What are the options for tattoo removal?
There are several options for removing an unwanted tattoo, including older methods such as acid peels and surgical excision. However, these procedures are quite painful and can cause permanent scarring. FamWellMD uses the Fotona QX MAX laser, which is a very effective, relatively painless solution to reduce or, in most cases, completely remove tattoos.*
How does laser tattoo removal work?
The tattoo is treated with very short, deeply penetrating laser pulses. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the ink causing it to break down into smaller particles. These particles are then naturally absorbed by the immune system.
Does the procedure hurt?
The laser pulse creates a sensation that feels similar to a quick snap from a rubber band on your skin. Most people generally compare the feeling to the initial tattoo procedure itself.
Can all colors be removed?
The QX MAX laser, with its unique combination of laser wavelengths, can target all common tattoo ink colors including black and dark tones, light blues, reds, tans, and greens.
Are there any side-effects?
There are minimal side-effects; however, you could experience redness, swelling and minor blistering of the skin. These reactions are normal. You should avoid picking at any blisters or scabs and allow your skin to heal on its own.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments required depends on the size of the tattoo as well as its location, depth and color. Black and red inks are usually easier to treat than other shades. Older and amateur tattoos are also typically easier to remove than professional tattoos. After each laser treatment the tattoo slowly begins to fade as your body removes the broken-down pigments.
* All services discussed are representative of typical and/or expected results/experiences; however, we cannot guarantee individual outcomes/experiences will match those described and/or depicted in images.