Tattoo Removal Questions & Answers

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Removal Eligibility:

Is any tattoo eligible for removal?

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 due to the equipment we use. Many other clinics are not as successful due to older or less advanced technology that restricts removal of certain hues.

Can tattoos be removed completely?

When done by a professional, using the correct techniques and technology and following proper after care instructions, we can typically remove a tattoo completely with a less than 5% chance of any scarring.

However, be advised that there are some occasional inks that are more difficult to remove than others and very rarely some that can’t be removed entirely. As mentioned in the question above, we use top of the line equipment that is developed specifically to remove the full spectrum of color. (More on this here)

Can you tattoo over a removed tattoo?

Absolutely! However, covering up a removed tattoo should not be done immediately after removal and a period of at least 6 weeks of healing is recommended before getting new ink where your previous tattoo was removed. This time period is also at the discretion of your tattoo artist.

We have a page specifically set up for tattoo artists with more information on cover-ups here.

How many treatment sessions do I need to remove a tattoo? 

This is a common question – and a hard one to answer. Every individual and tattoo is unique. Your skin type, the amount and type of ink used, how your body heals, all are just some of the range of factors that go into estimating the amount of removal sessions.

We absolutely can not estimate (nor can anyone) without sitting down and reviewing all of the removal factors. Luckily we offer a 100% free consultation to do exactly that!

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.


Pre-Removal Questions:

Does laser tattoo removal really work?

Yes! Laser removal is an extremely effective and commonly used method of tattoo removal, and we can say firsthand that we have seen many great results in both removal and cover ups. The process and equipment that are involved in laser removal have also advanced greatly. Learn more about how laser tattoo removal works here. 

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, location, and ink density 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 techniques 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 breaks 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?

View our article on Reminders for Care After Laser Tattoo Removal


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