Frequently Asked Questions
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Our Trinity laser acts as an assistant to your immune system by breaking up the ink in your skin using advanced wavelength light technology. Once the laser breaks up the ink into small particles, your immune system naturally removes the ink through the lymphatic system. Multiple treatments are needed to achieve significant fading and complete removal. Visit our tattoo removal overview page for more information.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients require 5 to 10 treatments for complete removal. Patients with faded tattoos or those interested in lightening their tattoo for a cover-up may only need 3 to 4 treatments. ExtINKtion uses a variety of factors to assess your tattoo and best determine the number of treatments your unique tattoo will need. These factors include:
• Age of tattoo • Location of tattoo
• Size of tattoo • Patient skin type
• Tattoo colors • Ink density
• Ink depth • Patient health
• Pre-existing scarring
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
Depending on your pain tolerance, laser tattoo removal can feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin or it can feel like getting a tattoo applied all over again. Luckily, laser tattoo removal takes a fraction of the time it takes to get a tattoo. Depending on the size of the tattoo being treated, treatments take as little as 1 to 30 minutes. Furthermore, ExtINKtion at Monique’s Body Art offers skin numbing solutions to alleviate your skin before and after treatment.
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
It’s difficult to assign pricing without assessing a tattoo in person. That is why ExtINKtion offers FREE laser tattoo removal consultations for new and existing clients. During your consultation, we will assess your tattoo and categorize it by size. We will then assign you a price per treatment based on the size of your tattoo. Treatment packages and special discounts are available and designed to save you more.
Are there any complications or side effects of laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal is the safest method for getting rid of an unwanted tattoo. The most common side effects patients may experience are blistering, scabbing, redness, swelling, itchiness, and hypo/hyperpigmentation. All of these side effects are temporary, natural reactions to the laser. Patients are encouraged to apply proper aftercare to their skin after each treatment to promote fast healing and flawless results. ExtINKtion uses the safest protocols to ensure you receive the best care.
I have darker skin, is laser tattoo removal safe for me?
While other clinics may not be able to treat darker skin types, ExtINKtion can! Our Astanza Trinity is specifically engineered to safely treat patients of all skin types, no matter how light or how dark. Our laser uses a special flat top homogenized profile beam for safer energy application on darker skin types, producing better results and reducing risks of adverse side effects.
My tattoo has vibrant green and blue colors that a different laser tattoo removal provider couldn’t remove. Can you remove those?
Certain tattoo colors are easier to remove than others. In fact, contrary to popular belief, black ink is the easiest color to remove by laser. Bright blue and green colors like lime green, turquoise, and teal require a special laser wavelength that few clinics support. Our Astanza Trinity uses three wavelengths, including a special ruby wavelength that specifically targets bright blue and green pigments. Together, these three wavelengths work together to deliver full-spectrum removal across ALL tattoos and ink colors.
I’m interested in getting a cover-up Tattoo. Can you lighten my existing tattoo?
Yes! Laser tattoo removal is very helpful for cover-up tattoos. In most cases, cover-up tattoos require double the amount of ink and twice the size of the desired new artwork in order to completely conceal the original tattoo. These can be difficult for tattoo artists and can also limit the amount of designs you want for your new piece. By lightening a tattoo, your tattoo artist will have more flexibility with their design, and you will have more creative options with your new tattoo.
I love my tattoo but not the name on it. Can you remove a specific part of my tattoo?
Absolutely. Our Trinity laser is very precise and can target specific parts of a tattoo while leaving the surrounding ink intact. Ask about selective tattoo removal at Monique’s Body Art today.