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Can My Tattoo Be Completely Removed With Laser Treatment?

By: Cory Gaiser, M.D.


These days, almost nothing is forever. While tattoos were once considered a permanent, life-changing decision, patients now have the opportunity to restore their ink-free look should they have a change of heart over time. That’s not to say that getting a tattoo shouldn’t be carefully thought through, as tattoo removal may not be as quick and easy as you imagine. Even so, it is possible. At New Body Aesthetics in Cincinnati, OH, board-certified physician Dr. Cory A. Gaiser is committed to offering the most current and effective technologies available today and is proud to perform laser tattoo removal using the Harmony XL PRO laser. Review the information below to better understand what you can expect during and after laser tattoo removal, including if your tattoo will disappear completely.

What are my options for tattoo removal?

Without a doubt, professional laser treatment is the safest and most effective tattoo removal solution available today. At New Body Aesthetics, laser tattoo removal is performed using the Harmony XL PRO system, which can treat a wide range of ink colors without damaging the skin or causing hypopigmentation.

How many laser tattoo removal treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need for laser tattoo removal depends on several individual factors, including:

  • Size of tattoo
  • Age of tattoo
  • Ink colors used in tattoo
  • Overall skin health
  • Body’s response to treatment
  • Patient’s tolerance for treatment

On average, patients can expect a series of 4 – 10 laser tattoo removal sessions to achieve their desired outcome, though larger or deeper-colored tattoos may require as many as 20 treatment sessions. During your initial consultation for laser tattoo removal in Cincinnati, Dr. Gaiser will evaluate your tattoo and help determine how many treatments will likely be needed. Patients should understand that laser tattoo removal sessions must be spaced apart to allow the skin time to heal, meaning an extended series of treatments can last up to a year or longer.

Is my tattoo invisible after laser tattoo removal?

In many cases, it is possible to virtually remove a tattoo with laser tattoo removal. Again, though, this will depend on many factors regarding the patient’s skin and the tattoo itself. If tattoo ink is still visible after the target number of treatment sessions, Dr. Gaiser may recommend additional treatments to further break down your ink. For patients who are hoping to cover up the area with a new tattoo, it may not be necessary to fully remove the original tattoo. Before treatment, be sure to discuss with your provider whether you’re planning to re-tattoo the area or would prefer it to be ink-free.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Laser tattoo removal should not be considered a pain-free treatment, though most patients tolerate it fairly well with the use of a topical numbing agent. Still, patients report stinging, discomfort, and other sensations during treatment, with many people likening it to the experience of being tattooed. Our team is committed to the highest standards of patient safety and comfort and will take things at whatever pace you’d like to ensure you achieve your desired outcome with as little pain as possible.

With laser tattoo removal in Cincinnati, OH, your regrettable decisions can finally disappear

Whether you made a rash decision in getting a tattoo or your tattoo is no longer meaningful to you, we can help. With laser tattoo removal, patients can dramatically fade or even erase their tattoos, giving them back the clear skin and confidence they desire. To learn more about what results may be possible for you with laser tattoo removal in Cincinnati, OH, call New Body Aesthetics to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified physician and aesthetic laser expert Dr. Cory A. Gaiser today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.