FAQ

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Can tattoo eyeliner be removed?

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Yes, tattoo eyeliner may be removed with the laser but you must go to a specialist who is skilled with using corneal shields. Corneal, or occular shields, are devices that are inserted underneath your eyelid, over the globe of your eye to protect your eyes from the laser beam. I recommend you seek a physician specialist who deals routinely with occular shields and performs eyeliner removal with the laser.

 

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I just got a tattoo with dark purple, black, green, a little yellow, and a little teal. Would this be removable?
I am looking into laser removal and the place I would like to go has a Trinity by Astanza which they claim can remove all of the colors in my tattoo. The tattoo is on my ankle and is about the size of my hand. They claim they can completely remove it. Is this true?

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Your colors, dark purple, black, green, yellow, and teal should respond well to the Astanza “Trinity” Q-Switched laser. The “Trinity” has a combination of the Nd:YAG and Ruby lasers. This means you have three wavelengths – 1064nm, 532nm, and 694.3nm – to target different ink colors. The Nd:YAG (Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet crystal) laser produces a1064nm wavelength, which is effective at treating dark tattoos. The 532nm wavelength targets red, orange, and yellow inks. The Ruby (synthetic ruby crystal in the Trinity) produces a 694.3nm wavelength, which removes blue and green colored tattoos.

 

Would covering a colored tattoo with black ink work better than Laser Tattoo Removal?
I’ve had 15 sessions of tattoo removal on my rose but it has only faded. I was wondering if I got a black tattoo over the top would it work better?

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The black ink will definitely cover up the remaining tattoo. For cover ups, the laser is effective in fading the original tattoo enough so that it will not be visible through a new tattoo placed over it. If your goal is to have complete removal, I would check on the type of laser your provider is using. You really need a Q-Switch laser to efficiently break down the tattoo. Some med-spas use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems which use various hand pieces to filter out the wave lengths for certain procedures. These IPL systems will fade a tattoo, but are not as efficient as the Q-Switch laser. Many factors affect how fast a tattoo breaks down: ink density and depth, location, color, and your skin type are a few. If you have had 15 sessions, and the tattoo is still visible, you may need to check into using another provider, if you want the tattoo removed completely. Otherwise, the cover up can be placed safely over the original tattoo site.

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What is the danger of sun exposure after laser tattoo removal?
I had a black ink tattoo removed in three phases via laser tattoo removal. My last treatment was performed in March 2012. I’m planning a vacation after three months of healing. Do I need to keep the treated area covered? What do you recommend?

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Keeping it covered is your best bet, but if you find that the area will be exposed to the sun, use a high SPF sunscreen or, even better, an occlusive block like Zinc Oxide. The reason you need to keep it covered, is that the more tan your skin is, the more risk you have of developing hypo-pigmenting during subsequent treatments. The laser does not differentiate between the darkness of your skin and the tattoo ink, and the laser light pulse will be absorbed into whatever is dark, so if your skin is dark, potentially less energy will be absorbed into the tattoo ink.
In my practice, I find out if my clients will have a busy summer in the sun. If they plan on being outside and exposed to the sun, I just recommend that they take a break during the summer months, and resume tattoo removal treatments in the fall after their skin has paled out. There is no harm in delaying treatments and, in fact, you will more than likely see more fading the longer you wait between laser treatments.
I hope this helps!

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Are there any supplements to increase the effectiveness of tattoo removal?
Will drinking water, vitamin supplements, no alcohol, etc.. help with the removal process?

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I believe that achieving and maintaining a healthy immune system is your best bet to enhancing the effects of laser tattoo removal sessions. Your immune system is really doing all the work anyway, flushing away the particles of ink broken down by the laser. So the more healthy you are the better. I recommend that you consult with your physician or naturopathic physician to explore best options for supplements that will improve overall constitution of your immune system.

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Did 3 lasers treatments, faded significantly, but not gone. Will it ever go away completely w/out surgery?

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It probably will, but keep in mind that most professional tattoos take on the average, between 10-12 sessions to remove. Some will take more sessions, and some will take fewer sessions. Amateur tattoos typically can be removed in about 5 sessions.
There are multiple factors that influence the speed of removal and how completely the tattoo can be removed. Ink quality, location, density of ink, how deep ink is placed in skin, your skin type, etc. I recommend a few more laser sessions, spaced no more frequently than 8 weeks apart. You will find that your tattoo will continue to fade for about 6 months to a year after a session. So if your budget is tight and you are not in a hurry to get the tattoo removed fast, 2-4 sessions a year is ideal. You may safely have sessions every 8 weeks. This is on the conservative side, as most clinics will request you to return every 6 weeks. I find that the longer you wait between sessions the better fading you see. Nonetheless, it still takes multiple sessions to get to removal. Hope this helps.

