Frequently Asked Questions

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Your treating clinician will use state of the art lasers (Cynosure Medlight C6) to direct energy at the ink in your tattoo for a fraction of a second. The laser energy passes harmlessly through the outer layer of your skin to target the tattoo ink directly. The laser fragments the ink into smaller components, which allows your body to absorb the ink and process it naturally.

Can all the colors be removed from my tattoo?

At Dermamed Medical Center we can remove most colors completely. While some colors require more treatments than other colors, even the most challenging colors will usually fade to a point where they're nearly impossible to see.

Will my tattoo be completely gone after my first treatment?

Most tattoos require multiple treatments for full removal. Our clinicians will give you an accurate understanding of how many treatments it will take to remove your tattoo to the fullest extent.

Will I see a change in my tattoo after each treatment?

Because each person and every tattoo is unique, everyone responds to laser tattoo removal treatments differently. Some people notice a distinct visual change with every single treatment, while others people may not see any change for a few treatments. When you follow our clinical staff's advice, you ensure yourself the best results as soon as possible.

Can I come back for treatment sooner than seven weeks?

We recommend a minimum of seven weeks between treatments to give you the best results. Our lasers fragment the ink in your tattoo so that your body's immune system can finish the removal process, and this takes time. When your tattoo is exposed to laser treatments too frequently, the risk of discoloration and scarring increases greatly rather than shortening the time of removal.

Are there limitations after laser tattoo removal treatments?

After treatment you can resume most or your usual activities as long as the treated area is not scratched or rubbed. Practice strict sun avoidance (by covering the treated area when you're in the sun) until your skin has healed. Be sure to follow your treating clinician's instructions, keeping in mind that these instructions may vary from one treatment to another.

Can I have just remove a part of my tattoo?

Of course! Our lasers are extremely accurate. Quite often we remove just part of a tattoo so that you can have it redone correctly and have it look the way it should have to begin with.

Will I have a scar after treatment?

When you follow your clinician's aftercare instructions, the chances of scarring are nearly nonexistent. However if you have any preexisting scarring (for example, if the tattoo artist who initially inked you had a heavy hand and scratched your skin too deeply) those scars will remain as our lasers only remove ink, not scars.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

Pain is a personal thing that is different for each individual. Tattoo removal treatments are uncomfortable, but easily tolerable. They are also completed very quickly. Numbing cream is available at Dermamed Medical Center. In addition, during your treatment we cool your skin with a device specifically designed to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.

What should I do before my tattoo removal treatment?

Shave all hair around the area to be treated. A half hour before treatment apply topical anesthetic. Do not take Aspirin or ibuprofen products.

What should I do after I am treated?

In the first 24 hours:

             • Apply an ice compress periodically.
             • Rest and elevate the area that was treated.
             • Limit unnecessary physical activity including exercise, swimming, steam rooms and saunas.

After 24 hours (and until you are healed):

             • Apply the prescribed cream twice a day to moisturize the area.
             • You can resume all of your normal activities except swimming (unless fully healed).
             • DO NOT POP BLISTERS or pick scabs. You risk infection and scarring if you do this.
             • Avoid the sun and tanning beds while you heal.
             • Wait 7 - 12 weeks between treatments as advised by your treating clinician