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Tattoo Removal: What You Need to Know

Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s tattoo removal process is precise and personalized to your skin, your tattoo, and your needs.

If you’re considering tattoo removal, now is a great time at the Interventional Center, where you can buy three sessions and get the fourth free. 

Before you sign up to get a clean slate on your skin, here’s what you should know.

How it works

The high-frequency precise Neopulse Cynosure laser works by penetrating the tattoo and bursting the ink pigments into microscopic particles, triggering your body’s inflammatory response. This response sends cells to the site of the tattoo to excrete the particles, which leave the body through urination.

Altogether, the process takes up to 12 weeks to complete. Waiting at least 12 weeks between each treatment is recommended to allow for optimal results. Black ink is generally removed the easiest. The machine does not have the capability to remove red or yellow ink.

How long it takes

Many people want to know upfront how many sessions it will take for their tattoo to be removed.

The average amount of treatments varies widely depending on how much of the tattoo you want to remove, the color of inks used, additives, and your skin’s response to treatment. Your original tattoo artist’s amount of pressure applied when creating the tattoo will also affect your results (heavy-handed artist = deeper ink).

Before your session

Prior to tattoo removal, your tattoo is measured for size and evaluated at your personal consultation at the Interventional Center. This will also help calculate the price of your session/s. The consult fee is deducted from your total bill after you purchase your session or a package of sessions.

You should stop tanning for 4 weeks before the procedure.

The procedure can only be performed on healed tattoos with at least 12 weeks of wear on your skin.

Numbing cream is applied to the area during your session, allowing 15-20 minutes before beginning the tattoo removal process with the Cynosure laser.

After your session

The area of skin with your tattoo is iced and bandaged after every session. Aquaphor cream should be applied 4 times a day.

Blisters need to be kept clean, dry and covered. The area should be cleaned at least once a day with mild soap and water, and pat dry, do not scrub.

Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, and contact sports until blisters are healed.

You should also avoid sun exposure. If you do plan to be outside, use SPF 50 sunscreen, and reapply every 2 hours.

If you experience any symptoms of infection to the area, contact the office.

For additional questions, or to schedule your consultation, contact the Interventional Center at 540-283-3881.