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Laser Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions
During the consultation, the tattoo(s) can be evaluated, all questions can be answered and risks & benefits discussed. Of course, the price depends on the size and quality of the tattoo(s), as several treatments may be needed.
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How are tattoos removed?
The Cutera Enlighten Laser is both a pico-switched and nano-switched Laser, making it unique in the market. This is the newest & most effective ways to remove tattoos. Earlier methods in tattoo removal involved the use of q-switched lasers, dermabrasion, salabrasion, surgery and C02 lasers, but these procedures left behind scars or lighter skin in place of the tattoo.
How much does the treatment cost?
Fees are determined during your free consultation. Factors determining price are the color of the inks, type of ink, and the depth of a tattoo. High quality, professional tattoos may require more treatments since there is more ink and it reaches deeper in the skin.
How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the tattoo?
Professional tattoos may require 5-10 treatments. Many require less. Some may require more than 12 treatments. Homemade tattoos may require only 3-4 treatments. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin, as well as the location of the tattoo, and individual health considerations. Treatments are spaced 4-8 weeks apart.
Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
No; dark (blue/black) inks and red inks fade best. Oranges, yellows, and purples usually respond well. Green and light teal/sky blue inks are the most difficult to remove, although with the Enlighten lasers we see beautiful results.
Will the tattoo disappear completely?
In many cases, yes. However, it is very important to know that over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, and none of them are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink or how deep or how much was used makes it difficult to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.