Why do I still have bumps 5 weeks after my first laser tattoo removal session?
I got my first removal session just over 5 weeks ago. I have black and red ink. There are bumps ranging from small to sort of large clusters (seems swelled) in the red part of the tattoo. It’s not painful, just slightly tender and gets itchy. Ideas?

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It is hard to say without seeing your tattoo. You may be experiencing an allergic reaction to the ointment you are using on your tattoo. I have seen some of my own clients develop an allergic reaction to Neosporin post laser treatment even though they had used the product for years. They developed redness, bumpiness, etc. Sometimes people will develop an allergy to a topical ointment over time. The best thing to do is just stop using the product, keep your area clean with mild cleanser and water, pat dry, and if the bumps persist, I’d recommend seeing your doctor.

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Is Medlite c6 a good laser?
Is Medlite c6 a good laser to remove tattos?

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Yes, the Medlite C6 is an excellent q-switch laser designed for pigment removal.

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3 treatments and faded, but…
I’ve had 3 laser treatments on my tattoo which just has dark blue color. It has been 3 years now and it has faded quite a bit. Will it ever ALL go away or will I carry this “ghost” forever? Would 3 more sessions do it?

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There is no guarantee it will completely fade out, but most professional tattoos need 10-12 sessions to get to removal. If you only have had 3 sessions, you may want to consider getting more treatments. I recommend and 8 week minimum interval between sessions. Most people continue to fade even without treatments, but if your tattoo has stopped fading, additional treatments may help the tattoo break down further.

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Is this ‘brown smudge’ that my tattoo turned into after my third laser removal session temporary? (laser used Q-Switched)
I had my 3 laser tattoo removal session before 2, 5 weeks, but unlike previous times, it hasn’t been healed yet and it looks like a brown smudge. My doctor said that the laser had to go deeper this time so the burning was deeper. I’m scared, is it normal?

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Yes, this “browning” is the normal degradation of black ink. As the ink breaks down, it will appear brownish and spread out a bit under the skin. In?the next few treatments you should see that brown color fade away, leaving your natural skin tone. I recommend waiting at least 8 weeks between treatments; stacking them too close together brings a greater risk of hypopigmentation and other undesirable outcomes.

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Can this be removed?
I got a tattoo about a year ago on the crown of my head. love it, but am having worries about it because I am starting to lose my hair and soon it will not be something that is ‘just for me’. 6″ diameter/very colorful. Money is not a factor.

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Yes, however there may be some risk of hair loss with the q-switch laser. The q-switch laser delivers energy in the epidermal layers of the skin, where the tattoo ink is placed and is not intended to penetrate into the dermis, where the hair follicles are structurally. I recommend finding someone in your area who has experience with tattoo removal and uses q-switched lasers and believe you will be able to have this tattoo safely removed.

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I’ve had 33 treatments. The laser isn’t working, what else can I try?
I’ve had 33 treatments over 5 years on my tattoo at a very good laser center. I know they’re using the best lasers for the job. It’s faded, but it just won’t go away. I’m so frustrated. Is there anything I can try besides the traditional approach?

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Beside the laser, there are other medical treatments you may consider trying:

Surgical excision is a procedure a physician perforns which involves using a scalpel to cut the tattoo from the skin, then close the wound with sutures.

Dermabrasion is a sanding like procedure which removes the upper and middle layers of skin.

Certain types of acids like TCA are also an alternative to laser treatment.

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Matacide was sprayed on tattoo instead of green soap.
If matacide was sprayed on a tattoo accidentally instead of green soap, what can happen?

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You may experience some skin irritation. I trust the tattoo artist washed the chemical from the tattoo after realizing the error.
You shouldn’t lose any color. Just follow the usual tattoo after care instructions. If you find that you have excessive irritation, inflammation, hydrocortisone cream may help soothe the area.

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Can Microderm work to get rid of my scar which was left from having a tattoo removal?
I had a large tattoo removed by laser several years ago and the skin is still quite scarred, with some hyperpigmentation. Could microderm treatments work to correct the skin, or fraxel?

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I recommend consulting with a plastic surgeon for the information.

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How safe and effective is laser tattoo removal?
How safe is is laser tattoo removal? And does it remove the tattoo 100%?

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Laser tattoo removal is an effective and safe method of tattoo removal. Most clients do not develop any complications and get satisfactory results meaning most or all of the ink clears.
There are many factors that impact tattoo removal. A persons skin type, their general health and immune health, age and location of the tattoo, how deep the ink is applied into the skin, post treatment care, and time between sessions are all factors that impact removal.
There are risks associated with the procedure such as hypopigmenting, hyperpigmenting, scaring, incomplete removal of the tattoo, textural changes in the skin, infection, etc.
While there is no guarantee that a person will achieve complete removal, most clients experience significant fading and are satisfied with their results.
There may be a residual shadow following laser removal, but not everyone experiences this.
During your consultation, your health professional should inform you of all the potential outcomes, risks and benefits, and hopefully show you pictures of client outcomes with a similar skin type as yours, so you will have a realistic expectation of how laser tattoo removal may be for you.

