Tattoo Removal

In today’s culture’s tattoos can have many meanings. To the individual getting the tattoo it symbolizes something significant in their life at that time. As is usually the case our lives change and the significance for the tattoo losses its value. Worse yet that specific tattoo can be keeping you from being successful in your professional life.

What is involved in a consultation?
This is the first step. A consultation is required before any laser treatment, and usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. It involves taking a health history, evaluating the tattoo, explaining the procedure, reviewing risks and benefits, options, answering questions, and establishing the price per treatment. Client must be at least 18 years of age and have photo identification. No children shall be present during treatment or consultations.

Is there a fee for the consultation?
There is a fee of $50, which may be credited toward the first treatment for qualified candidates, if treatment is done within 30 days from the consultation. If you choose not to have laser treatment the $50 will cover the cost of the consultation, and is nonrefundable.

How are tattoos removed?
Q-switched lasers are used at de V.I.N.E. Lasers  and are effective and safe. Earlier methods involved the use of dermabrasion, salibrasion, surgery and C02 lasers, but these methods left behind scarring or lighter skin in place of the tattoo. Also commonly seen on the internet are tattoo removal creams—which do not work.

Is the process painful?
The laser emits light in very short flashes called pulses. The impact of the pulse is described as a good snap of rubber band. We use a ice pack as a natural way to numb. Remember tattoo removal does not have to hurt and we will take extra time to make sure you are comfortable.

Will I have a scar?
The chance of scarring is less then 5%, if you follow the after care instructions. The risk of scarring can increase for pregnancy, dark skin tone, poor circulation, immune system deficiencies, taking Accutaine, some health conditions, taking certain medications, or having a history of keloids or elevated scarring.

How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?
Each person is unique as their tattoo, it will be up to your own body, to clear the ink that we break up, via the lymphatic system so drink lots of water before & and after your treatment.  Laser sessions are spaced out 6 to 12 weeks apart or longer. The number of treatments depends on the amount of ink used, type of ink, depth of ink placed in skin, location, age, colors, and each person’s individual health considerations.

Do all colors of ink disappear equally as well?
No, but black ink removes the best. Red, orange, pink, and warmer colors respond well. Purple and yellow is variable but usually removes well. Now (since May 2008) we are able to more successfully remove green and teal blue ink. White, flesh tones, and permanent make-up can turn darker with laser, and must be tested before treatment.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?
In many cases, yes. However, it is very important to know that over 100 types of tattoo inks are used today and none of them are regulated by the FDA. Without standardized inks it makes it difficult to predict the degree of removal of any tattoo.

What type of after care is necessary?
SEE our Pre & Post care tab. A healing ointment and a bandage will be applied to the area. The treated site should be kept clean and dry that day, and out of the sun. A shower can be taken the next day, and the site should not be scrubbed. Each client will need to purchase a  take home kit.

How much will it cost?
Prices ranges from $0.00 [Cancer radiation tattoos] to $250 per laser treatment.

We will also establish a price per treatment/package pricing and based on the evaluated tattoo(s) and your individual health concerns.