Common questions about laser tattoo removal

While tattoos are meant to last forever, there are now ways for patients to have them faded to undergo a coverup job or even remove them completely from the skin. This is achieved with laser tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal is a commonly requested treatment at the Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg and for good reason—it works! Below are a few question patients might have about laser tattoo removal: 

How does laser tattoo removal work? 

Laser light energy penetrates deep into the skin to break down ink pigmentation. The body then naturally absorbs the ink and the tattoo will fade away with each treatment. 

How many treatments do I need? 

The number of treatments needed will very depending on several different factors, including: 

  • Depth of the tattoo
  • How long the tattoo has been in place
  • The quality of the inks used
  • The color of the inks used
  • The size of the tattoo
  • The location of the tattoo on the body
  • The patient’s skin type

Most amateur tattoos can be removed in just a few sessions, while more intricate, multicolored, and professional tattoos can take more than 10 sessions. On average, most tattoo removals using laser therapy can be achieved in anywhere from three to 10 sessions. 

Is laser tattoo removal painful? 

Compared to the pain of getting the tattoo, laser tattoo removal is a cinch! Many patients experience a warming or snapping sensation on the skin, but this is easily reduced by applying a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to treatment to numb the area. 

How much does laser tattoo removal cost? 

There are different variables that are taken into consideration when quoting patients on a price for laser tattoo removal, as the time of treatments and the number of treatments vary from patient to patient. The best way to get an accurate price quote is to book a consultation appointment and evaluation. 

Learn more about laser tattoo removal at the Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg 

Whether you dislike your tattoo or are preparing for a new career without one, speaking to a professional about laser tattoo removal is the first step in the right direction! Contact Drs. William Reno III and Paul Talbot of Hattiesburg, MS by calling (601) 296-3405 and scheduling an appointment.