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FAQ at HappyClinic Denver

Denver Laser Tattoo Removal with Lutronic Spectra VRM III


What is Denver Laser Tattoo Removal?


Laser Tattoo removal is the safest and most effective way to erase tattoos, permanent makeup, and body art.  Other methods of removing tattoos are more likely to cause permanent scarring and damage to the skin.  At happy Clinic Denver, we use the latest in laser Q-switch technology to deliver great results with minimum complications.


What can I expect from my free consultation at Happy Clinic Denver?


Our laser technician will evaluate your tattoo to give you specific recommendations on how many treatments it takes and the cost of removal.  Generally, home/non-professional tattoos can be removed in 1-3 sessions, but complex, professional tattoos that are much deeper will need 6-12 sessions.



What is the cost of Denver Laser Tattoo Removal?


Happy Clinic Denver, Colorado charges $99 minimum charge for the first 2 square inches and an additional $30 per square inch after 2 square inches.  For example, a tattoo covering 6 solid square inches would be $99 + $120 = $219.  A tattoo covering up to 2 solid square inches would be $99.  You may also elect to pay an "until it's gone price" - the price for 1 treatment x 6, all paid at once.


Can Any Tattoo Be Removed by a laser?


No not every tattoo can be removed completely, but the majority can be. Tattoos are meant to be permanent and with the newest ink technologies and advancement in tattooing skills, body art is even harder to remove. With any technology, there is a chance for residual effects with some tattoo removal cases.


How Does A Laser Remove a Tattoo?


Lasers work by directing energy toward ink in the skin with highly concentrated color filtered light beams. These laser beams break up ink particles into tiny fragments which are later cleared up by the body naturally. This process of fragmenting the ink particles requires numerous sessions depending on the depth of the ink level. The procedure is bloodless and no incisions are made. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin. With deeper penetration of the skin and multiple sessions however, the heat generated by the lasers may cause some discomfort.


What Determines The Success Of Denver Laser Tattoo Removal?


Complete removal of a tattoo is based on several things. The size, location, application, age, and ink color of the tattoo all factor in, as well as the health of the patient and thus their body's ability to heal. Newer tattoos are generally more difficult to remove.


Does Denver Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?


Unfortunately, tattoos are uncomfortable to have placed on the skin and they are just as uncomfortable when they are removed. To minimize the discomfort, the physician will recommend taking Tylenol a few hours before the procedure. Pain medications that thin blood and promote bruising are not recommended. To further decrease the pain, Dr. Phil Hong Nguyen, MD will place a numbing cream on the to be treated area 30 minute prior to treatment.  You will still feel a small rubber band snap during the treatment.  An icepack is also used during the treatment to reduce further discomfort and pain.


How Long Does Each Denver Laser Tatto Removal Treatment Take?


Denver Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments usually do not take more than a few minutes, yet this time frame varies greatly depending on the size and color of the tattoo. However, multiple sessions are required to remove most tattoos. The multiple sessions are usually split over 4-8 week periods.


Who Is A Candidate For Denver Laser Tattoo Removal?


Individuals with fair skin and superficially placed tattoos on the arms, chest, buttocks or legs are the best candidates. Tattoos on dark skinned individuals, or tattoos on the ankles or fingers, areas where there is less body fat, are the most difficult to treat and results are more variable. A thorough discussion with a tattoo removal specialist can better determine the potential success rate of Denver laser tattoo removal for any given tattoo and skin type. Consulting with a professional and reputable tattoo removal specialist who is experienced and understands the procedure is important to ensure proper treatment and candidacy.


How will my skin look post Denver Laser Tattoo Removal treatment?


There is usually a whitening of the skin that occurs during the laser tattoo removal treatment.  You will have a mild sunburn feeling afterwards.  An antibiotic ointment should be placed over the treated areas 3 times a day for the next 3 days, after which you should let the wound dry in the open.


When can I be treated again with the Denver Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment?


You must wait at least 6 weeks between laser tattoo removal treatments to let the skin fully heal.  Each laser tattoo removal treatment usually will reduce the intensity of the tattoo by 20-40%.  The tattoo will continue to fade even more as time passes.