Frequently Asked Questions
How does laser tattoo removal work?
A laser sends wavelengths of light energy safely through the skin and selectively targets trapped ink particles. Those ink particles absorb the light energy and shatter into tiny fragmented particles that are naturally disposed of by your body’s immune system. For a more detailed answer, visit our ‘How Laser Tattoo Removal Works’ page.
How many treatments do I need?
Every patient, no matter the size or age of the tattoo will most likely require multiple treatments. When a tattoo is applied, layers of ink are inserted in the skin’s dermal layer. Multiple treatments with the laser are necessary to target and shatter the varying layers of ink trapped in the skin. On average, most patients require at least five to ten treatments. Patients with older or faded tattoos may need only two to four treatments. Aesthetic Envy uses a variety of factors to assess your tattoo and determine the number of treatments you will need. Some of these factors include the age, size, and location of your tattoo, the ink density and depth, and patient health.
How long until I see complete removal of my tattoo?
The overall laser tattoo removal process can be quite lengthy depending on the number of treatments your tattoo will need. Treatments are spaced a minimum of six to eight weeks apart. This time is necessary to give your skin enough time to heal between treatment sessions. Luckily, the actual procedure time is very quick and lasts as little as 1 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo being treated. Although the removal process takes time and patience, we can assure you that the results are well worth the wait!
Does the laser hurt?
There are varying answers to this question. Depending on your pain tolerance, the laser may feel like a rubber band snapping against the skin or it can feel like having a tattoo applied. Overall, treatment is tolerable and procedure times are fairly quick. Aesthetic Envy provides superior skin numbing with the Zimmer Cryo cooling machine. This noninvasive device directs freezing cold air to the treatment site and alleviates the skin before, during, and after each treatment, providing maximum relief and comfort.
Are there any side effects to the laser?
Laser tattoo removal is the safest, latest, and most advanced method for removing unwanted ink from the skin. Our Astanza Trinity laser is noninvasive and can safely penetrate through the skin and shatter ink without harming any surrounding skin tissue. That being said, patients may temporarily experience redness, itchiness, scabbing, bruising, and skin discoloration. All of these side effects are natural and will heal over the weeks following each treatment. Patients are highly advised to follow proper aftercare instructions outside of our clinic. Doing so will reduce the risks of unwanted side effects and lead to flawless results.
Can you fade my tattoo or remove a specific part of my tattoo?
Absolutely! Aesthetic Envy can help you achieve any type of tattoo removal, whether you wish to completely remove your tattoo, lighten your tattoo in preparation for a cover-up, or selectively remove a portion of your tattoo. Our Astanza Trinity laser features two spot beam shapes, a square and oval, for selective removal of certain tattoo details like script or shading while leaving the surrounding ink unharmed.
We also offer fading or lightening for tattoo cover-ups. Patients interested in getting a tattoo cover-up can fade their tattoo with one to three treatments, creating a lighter and cleaner canvas for your tattoo artist to apply new artwork. We partner with several tattoo artists throughout the Sacramento region to assist with lightening tattoos in preparation of their cover up tattoos.