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At a glance: Laser Tattoo Removal

Treatment may also be known as
Pastelle Laser Tattoo Removal
Permanent tattoo removal
How it works
Fragments the ink & excretes
Treatment time
Determined by tattoo size
May feel as if it is sunburned
Permanent reduction to 100% removal
Pain level
Varies per size
Individual results may vary
Must be performed by an experienced provider


How does laser tattoo removal work?

The skin has three layers: the epidermis or outer layer, the dermis or middle layer and the hypodermis or bottom layer. When you get a tattoo, the ink is placed into the dermis. Lasers send energy through the epidermis with enough energy and heat to fragment or break up the ink in the dermis. When the ink is broken or shattered into small enough particles, it is able to penetrate through the hypodermis. Once through hypodermis, it is seen by your body as a foreign object. Macrophages, large cells that remove foreign bodies, encapsulate the ink and it is eliminated  from the body by the lymphatic system. The healthier your immune system, the better the results. Studies have shown that those who exercise regularly and drink large amounts of water see a more positive result. Those who smoke or ingest other toxins tend to need more treatments over a longer period of time.

When assessing the removal process, what are the factors?

There are a number of factors that will determine the duration and ultimate result of the procedure.

These include:

  • The size of the tattoo
  • The location of the tattoo
  • The depth of the ink
  • The density of the ink
  • The colours of the tattoo
  • The type of ink
  • The health of your immune system

How long will each session of laser tattoo removal take?

The removal process is actually very fast, but the time of each session will ultimately be determined on the size of the tattoo being removed. Very large tattoos will be removed in sections, with the time in between sessions, to allow the body to eliminate the ink most efficiently.

How many laser tattoo removal sessions will I need?

On average, it takes 12-15 sessions to remove a tattoo however, this is only an average and it may be more or it may be less, depending on the tattoo and your body. As stated above, the healthier you are (drinking water and exercising, abstain from smoking), the more likely you are to get a good result in a shorter period of time.

Which colours fade the fastest?

Black does seem to fade the fastest and is the first colour we target with the laser. That being said, there are some times when the black also includes greens and purples to make the colour richer (we don’t know this until we begin the process of removing the black). In general, colour tattoos take more treatments that a tattoo which contains only black.

Will my tattoo go away 100%?

There are over 250 different types of tattoo inks, none of which are regulated by FDA. In addition, everybody’s immune system is different. In many cases we can remove a tattoo 100% (though this is not guaranteed). If, for whatever reason it cannot be 100% removed, it will fade. At this point, you could use make- up to cover it up.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Yes. Everyone has a different pain tolerance but it does hurt more than getting the original tattoo. We will ice you before and after to help with the pain.

What is the after-care procedure following a laser tattoo removal?

For some time after the session, the area may feel as if it is sunburned. Ice, on and off, can help with this discomfort. You will be given a full set of after-care instruction when your session is complete.

Can you remove a portion of a tattoo?

Yes. We can cover any areas you wish to keep, only removing what you want removed.

Is there a visible difference after the first laser tattoo removal treatment?

It takes about 2 weeks for the body to absorb the ink. Some people see some difference after the first session, though many do not. It will be working; however it may take a few sessions to start seeing the results.

How long so I have to wait between each treatment?

We recommend 8 weeks. This will allow your body to absorb and eliminate the ink and your skin to rest before the next treatment.

What if I'm tanned?

If the area around your tattoo is tanned, you run the risk of hypo (too little) or hyper (too much) pigmentation. If you come in tanned, you may be asked to wait until your tan has faded before we will do the procedure.

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