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What to Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal

If your love for your tattoo has faded and you want the tattoo to fade as well, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz can help. We use the most advanced systems for laser tattoo removal to give you the best results. If you have concerns about what laser tattoo removal will feel like or what recovery involves, rest assured that the PicoSure® minimizes discomfort and downtime. 

What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Tattoo artists place particles of ink deep in the dermis. Cells from this layer do not migrate to the surface, so your tattoo ink will stay in place. Your body cannot remove these large ink particles. Fortunately, laser tattoo removal can eliminate them by breaking them into smaller, removable pieces. Using the PicoSure® laser, tattoo removal can treat any tattoo color and works faster than older systems.

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How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

The PicoSure® laser emits picosecond pulses of laser energy that travel into the skin and strike the pigment molecules. This energy causes the ink particles to shatter into tiny pieces. Your body can filter away these pieces, removing the color from the tattoo. This laser uses three different wavelengths of energy to target the entire spectrum of colors, from dark colors to bright yellow, green, or red. As a result, you need fewer treatments and see better results. 

What to Expect After Laser Tattoo Removal

You can resume your usual activities after your tattoo removal session. Unlike older lasers that use thermal energy to break up pigments, PicoSure® uses no heat. While you may have heard horror stories about blistering and scabs after tattoo removal, rest assured that the PicoSure® laser causes minimal injury to the skin. You will not have any downtime. Apply moisturizer to your treated skin as it heals, and avoid sun exposure between and after treatment sessions. 

During the six to eight weeks between treatments, you may notice significant fading of your tattoo. While full results can take several sessions, you may see results after your first treatment. The treated pigments will fade with each session until your tattoo disappears. Once your tattoo has been removed, it will never come back. The treatment removes the pigments completely so that you have no risk of seeing your vanished tattoo reappear. 

What Makes the PicoSure® Laser Better for Tattoo Removal?

The PicoSure® laser has several advantages over older types of tattoo removal. Dr. Schwartz and his team use this laser for its superior results and minimal downtime

  • Treats all ink colors, even difficult ones
  • More complete removal than other lasers
  • Fewer treatments to save time and money
  • No thermal energy means no heat damage to the skin
  • Removes all tattoos regardless of color, age, or type
  • More comfortable

The PicoSure® is considered the most advanced tattoo removal system available. We use it because we are committed to helping you achieve excellent results. 

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

How Many Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments Will I Need?

Laser tattoo requires a time commitment, with several treatments needed and a six to eight-week period between them. The difficulty of removing a tattoo varies according to several factors. The number of treatments required will depend on:

  • Size of the tattoo
  • Intensity of colors
  • Age of the tattoo (older tattoos may lose pigment or move toward the surface)
  • Professional or amateur tattoo (professionals put ink deeper into the skin)
  • How fast your body clears the pigment particles

Treatments typically take less than half an hour. Most people need six to eight treatments to remove an average tattoo. They might need ten or more with a different laser. We space your sessions six to eight weeks apart to give your body time to remove the treated pigments.

Will My Tattoo Be Completely Gone After Laser Tattoo Removal?

You may wonder whether laser tattoo removal will erase every trace of that unwanted tattoo. The short answer is that it might. Some people will see their tattoos vanish entirely. Others may notice that some faint traces remain. Tattoo removal usually fades a tattoo so much that people will have trouble telling you ever had one. Sometimes, people plan to get another tattoo where the old one used to be. In that case, they may not require complete removal. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal?

Good candidates for laser tattoo removal have an unwanted tattoo and are prepared to commit to a long-term process. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations about their results and how long treatment will take. You may not be able to have treatment if you have a skin infection or active skin condition in the treatment area. Excessive sun exposure before treatment will increase your skin of skin injury. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about laser tattoo removal, call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier laser treatment center can help you!

Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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