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Laser removal turned eyebrows red.
I just had my first laser treatment today on my brown eyebrows. The ink has turned red. Is this going to be permanent or will it fade?

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This is not unusual. You may need several treatments with different laser wavelengths to clear the pigment. I have experienced this with some of my clients, and use the Nd:YAG 532nm to clear red pigments.

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Tattoo removal for military. Is surgery recommended?
Hi, I need a tattoo removed from the base of my neck for the navy. It is about 1 inch by 3.5 inches. Obviously, the quicker the better as it is for the service. I’m leaning towards surgery but want some opinions from professionals. Thank you

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Depending on how soon you want to join the Navy will impact your decision for selecting a tattoo removal procedure.
Surgery is definitely the quickest way to permanently remove your tattoo. However, there will be a surgical scar.
Laser removal will break up the tattoo, creating an immune response which actually clears the ink.
This process takes time.
Generally, professional tattoos take about 10-12 sessions, spaced at 6-8 week intervals depending on the clinic.
I schedule at an 8 week interval because I believe allowing more time between sessions gives the best outcome in skin recovery and minimizes complications.
Potential long term complications with laser removal include hypo or hyper pigmentation, textural changes, and scaring. Also. There is no
Guarantee you will get to complete removal, although most clients do achieve satisfactory outcomes .

So from your note below, the time factor is going to drive your choice of procedure.
Good luck! Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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Fastest option for tattoo removal?
What is the fastest, least expensive option for removing a tattoo? The tattoo is on the underside of my wrist and is about 3/4 in by 2 1/2 in. I am not too worried about scarring but need this done within 1 month for my job. Thank you.

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The one month solution for you would be surgical excision. On the average laser removal of professionally applied tattoos takes 10-12 sessions spaced at 6-8 week intervals.
If you desire laser removal, and because the treatment course is lengthy, you may want to consider covering the tattoo with a product such as Dermablend or use a wide watch or bracelet to hide it as you are going through treatment.
The surgical option can usually be performed in a matter of hours on an outpatient basis with a qualified surgeon.

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I have a new tattoo. I got it about last October and I want it removed. Is it better to do it now or wait? I really don’t want any scaring or left over marks.. what is my best option?

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Newer tattoos are less responsive to laser treatment than older ones, and while the laser will work, it may require more sessions to effectively reduce the tattoo to a desirable level. Other options include surgical removal, medical dermabrasion (both leave some scaring), removal creams (not always effective)or in some cases injecting saline into the tattoo (not widely practiced).
The quickest and most effective option is surgical excision, but it will leave a scar. Laser tattoo removal would me my second recommendation, and this option will require at least 10-12 sessions.

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Will laser removal take scarring away?
I have tattoos that were dug too deep and are now scarred. Does laser removal take the scar away?

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no, the Q-switch laser will remove the ink but will not change the existing raised area. There are other lasers designed to improve the appearance and texture of scars, Pixel or Fractional Types and recommend exploring those options.

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Is it possible to remove Tattoo Eyebrows by Laser Tattoo Removal?
I tattoo my eyebrows three years ago. They were to be brown, but turned out to be ashing in color. I would like to have them removed by laser. How many treatments are needed?

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Yes, in some cases laser tattoo removal is successful on eyebrow tattoos. It depends on the pigment used in the eyebrow tattoos. Some cosmetic pigments will oxidize with the laser treatments, which means it will turn black. I have had good success with eyebrow tattoo removal and have photos I can share with you.
Not everyone is a candidate for this treatment. If you know the origin of the pigment that will help in determining if the laser treatments are right for you.

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How does tattoo removal look on African American skin?
What type of scar is left on African American skin after either regular or laser tattoo removal?

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The greatest risk is hypopigmentation which means ending up with a lighter area where the tattoo was. Depending on how dark your skin is, the laser will bleach out whatever it touches. I have been able to safely remove tattoos from people with darker skin, Skin Types IV-V, but there is always a risk of the pigment oxidizing. ?I will do a test spot initially to see if the laser is appropriate treatment.

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For Tattoo Removal is it done in sections or all at once?
When someone has a tattoo removed do you cover the entire area of ink or is the tattoo removed in sections.

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Most tattoos require multiple laser treatments to achieve removal. On the average, amateur tattoos can mostly be removed in 5 or 6 treatments, professional tattoos take more sessions to achieve removal (6-12 or more).
Depending on the size and location of the tattoo will impact whether all the ink is treated in one session or split into multiple sessions. For example, a tattoo covering a quarter sleeve or more would best be treated in 2 or 3 sessions. Small tattoos can usually be treated in one session. Circumferential tattoos impact treating the tattoo in multiple sessions to avoid the risk of excessive compression of vital tissues related to swelling. These types of tattoos can be safely in 2-3 sessions rotating areas to minimize complications.