tattoo removal FAQ

What type of tattoos can we remove?

Professional Tattoos - A professional tattoo is usually comprised of several colours and applied evenly to the layer beneath the skin. Professional tattoos use stronger inks than amateur tattoos.

Amateur Tattoos - The difference between a home tattoo and a professional tattoo is in the depth of the tattoo. If the tattoo has been applied using Indian ink then it will probably be confined to the top layer of skin only and should be easy to remove. But a tattoo applied using a tattoo machine can be applied at different levels beneath the skin which is more problematic to remove.

Cosmetic Tattoos - This is also known as permanent make-up and involves the application of cosmetic pigments into the skin. Most cosmetics tattoos are removable however they are designed to fade naturally over the course of a year or so. Some older cosmetic tattoos have been done witth regular ink. We asses each client’s cosmetic eyebrow tattoos on a case by case basis which depends greatly on the colour and type of cosmetic ink used. A small test patch will need to be done first and have the client return in 7 days for evaluation.

Medical Tattoos - They can be used to indicate if a person has an allergy; as an aid during radiation therapy to prevent damage to non-cancerous areas and as a means of restoring pigment loss to the areola following breast reduction surgery. Medical tattoos can also help to reduce or disguise scars as a result of an accident, illness or injury or be used to convey medical information about the wearer. 
What is the average cost of Tattoo Removal Session?Our starting price is as little as $80 per session for a modest size tattoo and an average of $200 per session for larger ones. Some unique jobs may need custom quoting.  We do not charge based on colour, complexity, density of ink or the location of the tattoo but more on the laser time and the number of visits required. We offer discounts for sessions paid in advanced.
Is Laser removal painful?Pain during the treatment is relative. Scarred clients and those menstruating usually feel stronger pain, while other clients refer such pain to a flick of a hot rubber band. Usually the procedure is over within minutes, sometimes seconds. You may return to work immediately. There is no down time for this procedure. There are options available to you which help with easing the treatment we can discuss at your consultation.
Why do I need a consultation first?Not all people are candidates for laser treatment. It is in your best interest for us to carefully assess your skin type, evaluate your medical history and develop a specific plan for your removal which will be both effective and economical for you. We also offer a test patch for those who we deem appropriate. 
How long does a treatment take?

A treatment can take anywhere between 10 seconds to a few minutes, depending on the scale and complexity of the tattoo we are treating. We recommend you put aside 30 minute for the entire process. Once the treatment is complete we will dress the area and run through your aftercare instructions.

How many treatments are needed?

There are a number of factors to be considered such as the age and quality of the tattoo, the ink colour and density, placement of the tattoo combined with your body’s ability to dispose of the ink will determine the total number of treatments needed.Full removal can take anywhere between 5 - 10 treatments.  If you are treating the tattoo so it can be covered up with a new tattoo, anywhere between 2 - 4 treatments will be sufficient. We will work with you and your tattoo artist to determine how many tattoo removal treatments will be needed.

Can you treat all tattoo colours?

Yes! Black and red inks respond more quickly to laser tattoo removal and require less treatment sessions. Oranges and purples usually respond reasonably well. Green and blue inks are the most difficult to remove however the Tri-Beam laser has an additional wavelength handpiece available to remove these colours with ease.

How long between treatments?

As a general guideline, treatments will be scheduled 6-8 weeks apart. Depending on factors treatments could be up to 12+ weeks apart depending on how quickly your bodies lymphatic system reacts. Each tattoo is unique and every one requires special considerations which will be covered during the initial consult. Treating a tattoo earlier than the advised time does not speed-up the process of laser tattoo removal.

Why fade/remove when I can get a cover up?

Starting with the cleanest canvas possible doesn’t only benefit you, but also your tattoo artist. Fading your old tattoo might cost a little more and it will take a little longer but it allows for many more options on your new tattoo. If you wish to have a cover up we will work with your tattooist to remove or fade only those areas necessary to get the best result for your new ink.

Can I have only part of my tattoo removed?

Yes.  If there is a portion of a tattoo that you would like removed we can target just those areas of your tattoo.

How long until I can remove a new tattoo?

At a minimum, 2-3 months is required before we will start treatment. The skin must be allowed to fully heal, otherwise the chances of scarring are far more likely. During this time, please follow any and all aftercare provided by your tattoo artist to ensure proper healing of your fresh tattoo.

Does it damage the skin or cause scarring?

With our advanced laser system, we are able to target the ink particles with the least amount of skin interaction. Scarring is very rare with tattoo removal but if it does occur then it is usually due to the fact that the client is prone to scarring or has picked at the scabs during the recovery period. A silicon based scar-reduction gel can help to reduce the risks of scarring. If there is scarring created when the tattoo was done, it will stay present once the ink has been removed.