Laser Tattoo Removal
We first recommend reading all the information below to familiarize yourself with the laser procedure.
On this page you can proceed with your initial evaluation by TWO simple clicks below : First Fill out the Laser Tattoo Questionnaire form then schedule a phone consult. After we receive the Tattoo questionnaire, we will call you during the time frame you have scheduled your 10 minute phone consult and discuss approximate number of treatments, prep, costs, etc:
Click and fill out the following forms below to save you time prior to your initial visit:
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
We use the Medlite laser ( Q-switch Nd:Yag laser) which has multiple wavelengths to target multiple colors. The laser directs energy at the ink in your tattoo for a fraction of a second. The laser energy passes harmlessly through your skin to target the tattoo ink directly. The laser fragments the ink into smaller components, which allows your body to absorb the ink and process it naturally over the next few weeks.
What Colors can be removed from My Tattoo?
We can remove most colors from tattoos. Darker colors such as Black respond easiest, other colors such as reds, orange, yellow, dark blue and brown can also be treated by the laser. Green and Purple tend to be the most resistant colors. While some colors require more treatments than other colors, even the most challenging colors will usually fade to a point where they're nearly impossible to see.
How Many Treatments will it take to remove my Tattoo?
We use the medically recognized Kirby- Desai tattoo removal scale to estimate within 2 treatments the number of sessions you will need. Most tattoos can be removed in 6-12 sessions, spaced apart 6-8 weeks. Some Variables which affect the removal process are:
1) Skin color (we can treat all skin colors)
2) Color(s) of the tattoo
3) Location of the tattoo
4) Amateur or professionally placed tattoos
5) Extent of design
Does The Treatment Hurt?
Tattoo removal treatments are uncomfortable, but easily tolerable. They are also completed very quickly. Numbing cream is prescribed and placed before the session. In addition, during your treatment we cool your skin with a device specifically designed to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. You may also opt for an injectable local anesthesia.
Will I see a change in My Tattoo After Each Treatment ?
Because each person and every tattoo is unique, everyone responds to laser tattoo removal treatments differently. Some colors such as black, may respond immediately with a white/gray frosting. Some people notice a distinct visual change with every single treatment, while others people may not see any change for a few treatments. When you follow our clinical staff's advice, you ensure yourself the best results as soon as possible.
What Can I Expect After Each Session?
In The first 24 hours:
The area may appear white or red, and slight pinpoint bleeding or blister. Apply an ice compress periodically, Rest and elevate the area that was treated, Limit unnecessary physical activity including exercise, swimming, steam rooms and saunas, you will protect the area with a covering. Pictured below is a NORMAL response to Tattoo removal 1 day AFTER a treatment:
After 24 hours (and until you are healed 5-7 days):
You can resume all of your normal activities except swimming (unless fully healed). You will moisturize the area with vasoline or aquafor. DO NOT POP BLISTERS or pick scabs. Avoid the sun and tanning beds while you heal.
What are some Contraindications to Having the Laser Treatments?
You cannot do the treatments if you are: 1) Pregnant or breast feeding 2) Immunocompromised 3) History of Lupus 4) Have permanent make up to be treated 5) Ink Allergy 6) On Gold products ( usually used for arthritis )
What is the cost per session & how to measure a tattoo?
Consults are free and can be done over the phone & email by filling out the following link Laser Tattoo Questionnaire . We can give you an estimate of total treatment numbers needed. Packages of 3 or more sessions are at a discounted price.
Cost is based on sq inches of ink treated. 1 sq inch is approximately the size of a postage stamp. A credit card is 2 x3 sq inches= 6 sq inches. An iphone4 is 2 x 4 sq inches= 8 sq inches total
1” x 2” = $75/session (2 sq inches... 2 postage stamps will cover tattoo)
2”x 2” = $150/session (4 sq inches.... 4 postage stamps will cover tattoo)
3”x 3”= $165/session (9 sq inches.... 9 postage stamps will cover tattoo)
4”x4” = $190/session (16 sq inches)
5”x 5”= $250/session (25 sq inches)
Greater than 25 sq inches quoted on case by case basis
SEE HOW TO MEASURE A TATTOO in SQ INCHES BELOW
WATCH VIDEO OF HOW LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORKS
2311 M St NW suite 402
between 23rd & 24th on M street
Pentagon City Mall: (202) 621-8675
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