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How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Oct 25, 2021 | 0 comments

Did you know that you can get rid of that unwanted tattoo with the help of our Laser Tattoo Removal treatment?

Tattoo Regrets

Tattoos are no longer taboo in this day and age. A lot of people, young and old, get inked as a form of self-expression. It is usually done to commemorate a milestone, honor a loved one, and sometimes, as a result of peer pressure.

According to a survey conducted by Statista in 2021, 26% of Americans aged 18 years and older have a tattoo. And almost half of them regretted getting one.

In the past, getting a tattoo is a major life decision as they were considered permanent and everlasting. Remember one drunk evening when you decided to get inked with friends? Or when you tattooed your ex’s name and thought you’d just have to learn to live with it?

Thanks to modern technology and today’s sophisticated laser equipment, removing a tattoo is now safe and easy.

Tattoo Removal Techniques

There are several ways to remove an unwanted tattoo and while you have many options, it is still recommended that you go for the safest and most effective way.

Salabrasion and Dermabrasion

Salabrasion is the oldest tattoo removal method that is still being practiced by a few today. The outer layer of the skin is removed and then rubbed with salt. The process is repeated until the outer layers of the skin are stripped away. This is considered to be an extremely dangerous tattoo removal technique and may result in very bad scarring.

Dermabrasion, on the other hand, is quite a similar process except that a mechanical instrument is used to sand down the layers of the skin.

These methods are can be incredibly painful and can cause visible and long-term damage to the epidermis.


Surgical excision is another way to remove a tattoo. Excision can be difficult or impossible when removing a large tattoo and may require skin grafts and multiple sessions to stitch the skin together. Since you’ll have to go under the knife in this method, post-treatment effects such as pain, swelling, bruising, and possible postoperative infection can be expected.

Injectable Methods

Injecting a glycolic acid-based solution or other liquid solutions under the skin can help get rid of the tattoo ink. These substances push the outer layer of the skin along with the trapped ink particles. This procedure may result in severe scarring even if the process sounds simple.

Tattoo Removal Cream

Applying a tattoo removal cream may sound like the least expensive and easiest way to remove a tattoo. While it can superficially fade inks in the outer layer of the skin, applying creams with corrosive substances will likely result in irritated and inflamed skin.

Laser Tattoo Removal

The safest and most effective way to remove a tattoo is by laser treatments. Laser light penetrates deep into the skin to permanently demolish ink particles within the cells that give color to the tattoo. Different wavelengths are used to remove tattoos depending on the ink color.

The Benefits of A Laser Tattoo Removal

The benefits of getting a laser tattoo removal are:

  • Fewer treatment sessions

There are several variables such as tattoo location, color, and ink density, that determine the number of treatments required for tattoo removal. Typically, patients only need three (3) to seven (7) treatments to completely remove an unwanted tattoo. Ultimately, the number of sessions will depend on you and your tattoo.

  • Shorter sessions

Laser treatment sessions can last between 10-30 minutes only.

  • Minimal side effects

Unlike other tattoo removal techniques, you can expect little to no scarring or side effects with laser treatments.

  • Safe and effective

Laser tattoo removal is regarded as the safest and most effective way to remove unwanted ink compared to other existing methods today.

What to Expect During Laser Tattoo Removal?

Most people think that tattoo removal is excruciating. Some even say that the pain is comparable, or even worse, than having a tattoo applied. Laser tattoo removal is uncomfortable. It could hurt for most, but it is bearable. Patients have the option to use skin numbing cream to minimize the feeling of discomfort during the procedure.

In general, this is what happens during a laser tattoo removal treatment:

  • You will wear protective eye goggles
  • Your skin’s reaction to laser will be tested to know the most effective energy for the treatment
  • A handpiece will be placed against the surface of your skin and laser light will be activated repeatedly over the tattoo surface

What Are the Side Effects?

There may be temporary side effects after a laser treatment. The most common side effects are:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Scabs
  • Blistering
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation

Some of these are natural as they are part of the immune response that helps eliminate ink from the skin. For as long as proper protocols are used during the treatment, side effects are temporary. Do note, however, that if your tattoo already features scarring prior to the treatment, the scar could remain. Side effects may vary from patient to patient.

What to Expect After Every Session?

The tattoo ink becomes lighter after every laser treatment session. Depending on your tattoo colors and ink used, some colors may fade faster than others. Since side effects are minimal and temporary, you can expect to return to your normal activities not long after a session.


After treatment, a bandage or a patch will be applied to protect the treated area. A topical antibiotic cream or ointment should be applied within a few days from the treatment to prevent infection. It is also advisable to wear loose and comfortable clothes, especially if your clothes rest on your tattoo. Know that the aftercare post-treatment is essential to minimize risks of complications. Make sure to follow the aftercare advice from trusted professionals.

Trust the Experts

Minimize risks and receive real results. Only trust experienced professionals when getting your laser treatment.

Our highly skilled and certified team is experienced in using the latest laser technologies and will answer any questions you have.  Expect a tattoo removal process that is safe, effective, and suited to your specific needs.

Call our Tattoo Removal Experts today at 951-735-5570.  Schedule your free consultation with us so we can develop a plan on how to safely and effectively remove your tattoo. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the laser tattoo removal treatments we offer.


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