Removing a tattoo is an extremely personal decision; one you have likely wrestled with for years. At Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon, our team of dedicated physicians and staff will guide you through the process with care and attentiveness to achieve the best results possible.
Two of the most important considerations before having your tattoo removed is selecting the right team and the right laser. Tattoo removal is a specialty that requires skill and precision from a physician, as well as the right technology.
Committing to a tattoo of a lover’s name or your favorite sports team is an expression of who you are and what you are passionate about at that moment. Tattoos are permanent, but that is okay because you are positive you are going to feel that way forever. Unfortunately, for more than half of us, that is not always how it works out.
If you find yourself feeling stuck with a tattoo that no longer suits you, please take some time to learn about tattoo removal at Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon, as well as the potential questions that come along with this increasingly popular procedure.
About Our Lasers
Our laser tattoo removal treatments begin using the best industry-respected laser options. The PicoWay® by Syneron Candela, the world’s first and only dual laser that pulsates with higher levels of comfort, compared to other lasers. PicoWay delivers ultra-short picosecond pulses of energy to the tissue. These bursts of energy create a photo-mechanical impact, breaking up the tattoo ink or pigmentation into smaller, more easily eliminated particles.
PicoWay can delete the most intricate tattoo ink on a variety of skin tones and pigments. New in 2017, our tattoo removal salon is the only salon in the state of Arizona with access to PicoWay’s 785 nm wavelength. For our patients, this means blues, greens and purples are easier to remove.
We also safely and comfortably treats freckles, age spots, Nevus of Ota (blue facial birthmarks), Café au lait spots and birthmarks.
Common Questions About Tattoo Removal
When contemplating tattoo removal, you are bound to have questions. Because tattoo removal it is a medical procedure with severe implications for your body, you will want to make sure you have all the relevant information. ― Here are a few common questions our patients ask, along with the answers.
• How many sessions will it take to remove my tattoo?
Every procedure begins with a brief 20-minute consultation where a physician evaluates your tattoo, your general level of health, and what the process of removing your tattoo will look like.
Professionally created tattoos typically take six to ten sessions, while those tattooed by an amateur may be removed in two to six treatments.
The exact number of sessions needed depends on where on your body the tattoo is located, the colors used, depth of ink, and other specific health factors that our physician will discuss with you more thoroughly.
• Will it hurt to have my tattoo removed?
Because tattoo removal can be quite painful, you will want to choose a practitioner who uses the most modern equipment available and is board certified. Our PicoWay pico-second laser is more comfortable than older Q-switched technologies.
It leaves less of a “heat footprint”. It also destroys the ink photo-acoustically, which means far fewer complications are required compared to other lasers.
At Delete, our physicians offer the option of local anesthesia or topical anesthesia to minimize pain.
More than 90+% of our patients opt for injectable lidocaine, which requires an appropriately credentialed medical professional. Tattoo removal has become increasingly popular over the years because of our ability to manage the pain associated with the process.
• Does the procedure leave behind a scar?
Scarring is a common misconception about the tattoo removal process. Many people believe they are doomed to live with their tattoo or a scar in the shape of their tattoo. The truth is that an experienced practitioner working with a modern, properly calibrated PicoWay laser will typically leave behind no scarring.
Most tattoo scarring is caused by the original artist depositing the ink too deep into the skin. Technology has evolved, and there are a number of ways to minimize and erase scars. Check out our “Before & After” photos so you can see the amazing results achieved at Delete.
• What if I do not want the whole thing removed?
Sometimes you love the image in a tattoo, but hate the text that goes with it. Maybe you want the colors faded, so the tattoo is less noticeable, or wish to remove part of an image to make room for new body art.
This is easy! Modern technology like the PicoWay laser can accomplish these precise goals. Our physicians use the laser to target only the ink, leaving the skin unharmed.
How Does Tattoo Removal Work?
When you get a tattoo, the needle used by the artist injects ink deep into the skin to create the design you want. Over time, your body will start to naturally break down and dispose of the ink, which is why the art fades over time. Medical grade, cosmetic lasers are used to remove tattoos, and accelerates this process. The light from the laser breaks down the ink at a deep level, allowing the body to naturally carry it away..
Laser removal is the most common and safest method of removing a tattoo. However, there are other available options―most of which are more invasive and riskier of infection and/or scarring. Surgical removal involves cutting away the tattoo and stitching the skin back together. Therefore, it leaves a scar and is typically only an option for small-sized tattoos.
Dermabrasion, otherwise known as the sanding down of the skin, is another possible method of removal. However, dermabrasion leaves the skin raw and sore for at least two to three weeks.
Even if the procedure is flawless, the results are typically scarred. This may only work for very superficial and amateur tattoos. As dermabrasion is often ineffective, this procedure is never really the best choice for removing a tattoo.
While you may see offers online or in the drug store for over-the-counter creams that supposedly remove tattoos, these are generally ineffective as well. Claiming “FDA Approved” does not mean that it is “FDA Approved“ to remove tattoos.
If there were a topical solution available that worked, we would embrace it! While these topical solutions may slightly fade the colors, they will not remove the image altogether. You can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on tattoo removal creams, and still not achieve the results you want.
When You’re Ready to Get Started
For many of our patients, taking that first step is the hardest part. That is why we offer a free, no pressure consultation with one of our physicians before beginning the tattoo removal process.
You will receive a personalized treatment plan, and have an opportunity to have all your questions answered before you ever commit to spending a cent. If you are living with tattoo regret, visit Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon to learn about your options today.
About Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon
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.