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Laser Tattoo Removal FAQ

At Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal we get a lot of questions regarding the procedure of laser tattoo removal. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:
laser tattoo removal faq1. What makes Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal so unique?
Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal is Virginia's first and only clinic to specialize in the safe procedure of laser tattoo removal. We are specialists when it comes to laser tattoo removal simply because that's all we do.  We use the best lasers in the industry, the Medlite c6, and the Infinity QS, both are q-switched, Nd:Yag Lasers that are designed specifically for tattoo removal.  Beware of med spas and skin care centers that offer dozens of procedures, in the same location, they are likely using a laser that isn't customized for tattoo removal and if used improperly, could lead to much more severe and long-term side effects.
2. How many treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?
Each person is as unique as their tattoo, but most professional tattoos take between 5-10 treatments. Homemade tattoos usually take less. Laser tattoo removal treatments are spaced out 4-6 weeks apart. The number of treatments can depend on a number of factors, such as:  
1-amount of ink used
2-depth of the ink placed in the skin
3-type of ink used
5-age of the tattoo
6-colors used
3. Can I come back earlier than scheduled for the treatments?
Unfortunately no, the time between treatments is set up so your tattoo can heal properly and your body has has enough time to flush the tattoo ink out, naturally.  The results, after a treatment, are not always immediate. The body breaks down the ink slowly, usually taking weeks to see the full results, from a treatment.
4. Is the process painful?
Most clients compare the pain to that of getting a tattoo, except tattoo removal take far less time. Depending on the size of the tattoo, most laser treatments usually take only a matter of minutes. All laser treatments are accompanied by a Zimmer Cryo Chiller application as well.
5. Will I have a scar?
No. When using the q-switched Nd:Yag laser and following the "aftercare instructions" provided, there is minimal to no scarring, from this procedure.  The laser manufacture claims a less than 5% chance of light scarring, which is a beautiful statistic, but we have found an even higher level of success at our clinics.
6. Do all the colors of ink respond the same?
 No. Black and red inks are the easiest to remove, while light greens and light blues are the hardest. These blues and greens can sometimes take more treatments than other colors. In some cases, these colors cannot removed completely.
laser tattoo removal pictures7. Will the tattoo remove completely?
In most cases, yes. However, complete removal is sometimes a hard thing to predict, due to all the unregulated tattoo inks on the market. The F.D.A. does not regulate tattoo inks and a lot a lot of tattoo ink manufactures and artists make and mix their own inks. Sometimes these mixes have metals and other foreign additives, for effect. These unknowns are why 100% removal is hard to predict or promise.
*A lot of permanent make-up inks have foreign additives, that's why we do not remove permanent make-up at our clinics.
8. What do you use for pain?
At Atlantic Laser Tattoo Removal we use a Zimmer Cryo Chiller before, during, and after the short procedure. This is known as the "natural" way to cool the epidermis, bringing the forced air down to -30 degrees. This application along with an over the counter pain medicine, such as Tylenol, is all that we recommend.
9. How are your lasers different from others for tattoo removal?
Our clinics use the gold standard in laser tattoo removal, a q-switched Nd:Yag laser such as the Cynosure Affinity QS or the Medlite C6 from Hoya Conbio. We use the most advanced lasers available for one main goal: to provide the best tattoo removal results, period. 
10. What are the common side effects of laser tattoo removal?
Side effects that Atlantic Laser Tattoo< Removal, patients will likely experience, are short-term but worth mentioning. The skin may be red, swollen, and may blister. Blisters can get quite large and at times, cover the entire tattoo. These blisters are superficial and will heal beautifully, but may be uncomfortable for a couple of days. We provide very clear and easy aftercare instructions, for post treatment care.