Frequently Asked Questions
How many treatments will I need?
With the Astanza Trinity, the average number of treatments needed to achieve complete removal ranges from 3 to 10. Patients significantly faded or smaller tattoos usually only need up to 3 or 4 treatments. However, because every patient and tattoo is unique, there is no way of knowing the exact number of treatments you will need without assessing your tattoo in person. Our laser technicians use a variety of factors to best estimate the number of treatments you need to reach your desired tattoo removal goal. These factors include:
- Age of tattoo
- Size of tattoo
- Location of tattoo
- Density of ink
- Depth of ink
- Quality of tattoo (professional or amateur)
- Pre-existing scarring
- Patient health
How long before my tattoo is completely removed?
Treatments are spaced a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks apart to allow your skin enough time to heal before encountering the laser again. Because of this waiting period, laser tattoo removal requires patience and commitment. That 6 to 8 week waiting period is necessary for your safety. Receiving a treatment too early into the healing process can increase risks of unwarranted side effects and pigment changes. Depending on how quickly your skin heals, the time between treatments may fluctuate. Although it may seem like a long time, the results are well worth the wait. Our powerful Astanza Trinity is designed to eliminate more ink with each treatment, lessening the amount of total treatments needed.
Does the laser hurt?
Since everyone has a personal pain threshold, the level of pain experienced is unique to each patient. Many patients have compared the laser to a rubber band being snapped against the skin. However, if you can sit through getting a tattoo applied, you can definitely tolerate getting one removed. Luckily, laser tattoo removal is a very quick procedures and lasts anywhere from 1 to 20 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo being treated. This treatment time is significantly shorter than the hours it takes to apply a tattoo. Fresh Start Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic also utilizes the Zimmer Cryo 5 cooling machine to numb the skin before, during, and after treatment, mitigating any pain or worry that patients may have.
Are there any side effects?
Laser tattoo removal is the safest, most effective method for removing unwanted ink. That being said, patients will experience minor side effects during the healing process, but all are temporary. The most common side effects patients experience are swelling, redness, scabbing, blistering, and pigmentation changes. We strongly advise patients to refrain from picking at any scabs or popping blisters that might form. While these side effects may look daunting, they are actually signs that your body is working to remove the ink from your skin. Interrupting these side effects during the healing process may cause an infection that may lead to more serious unwanted side effects. With proper aftercare, your skin will heal blemish and ink free. Half of a successful treatment comes from the laser and the technician’s skill, the other half comes from how well you take care of your tattoo when you get home.
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
Fresh Start Laser Tattoo Removal offers affordable treatment pricing starting as low as $59. We provide free consultation to all patients to better assess your tattoo and find a price that best fits your budget. We believe nothing should get in the way of you getting your tattoo removed, especially price. Whatever your goal is, we’ll figure out a pricing plan to ensure your needs get met. That’s our guarantee! To better serve our patients, we also offer a variety of special packages and discounts.
Can you remove just a portion of my tattoo?
Yes! Our Astanza Trinity laser uses two flat top homogenized laser beams, one oval and one square. These beam shapes make it easy to precisely target a specific part of your tattoo without affecting the surrounding ink. Furthermore, the flat-top homogenized beam creates an even distribution of energy across the skin, reducing the risk of unwanted side effects.
Can you fade my tattoo for a cover-up?
Absolutely! Laser tattoo removal is the perfect solution for patients interested in getting a cover-up tattoo. Most cover-up tattoos require double the amount of ink to conceal an existing tattoo, especially if the existing tattoo contains a lot of black or darker inks. Fading a tattoo with laser tattoo removal gives your tattoo artist a cleaner canvas to work on and more flexibility with their design. Most tattoos only need a few treatments before seeing optimal fading.