Tattoo Removal Chino, CA

What is tattoo removal?

A tattoo is a permanent form of body modification where an artist injects inks and pigments (dyes) into your skin. Tattoo removal is a procedure to remove this permanent ink from your body. Normally, your immune system works to remove foreign particles from your body, but ink particles are too big for your immune system to remove, which is why they’re permanent. Tattoo removal can be a complex process that can take several sessions to complete. This happens because permanent ink granules from professional tattoos exist below your skin’s surface.

The most common way to remove a tattoo is Laser Tattoo Removal.

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How does laser tattoo removal work?

The goal of laser tattoo removal is to break down permanent ink particles into smaller particles that your immune system can safely remove. Using your lymphatic system.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

Some people say that removal feels the same as getting a tattoo, while others liken it to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped against their skin. Your skin may be sore after the procedure.

Who is a candidate for tattoo removal?

Someone who:

  • Has a tattoo they want removed.
  • Has a tattoo that is older than 12 weeks.
  • Has realistic expectations for the procedure.
  • Understands the risks and possible side effects of the treatment.

Why do people get tattoos removed?

Everyone has their own reason for wanting to remove a tattoo. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • You don’t like your tattoo anymore.
  • Your job doesn’t allow visible tattoos.
  • Your tattoo reminds you of someone or something that had a negative impact on your life.
  • Preparing the area for a cover-up you’ll love!

What is the process of a laser tattoo removal procedure?

Before your procedure, you’ll meet with our trained, certified provider who’ll evaluate your situation and inform you about the process. They’ll evaluate your skin and may ask questions that could include:

  • When did you get this tattoo?
  • Have you undergone any prior tattoo removal procedures?
  • Was the tattoo applied by an amateur or professional?

Your provider will also measure the size of your tattoo and take a photo of it to record the results of your procedure. Your provider will choose a treatment plan based on the type and color of ink in the tattoo and the depth of the tattoo pigment in your body.

During a laser tattoo removal procedure, you can expect the following to happen:

  • You’ll wear protective eye shields.
  • The area will be “chilled” by a professional grade cryo-cooler. This will help desensitize the area and make the treatment more comfortable.
  • The treatment itself consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of your skin and activating the laser light repeatedly (pulse) over the surface of the tattoo.

Why does it take more than one session to remove a tattoo with laser tattoo removal?

It takes more than one session to remove a tattoo because when you got your tattoo, your tattoo artist applied the ink in layers. Because lasers break the ink pigment into smaller particles, it then takes some time between sessions for your body to flush out the ink. Your skin also needs time to heal.

Will laser tattoo removal completely remove my tattoo?

Each person’s tattoo removal process is different. Some laser tattoo removal procedures will completely remove the tattoo from your body, while others may leave a “shadow” of the tattoo. When tattoo removal isn’t 100% successful, it can be due to some colors of the tattoo dye being resistant to removal, and some pigment being too deep for lasers to reach. Certain colors may be easier to remove than others. Blue or black tattoos respond well to laser treatment because they’re better at absorbing light.

How long does tattoo removal take?

Each tattoo removal procedure takes a different amount of time depending on the size, color and location of your tattoo. It could range from 1-15 minutes. The “average” tattoo takes 12- 17  visits.

How do I take care of my skin after tattoo removal?

Our healthcare provider will discuss instructions on how you should take care of your skin after a tattoo removal procedure.

Immediately after treatment, you can apply an ice pack or aloe vera to soothe the treated area. We also recommend applying Sunblock during the day and Vitamin E at night on the treated area. You can shower as usual, using a gentle wash and patting dry. Avoid scrubs and products that contain active ingredients until your skin has healed from the treatment ( about 1 week).

Is tattoo removal safe?

Yes, tattoo removal is safe if you get your tattoo removed by a licensed or certified healthcare provider who specializes in tattoo removal.

Thanks to newer technology, the treatment of tattoos with laser systems has become much more effective, with lower risk of scarring. For details about your specific case, book a consultation with our provider who’s experienced in tattoo removal.

What are the benefits of a tattoo removal procedure?

The benefits of tattoo removal include:

  • Effectively get rid of unwanted tattoos.
  • Improve your appearance and self-confidence.
  • Limited recovery time after laser removal.
  • A minimal amount of pain or discomfort.
  • It’s relatively safe.

Does tattoo removal cause scars?

There is always a possibility of scarring, but you can help prevent the likelihood of scarring by taking care of your skin after a removal session by carefully following the provider’s aftercare instructions throughout the entire process.

Recovery and Outlook

How many sessions does it take to remove a tattoo?

The amount of sessions it takes to remove a tattoo depends on the size and color of the ink of your tattoo. It’s much easier to apply a tattoo than to remove one. For laser tattoo removal, it could take between 6 -17 sessions before you see final results on your skin. Talk to your healthcare provider about how many sessions it could take to remove your tattoo.

The old saying “think before you ink” remains good advice for anyone considering getting a tattoo. Body art is more permanent than you might realize at first. Modern lasers, when overseen by qualified medical professionals, are safer and better than previous alternatives for tattoo removal, but  the process still requires time, patience and effort!