Caddell's Laser & Electrolysis Clinic | Bellevue, WA | 425-998-0181

40 Lake Bellevue Drive, Suite 101
Bellevue, WA 98005


Tattoo Removal FAQ

Q:How Many Treatments Does it Take?
A:We cannot predict how many treatments will be needed to remove your tattoo.  There are several variables that determine how many treatments it takes.  The brand of ink is very important. Some inks lift very quickly while other inks are very resistant.  The older the tattoo, the easier it is to lift.  Shading comes out much faster than linework. Tribal tattoos are the most difficult to remove.

Q:Is the Procedure Painful?
You should expect pain during the treatment. This is most often described as a the feeling of hot bacon grease spattered on your skin.  A numbing cream applied to the skin can be used to minimize pain.

Q:How Much Does it Cost?
:Getting a tattoo removed is much more expensive than having one put on. The cost for Laser tattoo removal at Caddell's is based on time and because each treatment will take less and less time we lower the cost every three treatments. The size of the tattoo and the color of inks used determine the time it will take to remove each tattoo is different. Medical insurance generally doesn't pay for tattoo removal, since it is considered aesthetic or cosmetic in nature.
Q:What should I expect after the procedure?
A:The area may be red, as if mildly sunburned, for a couple of days. The area may be treated with an antibiotic ointment and a bandage applied.
People heal from tattoo removal or lightening one of three ways:
1. They experience flaky skin (most common).
2. Blisters may form on larger tattoo removals.
3. No visible response.
Recovery times depend on the extent of the treatment and the individual's capacity to heal. Redness and sensitivity may continue for several days. You should avoid exposing the treated area to the sun, as this may retard healing.

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