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Frequently Asked Questions

How does laser tattoo removal work?

When you get a tattoo, the ink is deposited into the deeper dermis of the skin, located underneath the epidermis. The laser device delivers highly calibrated wavelengths that target specific ink colors in the dermis. It destroys the unwanted pigments, turning them into ultra-fine particles that are eventually flushed out from the body via the lymphatic system as waste. Each session removes ink particles from deeper within the skin, so you need multiple sessions.

Is laser tattoo removal painful?

Most patients describe the sensation of a laser tattoo removal as the feeling of a rubber band being snapped on the skin. Some have compared the sensation to the splash of bacon grease on the skin. You might feel a warming sensation when the laser moves across your skin, but the sensation is tolerable. We use cutting-edge devices with cooling systems that numb the skin before and during the treatment, ensuring minimal discomfort.

Can laser tattoo removal leave scars?

The risk of scarring with laser tattoo removal is less than 5%, especially if you follow the aftercare guidelines accurately. However, the risk of scarring might be higher if you take Accutane, Aspirin, or other blood-thinning medications or if you have a history of keloids. Please follow your service provider’s aftercare guidelines accurately for optimal healing.

What are the recovery guidelines after tattoo removal?

  • The treated area will be covered with a bandage after the treatment.
  • Apply the provided ointment twice a day for 3 days.
  • You may take ibuprofen to minimize discomfort, but not Aspirin.
  • Apply a cool compress to the treated area.
  • Keep the treated area dry for 24 hours to ensure optimal healing.
  • Don’t pick at the scabs.
  • Don’t pop the blisters.
  • Drink lots of water to remain hydrated.
  • Keep the area dry by avoiding excessive sweating.
  • Contact your physician if there’s unusual pain.

How long does a laser tattoo removal session last?

Each session takes 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the tattoo’s size. You will also need multiple sessions spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart because each will target ink particles deeper within the skin.

Will laser tattoo removal eliminate the tattoo completely?

Over 250 types of tattoo inks aren’t regulated by the FDA, so we can’t know exactly which type of tattoo ink you have. Most types of tattoos can be removed completely, but some merely fade away after a few sessions.

Which colors respond the best to laser tattoo removal?

Black tattoos respond to laser tattoo removal faster than colored tattoos.

Laser Tattoo Removal at Skin Renew Day Spa & Laser Center

Skin Renew Day Spa & Laser Center is the leading laser and wellness center specializing in tattoo removal in Indianapolis, IN. We have been helping clients remove unwanted tattoos from specific areas of the body for a decade, and we always stay abreast of the latest developments and techniques to ensure optimal results. Our cosmetic providers will calibrate the laser device according to your unique needs to ensure a smooth recovery. Please schedule an appointment to explore your laser tattoo removal options.

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