Tattoo Removal Questions & Answers

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Removal Eligibility:

Will you remove tattoos from minors?
At Advanced Aesthetics Ink, individuals younger than 18 can be treated with signed consent, and presence of a parent or guardian with proper ID. Under the age of 16 will also require consent from your primary care physician.
Will health insurance cover the treatments?
Not at this time. Fortunately you can count on our competitive prices, package deals and discounts to keep pricing affordable. In addition, our superior equipment ensures less treatments and lower cost.
Can any tattoo be removed?
Most tattoos respond to laser treatments. Some pigments, such as blue/green and purple take longer to remove, but do typically tend to respond given enough treatments.

Part of what separates Advanced Aesthetics Ink is our ability to remove a full spectrum of colors. Many other clinics are not as successful due to older or less advanced technology that restricts removal of certain hues.

Pre-Removal Questions:

Are there any instructions prior to laser tattoo removal?

Yes! You MUST refrain from using Accutane for 6 months and refrain from using topical Retinol, Retin A or vitamin A derivatives on the treated area for 2 months.

Also, keep the tattoo protected from sun exposure with a true zinc based 30 spf. No sun burns, tanning beds or spray tanning for two weeks prior to treatment.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

To some it’s similar to having an elastic snapped on the skin. To others the discomfort of laser tattoo removal is similar to being tattooed with a slight increase in intensity but in a fraction of the time. Where it may have taken hours to get your tattoo, in just seconds to minutes you will have received an entire laser treatment. The size, color and location may have an effect on the sensitivity to the laser. But most, including myself find it to be quite tolerable. The Zimmer cooling system maximizes your comfort during your treatment.

Will it scar?
Thanks to the advancements in technology, training and technique risk of scarring is less than 5%. Hypo-pigmentation may occur with treatment of some colors but does usually resolve within 6-9 months. Following your simple aftercare instructions is a critical part of your laser tattoo removal treatment.
How do you determine how my skin will react to the laser?
We will begin each laser treatment with a small test spot. This way we can determine how your skin will react to the UV light and other effects of the removal treatment.

Post-Treatment Questions:

How long is the healing process after a treatment?
Only three hours after receiving treatment you can remove your bandage. You can expect to see swelling and redness for 24-72 hours and your skin will feel like it has a mild sunburn. You may also experience some itching or scabbing, similar to a new tattoo healing… Do not scratch or pick at the area. You must avoid  UV light, sun/tanning beds during Tattoo removal treatment. A true zinc based 30 spf can be applied after it heals.
How long does the area need to heal in between laser tattoo removal treatments?

We will start your tattoo removal process with 4-6 weeks in between treatments. We will progress to 8 weeks and then up to  to 10 weeks or more between treatments near the end of your process.

We believe that it is most effective to give your body time to digest the ink after each treatment. You are guaranteed better results by taking time off between treatments.

How do I protect the area in between laser treatments?

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