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6 Commonly Asked Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal can be an effective method of eliminating tattoos you no longer want to be visible. There are many factors to consider before deciding to remove an unwanted tattoo through laser, including the age of the tattoo ink, its size and color, and other skin factors. The seven most common questions that patients have about laser tattoo removal can be answered with the help of a knowledgeable laser practitioner. Below, you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about laser tattoo removal.


Laser tattoo removal treatment works by using a laser to burn away the outer layer of skin cells. This, in turn, brings about the destruction of pigment within the tattoo. Following laser tattoo removal, patients can expect some pain and swelling. In addition, there may be a faint red mark that remains after laser treatments are complete.


Laser tattoo removal is one of the most popular procedures in the country. It has been estimated that more than a million Americans undergo the procedure annually. The popularity of the procedure has led to an increased number of options for those looking to remove tattoos.

Because laser tattoo removal services are considered a cosmetic procedure, we schedule consultations to assess if anyone interested is a good candidate for such treatment before moving forward with it. While all laser removal procedures are generally quite effective, the price of the procedure will vary based on the size of the tattoo, the age of the tattoo, the surgery center, and the quality of the skin where the tattoo is located. Tattoo removal is priced per session and the number of sessions required to remove a tattoo can vary from patient to patient. At your personalized consultation, we will inform you of how much each session will cost along with an estimate of how many sessions will be needed to adequately remove your tattoo.


Generally, most tattoos can be removed after a comprehensive treatment plan is established with multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. This can take several months to a year depending on the tattoo conditions and the strength of laser wavelengths. However, small, simple tattoos may be able to be erased in a single laser treatment. Treatment sessions usually last just a few minutes, even with larger tattoo sizes.

The laser is used to target pigment in the skin as well as any scar tissue that may have formed since the tattoo was placed.


Since the tattoo removal process is designed to destroy the pigmented cells within the skin, the patient may experience a sensation of stinging while the laser is being used. It is important to note that not all patients will experience this sensation, especially those who are receiving treatments on small tattoos in areas that are not very sensitive.

It hurts, but it’s bearable

While most people will be able to easily tolerate the pain of tattoo removal, it is important to note that some people may experience a high level of discomfort while they are undergoing such treatment. Since laser tattoo removal is a cosmetic procedure, our doctors will gauge a patient’s reaction and make any necessary changes to the settings used to reduce any discomfort that the patient may feel. Applying ice or topical lidocaine cream before your tattoo removal session can also help minimize discomfort.


Laser tattoo removal can be used to remove any type of tattoo, including those that were created using a different dye or pigment. In most cases, the laser will not cause any scarring or discoloration. Rather, the destruction of skin cells leaves behind tiny red spots on the skin’s surface. These spots can flake and fade away over time.

6. Are there side effects?

While laser tattoo removal is considered to be a safe procedure, there are still some risks involved with the procedure, especially for some darker skin tones. In some cases, the treatment may cause skin irritation or pigmentation issues. There may also be a temporary tingling or “snapping” sensation while the laser is being used.

Tattoo Removal in Cape Girardeau

With the advancement of laser technology, there is more than one option for covering up or getting rid of your unwanted tattoos. Laser tattoo removal is great for simple or complex tattoos to restore smooth, clear skin no matter where the tattoo is located. For more information on laser therapy for your tattoo, Heartland Plastic Surgery has you covered. Call or contact us online today to find out if we can help erase your tattoo and get your skin looking great again.

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