In the interest of transparency, we will give a qualified answer to this very common question. For the vast majority of our clients, no, you will not be able to see your tattoo after your laser removal treatments are completed – and neither will anyone else. For proof of this, please take a look at the photographs in our before and after gallery. They were all taken on-site by our own technicians. We do not use stock photos (sadly, some tattoo removal places do).
In our gallery, you can not only see how the tattoo sites looked at the beginning and end of treatment, but you can also read how long each process took, how many sessions it needed, how much each session cost, and the total cost. In addition, many of our clients left glowing reviews, which we’d love you to read (we’re proud of our work!).
We said we would give a qualified answer to your question, so here is the rest of the information: In some cases, total removal is simply impossible. Although we can remove almost all tattoos, we cannot remove all tattoos.
We will be completely up-front with you at your initial consultation, so you will have all of the information you need to make a decision. If we don’t think we can achieve your desired results, we will let you know, and we will explain why. Plus, we can recommend other options. For example, maybe you thought you had a tattoo of Chinese characters reading “I am a vegetarian,” but found out that it really says “I am made of vegetables!” It may be possible to get your tattoo lightened so it can be turned into a less cringe-worthy design. We can give referrals to some great cover-up professionals.
Why are some tattoos exceptions?
There are a few factors that can make tattoos challenging to remove completely:
In some cases, the process of getting the tattoo in the first place can damage the skin. If this is the case, even if the PicoWay laser can break up the ink itself and allow it to be flushed from the body, the raised skin will still show an imprint of the original tattoo.
Skin can also be damaged by going to a tattoo removal place with inexperienced or poorly trained staff (to be clear: that is NOT us!). Unfortunately, a botched removal, especially one where the skin has been damaged, can make our job more difficult. Please read about the dangers in our blog: Botched Laser Tattoo Removal: A Cautionary Tale.
Sometimes darker skin can be affected by hyperpigmentation (excessive darkening) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), which is why we are less aggressive with these removal treatments, and which is why it may take longer for your tattoo to fade. At your consultation, we will let you know if we foresee any issues, but some colors can’t be removed from dark skin tones without permanent discoloration.
The most difficult colors to remove are neon shades, light blue, and light green. Between our Quanta EVO Laser and our PicoWay Laser, we are able to remove a wide range of colors, but we can’t guarantee the exact same results for every person.
Every person and every tattoo is different, so ask our experts!
Ultimately, it is important to recognize that all bodies are different and will flush out the ink particles at different rates. We pride ourselves on being fully transparent in all of our interactions, and we will truthfully answer all of your questions
When you’re ready to look into laser tattoo removal, it’s important to find a professional and expert technician you trust. Before you commit to anything, you can come in for a free consultation here at Ink-B-Gone, the leading laser tattoo removers in Colorado. We are conveniently located in Denver, but many clients visit us from out of state.
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