Laser Tattoo Removal Frequently Asked Questions

How many treatments will I need?

Because every tattoo is unique and every person heals at different rates, there is no definitive answer to this question. Most patients need between 5 to 10 treatments before seeing complete removal, whereas older, more faded tattoos may only need 3 to 4 treatments. 1 Point Tattoo uses a variety of factors to assess your tattoo and best determine the specific number of treatments your tattoo will need. These factors include:

  • Age of tattoo
  • Size of tattoo
  • Ink colors
  • Depth of ink
  • Density of ink
  • Tattoo location
  • Pre-existing scarring
  • Patient health

How long will it take to completely remove my tattoo?

Multiple treatments are needed to achieve complete removal. Each treatment is spaced a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks to allow your skin enough time to heal before the next session. This waiting period is necessary for your skin’s safety. Because every patient reacts differently to treatment, some patients may heal faster than others. That being said, your tattoo may take a few months to completely remove while others may take up to a year. The rate at which your tattoo fades and heals relies solely on your immune system. Patients are advised to maintain a healthy immune system through exercise and drinking water; doing so can speed up the fading process.

Does the laser hurt?

Many laser tattoo removal patients have compared the laser to a rubber band being snapped against the skin. Other patients have equated the laser sensation to a tattoo gun. Every patient will experience a different reaction based on their pain threshold, however, if you can sit through having a tattoo applied, you can definitely tolerate having one removed. Luckily, laser tattoo removal treatments last anywhere from 1 to 20 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo being treated. 1 Point Tattoo provides skin numbing solutions to help mitigate any pain associated with the laser.

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

1 Point Tattoo provides affordable and competitive pricing to help meet the needs of your budget. We determine the price per treatment based off of the size of the tattoo being removed. All consultations are free of charge to help familiarize patients with the procedure and also figure out a pricing plan that works best for them and their skin. Treatment packages are also offered.

Are there any side effects?

Laser tattoo removal is the safest method for removing unwanted ink from the skin. It is a noninvasive procedure that uses light energy to penetrate deep into the skin without damaging any of the surrounding skin tissue. The most common side effects that patients experience are redness, swelling, scabbing, blistering, itchiness, and skin discoloration. All of these side effects are temporary and heal over the weeks following a treatment. Our Duality laser is specially designed to decrease treatment overlap, minimizing the risk of unwanted side effects and eliminating any chances of scarring.

Can you fade my tattoo for a cover-up?

Definitely! Our background in tattooing gives us an advantage over other tattoo removal shops due to our deep understanding of ink-skin interaction. Cover-ups are another great option for dealing with unwanted tattoos. However, cover-ups can be difficult to apply when the existing tattoo contains a lot of dark ink. Fading a tattoo down gives tattoo artists more flexibility with their artwork due to the lightened canvas. Patients interested in lightening their tattoo through laser tattoo removal only need 1 to 2 treatments before seeing necessary fading. Let us know if you’re interested in getting a cover-up tattoo and we’ll connect you with one of 1 Point Tattoo’s many talented artists.


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