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Tattoo Removals

Frequently Asked Questions


The safest and most effect tattoo removal method today is by a laser that emits fast pulses of light energy to shatter tattoo ink into smaller particles, which is then removed through your immune system, while not damaging the surrounding skin. The laser is calibrated to shatter one colour at a time.

Traditionally, laser tattoo removal was an expensive procedure, with most clinics charging hundreds of dollars per session for an average sized tattoo. Over multiple sessions, the cost was overwhelming. We have simplified and dramatically reduced the pricing in order to connect with more people in need of this service. We believe that laser tattoo removal should not be a luxury procedure and this is why we don’t make you sign contracts or tie you down with packages.

With the appropriate laser and trained professional, the procedure is not only safe, but has the best track record for unharmed or damaged skin. Each patient’s treatment plan is thoroughly assessed, their progress is recorded and managed, and aftercare plans are always followed up with by our laser technician.

The procedure is a painful one as the ink is being shattered in the secondary layer of skin (the dermis). However, with the application of a strong numbing cream, the procedure is more than tolerable since the pain does not linger after the treatment is completed. With the proper application, it can be comparable to getting a tattoo. Unlike a tattoo with a consistent lingering pain, the pain from laser tattoo removal is temporary, leaving only a warm feeling on your skin.

No, once the ink has been shattered, it will remain shattered. Each session will break up more ink particles into smaller granules which will make it easier for your immune system to remove. It can, however, take some time for your immune system to carry the shattered ink particles away.

Alternatives pose unnecessary risks. The technology and research studies behind the Q-switched lasers are decades old making it the gold standard in laser tattoo removal. Alternatives to laser tattoo removal include toxic removal creams and salabrasion which can harm and scar the skin.

There are various types of lasers. The Q-Switched Ruby and Alexandrite lasers are used in laser tattoo removal often, however the Picosure laser is the latest technological advancement for tattoo removal. We use the Medlite C6 Nd:YAG because it’s manufactured in the United States by a trusted company. The laser has an excellent track record for its effectiveness and safe usage on all skin types. The Medlite C6 Nd:YAG laser can produce four wavelengths that are effective in treating black, blue, red, green, yellow, orange and fluorescent inks.

It takes about a week for the treated skin area to heal. After your laser removal treatment session, keep the skin area covered with gauze and plain petroleum jelly (Vaseline). The petroleum jelly helps to seal and protect the skin and allowing it to heal. After this period the skin has typically healed and you can carry on as usual. One important part of the tattoo removal healing process to remember is to avoid direct sun or unwanted darkening of the skin. Using high UV protection is recommended during summer months.

Occasionally the treated skin area can experience collateral damage due to the exploding ink particles. Skin blisters are usually uncommon and don’t cause permanent damage. If the blisters are large, they can be drained using sterile needles at the clinic. We highly recommend you avoid popping blisters yourself.. It’s unnecessary and they will drain on their own during the first week after treatment. Blistering can manifest on some patients whose tattoos are very new, have very dense in ink (cover ups), or people with who are prone to blistering from sunburns.

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