tattoo colors are easier to remove than others. You can read about different tattoo colors and tattoo removal process. Getting rid of blue and green colors requires a special laser wavelength, something that very few offices have. Pristine Laser Center in Orlando is proud to offer you the possibility of removing blue and green colors with our multiple lasers! Update: With our new PicoSure laser, difficult colors such as blue, green, purple, are now removed much more easily. If you have any of those colors, you need the PicoSure laser!
Q: I am darker-skinned. Is tattoo removal safe for me?
A: Laser tattoo removal done by a physician with the correct laser is safe for Hispanics and African- Americans. Unfortunately, we see a few cases of patients who were burned or scarred after going to other "Med Spas". You really have to be careful! Unfortunately, if you have certain color inks and you have darker-colored skin, it is not safe to remove the tattoo.
Q: I have cosmetic tattoos but I don't like it anymore. Can you do tattoo removal on my eyebrows?
A: Yes! We can remove cosmetic tattoos (eyebrows) fairly quickly and very effectively.
Q:Besides laser tattoo removal, what other options do I have for removing my tattoo?
A: You have a few options, some temporary and some permanent. The best permanent option without complications such as scarring or down-time is laser tattoo removal. Here are your other options for tattoo removal.
Q: A friend of mine told me about tattoo removal creams. Do they really work?
A: No! First of all, it does NOT work. Secondly, read the ingredients in those tattoo removal creams. It is something-acid. It may burn or discolor your skin. Every week, we see guest who have tried using tattoo removal creams with burns and discolorations. Do not waste your time and money on these products. Read More About Tattoo Removal Creams
Q: I used a tattoo removal cream and it burned my skin and my tattoo is still there. Can you do anything for it?
A: It depends... We can probably still get rid of the tattoo, but the discoloration on your skin is probably permanent.
Q: I heard of a new technique called the R20 which is supposed to fade the tattoo faster. Do you offer this technique at Pristine Laser Center
A: Yes! We do offer the R20 technique, but not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. When you come in for your consultation or treatment, be sure to ask if the technique can be used on your tattoo.
Q: I am pregnant. Can I get laser tattoo removal?
A: Although there are no reported issues, we do not do laser tattoo removal on anyone who is pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. Please consult with your physician before starting the laser process.
Q: I am breast-feeding my baby. Can I get laser tattoo removal?
A: We do not perform laser tattoo removal on anyone who is breast-feeding their baby.
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Disclaimer: The material presented here is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice or recommendation. Please check with your physician.