Tattoo Removal

For specific information about your tattoo(s), a consultation is required.
During the consultation the tattoo(s) can be evaluated, all questions can be answered, risks and benefits covered, as well as establishing a price per treatment and approximate number of treatments needed.
Consultations are available Monday through Friday and are by appointment only. For your convenience, we also have appointments available on every other Saturday. Consultations and treatments are done only with the person with the tattoo.

AFTER REVIEWING THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BELOW,
PLEASE CALL 432-219-2270
TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION.

HOW ARE TATTOOS REMOVED?
The Nd: Q-switched YAG laser is the newest and one of the most effective ways to remove tattoos. Earlier methods in tattoo removal involved the use of dermabrasion, salabrasion, surgery and CO2 lasers, but these procedures left behind scars or lighter skin in place of the tattoo.

IS THE PROCESS PAINFUL?
The laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubberband on the skin. The majority of patients do not require anesthesia.

HOW MANY TREATMENT SESSIONS WILL IT TAKE TO REMOVE THE TATTOO?
Professional tattoos may require 1-10 treatments, with the average being 5-10 treatments. Homemade tattoos usually require 1-4 treatments. All treatments are spaced about two months apart or longer. The number of treatments depends on the amount of ink used, the type of ink used, the depth of the ink in the skin, the location of the tattoo, and the patient’s individual health considerations.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Pricing ranges from $150 to $650 as an average per treatment. Payment by cash or credit card only. No checks.

DO ALL COLORS OF INK DISAPPEAR EQUALLY AS WELL?
No, dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade the best. Oranges, yellows, and purples usually respond well. Green, light teal/sky blue, inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce excellent results.

WILL THE TATTOO COMPLETELY DISAPPEAR?
In many cases, yes. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used, makes it difficult to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.

WHAT TYPE OF POST-TREATMENT CARE IS NECESSARY?
A healing ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area. The treated area should be kept clean with continued application of ointment given to you by the health care professional. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should not be scrubbed.