Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions
How are tattoos removed? Q-Switched Nd:YAG & PicoSure lasers are used to target the pigment in tattoo ink that resides below the skins surface and fragment it into small pieces. Your body’s immune system will then absorb, break down and dispose of the ink. Topical tattoo removal creams sold over the counter are extremely ineffective at removing tattoos. no clinical study to date has shown they actually work.
How much will laser tattoo removal cost? Please refer to this page.
I just got tattooed and hate it, when can I start removal? At a minimum, 3 months is required before we will start treatment. During this time, please follow any and all aftercare provided by your tattoo artist to ensure proper healing of your fresh tattoo. Additionally, we’ve created this blog entry to help answer the question a bit more in depth.
Is laser tattoo removal painful? Each person perceives pain differently, so there is no definitive answer. There will be some mild discomfort that is often associated with a hot rubber band being snapped on the skin. Within minutes of the procedure being finished, most clients report little to no discomfort at all.
How many treatments are needed? The age, location and quality of the tattoo and colors used, combined with your body’s ability to dispose of the ink will determine the total number of treatments needed. For complete* tattoo removal, an average of 10-12 laser tattoo removal treatments will be needed, however every person and tattoo is unique and some might require more while others require less. For tattoos that will be covered up, an average of 2-5 laser tattoo removal treatments will be needed, depending on the size and pigment density of your current piece, the desired cover-up tattoo and how comfortable your artists is doing the new tattoo. We will work with you and your tattoo artist to determine how many tattoo removal treatments will be needed. Homemade tattoos often require as little as 4 laser tattoo removal treatments to completely remove, however each tattoo on each person is unique and there will be some variance.
How long do I have to wait between treatments? Each tattoo is unique and every one requires special considerations which will be covered during the initial consult. As a general guideline treatments will be scheduled 8 weeks apart initially. Depending on factors such as pigment saturation, skin type and tattoos that are cover-ups (one tattoo over another), treatments could be 12-24+ weeks apart.
Will my tattoo be completely removed? In most cases 90-95% pigment eradication can be reached, meaning most people wouldn’t know you ever had a tattoo. There are no FDA regulations on tattoo ink and several hundred different colors, manufactures and formulas so each tattoo fades at a different rate. Some colors may require more treatments to remove. There is also a possibility that a small amount of pigment may remain in the skin, typically we call this ghosting and for most clients, this is acceptable to be considered a removed tattoo.
What if I only want to lighten my tattoo / get it covered? Choosing to have your tattoo lightened prior to a cover up will result in a much better quality final tattoo, and is often suggested by tattoo artists. We can stop treatments when your tattoo artists is happy with the results and confident they can give you the tattoo you desire. We have a gallery containing photos of faded tattoos that were then covered to visually show you what’s possible after a few laser tattoo removal treatments.
Will there be any scarring? The chances of scaring are very low, however it is possible if the aftercare instructions are not followed. There is a slight possibility of hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation, which will be covered during your initial consultation. Preexisting scars present prior to laser tattoo removal will still be there after treatments, only the inks will be targeted and effected.
How long do tattoo removal treatments take? For most tattoos, between 30 seconds and a few minutes. We’ve put together dozens of videos to show just how fast each treatment is. Office visits are booked on the hour to allow for enough time to do an initial consultation, complete a treatment and thoroughly cover aftercare.
Will I see changes after each treatment? Because of the inconsistency in tattoo ink and each client being different, you may not see a change after each session, although most clients will see immediate change after the very first treatment. It is not uncommon for the tattoo to become darker and more bold within the first 72 hours of treatment, then to start showing signs of fading 14-21 days later. We photograph and record each tattoo prior to treatment so we can plot progress for you.
What should I do before my treatment? Wash and clean the skin, shave any hair the night before and avoid any lotions or body glitter prior to treatment. When you come into the office, wear comfortable clothing so we can easily access the tattoo, bring a change of clothing if necessary to give better access to the tattoo. Please avoid alcohol consumption the night before a treatment, drink plenty of water leading up to the appointment and eat a few hours prior, too.
What’s involved with aftercare? Complete aftercare will be given at the time of removal, including a take home care sheet. We currently recommend Redemption Aftercare, which is available in our office.
What are your hours? We book by appointment only, 7 days a week. Online booking is available and shows all available appointments.
What is the cancellation policy? To cancel or reschedule an appointment we require a minimum of 48-hours notice or a fee may be imposed per our cancellation policy. Exceptions are made for sickness, family emergencies and transportation issues (car has a flat tire on the way to appointment, an accident shuts down a highway, etc.).
Affordable Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal costs just $200 per treatment at GO! Tattoo removal. We don't charge per square inch, per local, location on the body and can even treat two or three smaller tattoos at one office visit, for no added cost.
Additionally, discounts for pre-paying multiple laser tattoo removal treatments are offered. No need to send in a photo of the tattoo you want faded or removed, either.
Our pricing has always been published online, too. Don't live with tattoos you don't love. GO! Tattoo Removal can fade what you have so a tattoo artist can do a proper cover up without any compromise. We can also offer full tattoo removal*, too.
We use the a proven treatment method combined with the PicoSure laser for maximum tattoo removal results.
News, Specials & More
- 1011 Brookside Rd. Suite 205, Allentown, PA 18106
Removing a visible tattoo has made my transition to a new career much easier, thank you. — Jackie
...to be having the tattoos lightened on my chest to make room for new, better tattoos! — Matt
Had a lot of fun in college and while there are no regrets, I'm happier now just having my sorority association on a resume, not my skin. — Amanda