Laser Tattoo Removal in Fairfax Virginia

Treatment Information

Client: 33 year old Male, Skin Type III
Tattoo: Professional, 10 years old, Multi-colored, Multi-Layered, First treatment
Area Treated: Right arm, White lines indicate posterior/anterior perimeter, anterior/posterior must be treated separately because of appendage swelling
Goal: Fade ink for artist to achieve cover up sleeve
Laser: Quanta Q Plus C
Settings: 1064 wavelength for black ink and to remove impurities out of colored ink
Cooling: Zimmer Cryo Chiller
Duration: 15 minutes

 

If you live in the Arlington or Alexandria VA area, don’t worry we have all your tattoo removal needs covered. 

Learn all that you need to know about our tattoo removal and other services for Alexandria and Arlington residents. We provide a full array of laser aesthetic services in addition to removing unwanted ink or providing coverups so your next piece of body are is the right fit.

If you regret getting a tattoo, you’re not alone! What seemed like a good idea in your 20s may no longer fit into your current lifestyle. Thanks to advancements in laser technology, you no longer have to live with tattoo regret. You can remove your tattoo with Laser Tattoo Removal Technology now.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

The Quanta Q plus C laser injects the skin with a nanosecond intense light, which penetrates the skin to break up the ink particles in the tattoo. Shattering the tattoo ink makes the particles smaller allowing the body’s immune system to remove the pigments over time. The laser energy is safe and effective, and only targets the pigmented portion of the skin, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.

How long does the tattoo removal process take?

Each treatment is very short and total time varies from seconds to minutes depending on the size of the tattoo and the type of treatment. The number of sessions needed is determined by the Kirby-Desai scale and varies because of several factors: your skin tone, location of the tattoo, the density of the ink, the type of ink, the color, professional vs amateur tattoos, and your immune system. The Kirby-Desai scale is used to determine the number of treatments needed. Each treatment is repeated at a minimum of 6 weeks apart.

What should I do before treatment?

Weeks prior to treatment avoid the sun and wait for tan to fade if area has been exposed to sun. Use sunscreen to prevent pigment changes on and around tattoo. Day of treatment, wash and clean the skin, shave the tattoo area and avoid lotions or putting anything on skin prior to treatment.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

Your skin may have a frosted appearance immediately after removal treatment. This is a result of gas bubbles that make the skin look frosted and white. In approximately 20 minutes this frosting will fade. The treated area may have mild redness and swelling and will subside usually within several hours. There is a possibility that some small blisters or pinpoint bleeding may occur. The treated area will be covered with antibiotic ointment and gauze dressing to keep the area clean.Complete aftercare instructions and ointment will be given at the time of removal. It is recommended that you rest and elevate area treated and limit activity for 24 hours post treatment. An ice compress can be applied periodically. For discomfort, Tylenol can be taken, but avoid Aspirin and other anti- inflammatory medications. Do not pop or remove any scabs or blisters. Your skin may be flaky, dry or itchy for several weeks after treatment. Do not pick or irritate treated skin. Using your ointment will be helpful. Avoiding sun exposure is critical as it can cause pigment changes and scarring. Applying sunscreen to treated area is required, and swimming should be avoided until treated area is completely healed.

How long do I have to wait between treatments?

The recovery time varies with each individual. We generally suggest 6 weeks between treatments. However, depending on the individual’s immune system and how well they are healing 10-16 weeks between treatments may be required.

Can I have only part of my tattoo removed?

Absolutely. Laser tattoo removal is very precise and we can remove specific areas of your tattoo.

Will I see changes after each treatment?

According to the FDA there are over 100 color additives available for use in tattoo ink. Because of the inconsistency in tattoo ink used by different tattoo shops in the United States, and each client being different, you may not see a drastic change after each session, although most clients will see immediate changes after each treatment. We photograph and record each tattoo before treatment so you can trace your progress.

Is tattoo removal safe? Are there any side effects or risks of tattoo removal?

The chances of scarring are very low because new laser technology reduces the side effects of tattoo removal. Scarring can occur if client aftercare instructions are not followed. Additionally, risk of infection is also a possibility if aftercare treatment is not followed. Changes in skin pigment can also occur making the treated area noticeably lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Therefore, it’s important that your laser technician look over your medical history during your consultation because there is an increased risk for those with auto immune diseases, diabetes and other skin conditions.

Who should not have laser tattoo removal?

Individuals who should not have laser tattoo removal are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, individuals who experienced an allergic reaction when getting their tattoo, anyone prone to keloid scarring, those with autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and other skin conditions.

Why use Quanta Q plus C laser and NOT the Picosure laser?

Quanta Q plus C
VS
Picosure
Nanosecond pulses Picosecond pulses
Treats ALL tattoo colors CANNOT treat all tattoo colors
Safest and most efficient laser treatment Claims faster clearance
Costs less Triple the cost per treatment