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How Tattoo Removal Works

What makes Tattoo Undo Laser Tattoo Removal so unique?

Tattoo Undo’s laser tattoo removal is Southeast Denver’s first and only clinic to specialize in the safe procedure of laser tattoo removal. This is how tattoo removal works. We are specialists when it comes to laser tattoo removal simply because that’s all we do. We use the best laser in the industry, the PicoSure Laser and we use a Q-switched, Nd:Yag Laser that are both designed specifically for tattoo removal. Beware of med spas and skin care centers that offer dozens of procedures, in the same location, they are likely using a laser that isn’t customized for tattoo removal and if used improperly, could lead to much more severe and long-term side effects. Our competitors use a laser with three wavelengths, but our lasers are better, with five wavelengths allowing us to remove all the colors safely.

How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?

Each person is as unique as their tattoo, but most professional tattoos take between 5-10 treatments. Homemade tattoos usually take less. Laser tattoo removal treatments are spaced out 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments on how your tattoo removal will work can depend on a number of factors, such as:

  1. the color of your skin
  2. depth of the ink placed in the skin
  3. location of tattoo on body
  4. colors of ink used
  5. scarring from tattoo needles
  6. tattoo cover-up
  7. health of client

The healthier you are (drinking water and exercising, abstain from smoking), the more likely you are to get a good result in a shorter period of time. Smoking can slow down loss of ink by 70%.

Can I come back earlier than scheduled for the treatments?

Unfortunately no, the time between treatments is set up so your tattoo can heal properly and your body has enough time to flush the tattoo ink out, naturally. The results, after a treatment, are not always immediate. The body breaks down the ink slowly, usually taking weeks to see the full results, from a treatment. This is how tattoo removal works.

Is the process painful?

Yes it can be. Everyone has a different pain tolerance but it does hurt more than getting the original tattoo although the treatment is very fast. We use a Zimmer Cryo Chiller application to keep you as comfortable as possible. We also stand apart from our competition because we offer topical numbing cream included in our price.

How long will each session of treatment take?

The removal process is actually very fast, but the time of each session will ultimately be determined by the size of the tattoo being removed. Very large tattoos might be removed in sections, with time in between sessions, to allow the body to eliminate the ink most efficiently.

Do all the colors of ink respond the same?

No. Blue, green, purple, gray and red inks are the easiest to remove, while deep dark black can take longer and white is the hardest because the laser does not see white.  In rare cases, some tattoos cannot be removed completely and a light outline might remain.

Will the tattoo remove completely?

In most cases, yes. However, complete removal is sometimes a hard thing to predict, due to all the unregulated tattoo inks on the market. The F.D.A. does not regulate tattoo inks and a lot a lot of tattoo ink manufacturers and artists make and mix their own inks. Sometimes these mixes have metals and other foreign additives, for effect. These unknowns are why 100% removal is hard to predict or promise.

*Permanent make-up inks are formulated differently, that’s why the PicoSure technology is best to remove them. We successfully remove eyebrows, but do not remove eyeliner or lipliner.

What do you use for pain?

Knowing how tattoo removal works and what pain can be associated with the process is important. At Tattoo Undo we use a Zimmer Cryo Chiller before, during, and after the short procedure. This is known as the “natural” way to cool the epidermis, bringing the forced air down to -30 degrees. This application along with an over the counter pain medicine, such as Tylenol, is all that we recommend for most people. If necessary or you have a low pain tolerance we are one of the only clinics that offer free topical numbing cream that will minimize the pain even more. The numbing cream needs to be applied 45 minutes before.

How are your lasers different from others for tattoo removal?

Our clinic uses the gold standard in laser tattoo removal, the Cynosure Picosure Laser and the Medlite C6 Q-Switched Nd:Yag laser with four wavelengths. Our competitors use lasers with three or two wavelengths that are not as effective. We use the most advanced lasers available for one main goal: to provide the best tattoo removal results, period.

What are the common side effects of laser tattoo removal?

Side effects that Tattoo Undo patients will likely experience, are short-term but worth mentioning. The skin may get red, swollen, and may blister. Blisters can get quite large and at times, cover the entire tattoo. These blisters are superficial and will heal beautifully, but may be uncomfortable for a couple of days. We provide very clear and easy aftercare instructions, for post-treatment care. Ice after laser can help minimize blistering.

What is the recovery time for a laser tattoo removal treatment?

Knowing the recovery time and how tattoo removal works is important information. Most patients can resume their daily activities immediately following a laser tattoo removal treatment. You will need to avoid exposing the treated area to the sun and strenuous physical activities that may affect the treated area.

What can I expect after a laser tattoo removal treatment?

Immediately after each treatment, the treated area may feel sunburned, and we recommend you apply ice to help with this. The treatment area might be swollen, red and very tender. It is really like a burn. Blisters may form. Do not pick at the skin, let it heal naturally. You will ice it down for the first 24 hours and thereafter for comfort. It might crust up and eventually fall off. In the months ahead your body will dispose of the ink by its normal waste disposal protocol.

What if I have dark skin?

Laser tattoo removal is definitely safe and effective on darker skin types, as long as the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is used. Tattoo Undo only uses the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser for our dark skin removals. The safest tattoo color to treat is black. The Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is safe because the wavelength of this laser (1064 nanometers) is longer than that of the Q-switched Ruby (694 nm) and Alexandrite (755 nm) lasers. The Alexandrite and Ruby lasers are safe for lighter skin types, but carry a risk of pigmentary change in darker skin. It is not safe to use 532 wavelength light on dark skin types.

When will I be able to see the results?

It takes about 2 weeks for the body to absorb the ink. Some people see some difference after the first session, though many do not. It will be working, however, it may take a few sessions to start seeing the results.