About Tattoo Removal
Out of 45 million individuals with at least one tattoo, studies indicate that over 17% regret their decision. With tattoo removal procedures increasing at a rate of over 32% from 2011-2012, a study by the Patients Guide highlights the ease and accessibility of removing unwanted tattoos.
Whether your tattoo is hindering you from getting a job, keeping you from a well-deserved promotion or a symbol of a different time in your life, Unink Tattoo Removal can help. Dedicated exclusively to tattoo removal, UnInk is passionate about helping you start over with clear, unblemished skin, with no remaining ink or scarred tissue.
In the past, tattoo removal was considered painful, time consuming, and had unfavorable outcomes such as scarring and permanent pigment change. With the use of Q-Switch laser technology those reactions are a thing of the past. Our Revlite laser technology is fast and safe for use on all skin types. With recent innovations in laser technology, our technicians can address needs specific to those more difficult colors, and most tattoos can be removed to restore your original skin tone and texture.
Schedule a consultation with one of our certified laser specialists today and be on your way to the fresh start your skin deserves!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSDo you charge for consultations?
What is the consultation process and can I get a treatment that same day?
Your initial visit will include reviewing health history, measuring and evaluating the tattoo, discussing the process including possible adverse reactions, answering questions and determining the price per treatment. As a commitment to our patients, individuals that are a candidate for tattoo removal will always have the option to start treatment the same day of the consultation.
No, we feel education is an integral part of the tattoo removal process. We want our patients to feel comfortable with the process before committing financially.
How does laser tattoo removal Work?Can all colors be removed?
Color specific energy is applied to the tattooed area of skin. The large ink molecules located in the second layer of your skin absorb the energy and break the ink up into smaller particles that are then absorbed and processed out through your immune system.
Most colors can be fully removed and all will fade significantly. Black is the easiest, followed by red. Light blue, green and yellow are the most difficult colors to remove and will require more treatments and color specific wavelengths for best results.Will laser tattoo removal leave a scar?
No, the laser energy acts like a magnet and is attracted only to the ink in your skin leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. Scarring occurs in less than 5% of tattoo removal patients and is typically only seen in those with a predisposition to keloid or hypertrophic scars. Our technicians review these case types specifically prior to suggesting treatment options.
Will my tattoo be completely gone?How many treatments will I need?
In most cases, yes however, there are over 100 tattoo inks on the market, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Without a standardization of ink it would be difficult to accurately predict the degree of removal in every tattoo.
Every tattoo is unique to the individual, and will require a different amount of treatment. The most accurate estimate will come from a personal evaluation of your tattoo by one of our technicians. The location, color, age, amount of ink, depth of ink as well as each individuals skin type and personal health will all be taken into consideration when determining the number of treatments needed for removal. On average a professional tattoo requires 8-12 treatments and an amateur tattoo requires 3-5.
Does it hurt? How often can I get a treatment?
While every individual experiences pain differently we take every precaution to make the process as comfortable as possible. Through topical numbing prior to treatment and use of the Zimmer Cryo 6 in treatment most patients do not experience a large amount of discomfort. For those more sensitive patients we do offer the option to purchase numbing cream that can be applied 30 minutes prior to treatment.
We recommend treatment every 8 weeks. On the surface your skin may look healed within 1-2 weeks however, with 95% of your removal being an internal process we prefer to give your body time to do what it does best and process out the ink naturally. More frequent treatments will not make your ink disappear faster but in turn will increase your risk for pigment change and scarring.What will my tattoo look like after each treatment?
Post treatment your tattoo may look a little angry. Redness, scabbing and blistering are all common temporary outcomes of laser removal. If you follow all the aftercare guidelines given to you by your tattoo removal technician your skin should heal within 5-7 days. You will notice from week to week in between treatments your tattoo will get significantly lighter. Though these results are more pronounced during your first few treatments. Your tattoo will become lighter with each session.What should I expect after each treatment?
Most patients do not experience any down time with their treatments. To ensure healthy healing avoid direct sun exposure to the tattooed area, pools, hot tubs and saunas for the first week. Each patient will receive an aftercare kit with detailed instructions and will have access to our 24-hour aftercare hotline for any additional questions.Can you remove permanent makeup?
Yes, most permanent makeup can be successfully removed. However, some cosmetic ink has a metallic base, which will cause it to turn black upon contact with laser. This discoloration can be permanent therefore a test spot will always be required prior to treatment.
Do you offer the R20 Method of removal?
Yes, however the R20 Method is not a suitable treatment option for all tattoos and skin types. A consultation will be required to determine if the R20 Method is the right choice for you and your tattoo.
The Laser Tattoo Removal Process
When you get a tattoo, a large ink molecule is deposited into the second layer of your skin. Though the tattoo may fade slightly over time, due to sun exposure and other internal factors, your tattoo is meant to be permanent.
With a specific wavelength of energy emitted from a laser at a very fast frequency the ink is targeted, leaving your surrounding tissue unharmed. The energy from the laser breaks up the large ink molecule into small fragments and is then absorbed and processed out naturally through your immune system. With approximately 95% of your ink processed out internally and the other 5% processed out through any scabbing, blistering, or skin cell turnover it is important to give your body time to do what it does best. We recommend a minimum of 8 weeks between each treatment. Though on the surface of your skin you may look fully healed, your body is still working around the clock to process out your unwanted ink. You will notice with each week in-between treatments your tattoo will become lighter than the week before. Shading will always fade first and is typically gone in the first few treatments. Outlines will start to break up next and are followed by a progressive fading in the more dense black and any colored ink present. Different colors will require specific wavelengths to effectively achieve full removal.
We are proud to offer the latest advancement in tattoo removal. Developed in 2011 by Dr. Theodora Kossida in Greece, the R20 method can greatly decrease the number of treatments required to remove a tattoo, in some cases requiring only a single treatment.
The R20 method is NOT a laser but rather a tattoo removal technique. The method employs multiple passes to a single tattoo spaced 20 minutes apart to achieve greater ink reduction then the commonly used single pass method.
The R20 study was only done on 18 tattoos on 12 patients. Most were black amateur tattoos, and did not include much color or professional tattoos done in a shop. Due to the size of the study and tattoos treated there is much more research that will need to be done to perfect this method.
Though in the original study 4 passes were used, others who have explored this method have found that 2 passes was almost as effective with less damage to the skin. Not every tattoo is a candidate for this method, if you are interested in the R20 method be sure to let your specialist know during your consultation!