Whether you want it gone completely or just enough to cover it up with something else, if you’re here, you’re likely considering laser tattoo removal to get the job done. Here’s what you need to know.
9 Things You Need to Know About Laser Tattoo Removal
1. It Hurts Worse Than the Tattoo
Tattoos can get pretty annoying and downright painful. Location matters. The amount of time definitely matters.
Write this down: Laser tattoo removal is not like this.
I can handle pain pretty well. It’s all mental for me. Mind over matter. And I’ve been lasered enough times now that one might assume I’d be used to it.
One would be assuming incorrectly.
Every single time, it hurts as worst as the last session. I’ve never been hit in the face with a brick, but I imagine it would hurt less than that machine.
Now, all that being said…
2. It’s Also Over in the Blink of an Eye
Depending on the size of your tattoo, it could take mere seconds. Ellen can do mine in roughly 5-10 seconds, and she usually goes over it two (or even three) times.
I can promise you that if you can deal with someone stabbing you with a needle for an hour or more when you get the tattoo in the first place, you can handle a few seconds of the laser tattoo removal machine. Ellen always has a squeezy stress ball nearby, and profanity is welcome.
Also, I like to remind myself how lucky I am that there’s even a way to undo my horrible life choices — i.e. getting a tattoo of a bird on my forearm. Worth the pain? Every second of it.
3. Plan to Do it Across Months — Or Possibly Over a Year
“Omg I have a wedding this weekend and really want this tat gone!” you say before booking your first appointment.
That’s cute, but no.
Any technician who promises to perform a miracle and remove your tattoo with four or five sessions is taking you for a ride.
Here’s the great news: You will see results each time you go. Bit by bit, the ink is going to fade. But! Depending on the tattoo — how heavy the ink is, the colors you used, etc. — you might be seeing your technician for over a year. This is normal.
4. Prepare to Pony Up the Dough
Brace yourself, because you’re going to have to part with some cash.
Technicians charge by how many square inches your tattoo is. Obviously, the bigger it is and the more real estate it takes up, the more you can expect to pay.
I can’t stress this enough: Shop around. Compare prices. In the Las Vegas area, the first office I went to wanted to charge close to $200 a session. Another quoted me $150. Skin City Laser had the best rates by far, and I never would’ve ended up here if I hadn’t shopped around.
I know we’re all in a hurry and feeling desperate when we’re looking for someone to remove our tattoos, but I can guarantee you won’t regret spending a little extra time comparing services. If you’re in the Vegas area, of course, I’ll recommend that you head to Skin City Laser. If you’re somewhere else, do your due diligence when looking for a technician.
5. Yes, Laser Tattoo Removal Can Remove All of Your Ink
During my consultation with Skin City Laser, I expressed that I was okay with the tattoo maybe just being partially removed. Like other people, I was under the impression that it wouldn’t remove it entirely. Wrong!
Working with a highly skilled and trained technician means that my tattoo will be gone entirely — no ink left behind and no scarring.
And on that note…
6. The Laser Should *Not* Leave a Scar!
If getting laser tattoo removal leaves you with scarring, that means the person who did it is an idiot and fried your skin so badly that it broke, bled, and ultimately scarred over.
Let’s just get this out of the way: This is wrong.
The laser should zap your skin — not burn it off. I repeat: You are not burning off your tattoo.
Now, if you’re working with a knowledgable technician and still see scarring after your tattoo is gone, then it’s a scar from getting the tattoo — not the laser. Tattoos commonly make you bleed. Lasers should not.
7. Some Tattoos Could Be Tougher to Remove
More often than not it will be simple and straightforward. But there are some exceptions.
For example, throughout my visits with Ellen, we discovered that the person who initially did my tattoo inked certain parts of it very heavy and very deep. Those parts of my tattoo are taking longer.
The other parts have faded completely.
8. Don’t Make Plans to Be in the Sun
The cells in your skin are especially active post-laser. You should bring something to cover your arm for the drive home and plan to stay out of the sun for five days. Or, if you do go outside, plan to keep your tattoo covered.
9. Do Your Damn Research
It wasn’t just the prices of those first few offices I visited that made me want to vomit. It was the people themselves.
They all came across as desperate salespeople, willing to tell me anything to get my money. No, you’re not undergoing brain surgery, but you still need to be careful about who you let laser you. A laser tattoo removal machine in the hands of the wrong person can be incredibly dangerous.
Aside from the fact that Skin City Laser was in my budget, what really won me over was that I trusted them. I walked into their office very skeptical by that point, but after talking to them, I felt very confident in my decision to go with them and, in fact, got my first session on the spot.
Your gut and intuition are there to do a job. Listen to them. When they tell you to run, run. It’s okay — preferable, actually — to be picky.
On the flip side, if you feel safe and looked after, as I almost immediately did at Skin City Laser, then you’re okay.
The best way to determine if someone is a skilled professional who can deliver results is to talk to the people who’ve already been to them. And this client right here is happy to vouch for Skin City Laser. Contact them today.