Frequently asked tattoo removal questions.

Will laser therapy treatments hurt?

At Delete, all laser treatments are performed by certified, experienced physicians with lidocaine numbing available and the use of the Zimmer cooler, which cools the skin before, during and after treatment. The anesthesia numbs your skin and cooling the skin to 20C minimizes any discomfort.

I have dark skin. Will Delete's laser work for me?

Yes, it will. Our Picoway and AlexELETE lasers are safe and effective on all skin types.

How will my skin look after Delete's laser treatments?

Initially, you may see redness and possibly swelling. In rare cases, the skin might blister. Do not expose the treated area to sunlight following treatment. In nearly every case, once your treatment plan is completed, your skin will return to its original, blemish free, pre-tattoo condition, without scarring or remnant ink. Visit Results to view before and after images.

Why would I want to fade or remove my tattoo?

It's estimated that more than 50% of individuals who have a tattoo want it removed. Skin's elasticity and moisture decreases over time so today's tattoo may not look the same after five or more years. Sun exposure will distort the colors, and tattoos often stretch or sag depending on where they are located on the body. As your weight tends to fluctuate so will your tattoo, and the image will definitely distort. Tattoos change over time and many do not like the outcome. Many of our patients fade their old tattoo to make roon for new art work.

When considering tattoo removal, accurate information about treatment options and realistic expectations are important to achieve a successful outcome. 

Are there faster, cheaper methods for tattoo removal that are equally effective?

There are many techniques used to remove tattoos, including creams, different types of laser treatments, abrasion, scarification, and surgery. Though some of these can be effective, most leave a scar where your tattoo was before.  Laser tattoo removal is the safest, most widely recommended method by today's medical experts.

Do you sell tattoo removal creams?

No. None of the tattoo removal creams on the market are effective and safe. Ink pigment is embedded below the epidermal layer of your skin beyond the reach of tattoo removal creams. Some products contain a bleaching agent and actually can harm your skin.

How many treatments will it take until the tattoo is gone?

The revolutionary PicoWay's ultra-short picosecond pulses deliver the strong photoacoustic impact needed to shatter pigment particles using lower fluences, for better clearance in as few as 2-6 visits.  Every tattoo is unique, and while a few rare inks may not disappear completely or need additional treatments, the majority of inks can be removed safely and efficiently. Skin type, location, color, amount of ink, scarring or tissue change, layering, and age of your tattoo can influence how many treatments you will need. Delete's experts will use information you provide to quickly and accurately predict the number of treatments and the total cost of your removal. Ask about the Delete guarantee!

I have heard that green, orange and yellow are the hardest inks to remove. Can they be removed?

Yes, Delete's®  physicians leverage the PicoWay and AlexELETE by Syneron Candela lasers to remove even the most difficult colors. Our lasers are more complete, quicker and safer than older alternatives. Due to the different types of ink used and how deep your artist's work may have been placed, it is not always possible to remove 100% of every tattoo, but no one will be more innovative and experienced. Delete specializes in laser tattoo removal; we have to be the best.

I've tried laser tattoo removal before. Why didn't it work?

There could be any number of reasons. One key factor could be the type of laser that was used. Some lasers do not see blue ink, others red ink, and so on. If your practitioner used the wrong laser for your tattoo or if they used a low energy setting, large spot size, or short pulse width, your results are sub-optimal. Delete's physicians are often asked to complete unfinished treatments and remove tattoos worked on previously. Remember, there are those very rare tattoos that cannot be removed completely. At Delete, we are confident no one has better technology or more dedicated physicians.

Will my skin scab?

Other forms of tattoo removal burn the skin to break up the ink and bring it to the surface of the skin in a scab. Delete's cutting-edge lasers do not work this way. So you will not have a tattoo-sized, multi-colored scab. It is possible but unlikely for your skin to blister following a treatment. If it does blister, there may be a small, associated scab that needs to stay covered.

Will I have a scar where my tattoo/birthmark/freckle was?

Scarring is unlikely and only occurs in less than 3% of our tattoo removals. Excess heat associated with other less experienced laser removal options are avoided to protect you from scarring. If you do happen to blister, call our doctor and DO NOT pop the blister; that could cause a scar.
Most tattoo scarring is caused by an artist with a heavy hand.  Delete's CIT treatments have proven to remodel old tattoo scars and speed your body's ink removal process.


Have other tattoo removal questions? We'll be happy to answer your questions! Call 855-2DELETE. 

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About Delete:

Voted Best Tattoo Removal of Phoenix and opened in 2010, Delete -- Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon incorporates the latest in state-of-the-art laser technology and a trained team of certified medical physicians housed in a sleek comfortable environment. Delete provides both men and women a safe, convenient and affordable solution for tattoo removal. Offering fixed price packages based on tattoo size and design complexity, payment plans and financing options are available. To learn more about our salon, call 602.343.6355 or email us at

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