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How does tattoo removal work?
How does tattoo removal work?
When we get a tattoo, we intend for it to be permanent. However, life happens, changes come in our life and sometimes we end up with “TATTOO REGRET”!  Recent advances in laser technology have increased both the safety and effectiveness of Laser Tattoo Removal.  Wichita Laser Clinic uses the a Q-Switched Nd:Yag Laser, the gold-standard in non-invasive laser tattoo removal for your unwanted ink. Using this latest technology, the laser delivers a high-powered, very short, pulsed beam of light at specific wavelengths (532nm and 1064nm). The laser emits a focused beam of light, which passes through the outer layer of the skin and is absorbed primarily by the tattoo ink. The light is converted into heat, which breaks the ink into tiny particles. The ink fragments are carried away by the body’s lymphatic system.  The tattoo will then fade over a serious of treatments.

What is involved?
We will first go over your health history and evaluate your tattoo.  Then we will go over the process, risks-benefits-options and answer any questions you may have. Lastly, we will establish price per treatment or package/payment options.

Is it painful?
Most clients describe the discomfort level as equivalent to getting the tattoo applied (or slightly more painful). Some describe it as feeling like a rubberband snapping on the skin.  It is a SUPER FAST procedure though, so you will not be sitting for long, as you did when getting the tattoo.  Most procedures are just a few minutes, or slightly more for larger tattoos.

How many treatments will I need?
Many factors influence how many treatments will be needed for each individual such as:
•    Age of the tattoo
•    Pigment type
•    Depth
•    Color of ink
•    Skin color
•    Location of tattoo
•    How much water you drink
•    Professional vs amateur tattoo
•    Smoking
•    Strength of your immune system
 Although it is impossible to determine exactly how many treatments will be needed, the average is between 6-10 treatments. Some will take less, while others may take a few more, especially tattoos located on extremities of the body (wrists/hands/lower legs/feet).

How long between each tattoo removal treatment?
To protect the skin, tattoo removal treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart for best results and will generally require multiple treatments.  Many clinics space treatments only 4 weeks apart. This may mean more income for them, but does not necessarily product faster results.  It has been shown that 6-8 weeks should be the standard time (or longer) in between treatments. 

Will tattoo removal scar?
Contrary to popular belief, it is very rare to scar from getting a tattoo removed. A scar shouldn’t be left when using the correct type of laser. It is safe and effective on ALL skin types and has been successful in treating almost all colors. Tattooing itself may scar or change skin texture, an effect often hidden by the dyes. If laser removal uncovers skin changes, you may be left with what looks like a “ghost” of your old tattoo, although rare. Of course, it is important to follow aftercare recommendations to ensure a fast and healthy healing process.

How much does it cost?
We are proud to offer some of the best pricing in Kansas! We do our best to keep our pricing lower and more affordable than most places in Kansas and surrounding states.  Pricing is determined by the size of the tattoo. An estimated price per treatment can be given once the size of the tattoo is given via phone call, text or email. A breakdown can also be seen on our website We do offer “in between” pricing on sizes, although not listed on our site.
We offer HERO discounts for Police Officers, Firemen, EMT, Veterans and Active Military.
Refer a friend – Get $50 off your next tattoo treatment AND your friend gets $50 off their first treatment!

We also offer package discounts for multiple treatments purchased up front.

NEW!! We are now offering payment plan options OR a chance for 20% off entire removal process if paid in one payment (skin analysis required to determine final price).

How long does it generally take to fully remove a tattoo?
We all want instant results, but laser tattoo removal takes time and patience! Your body’s natural immune system rids your body of the ink once the laser breaks it into tiny fragments, which can take the body 6-8 weeks to do. In all the years doing tattoo removal, we have found that most tattoos are removed in 1 to 1 ½ years.

Can I get partial removal or just fade my tattoo?
ABSOLUTELY! We realize that you may love your tattoo, but just want a specific part of it removed. There are also several clients that have changed their tastes over time and just want to fade their tattoo enough to get it covered with a new one.

Can all colors be removed with tattoo removal?
A few colors – some greens, light blue and teal/turquoise – can be more difficult to remove.

Is there a guarantee that my tattoo will be removed 100%?
Removed 100%? If someone guarantees 100% removal of a tattoo by laser, I would be very leery. Can MOST tattoos be removed fully – YES -however, there is no way to guarantee it.  There are too many factors involved to make such a claim. We like to be up front so that you know ALL risks before making the decision to remove your tattoo.
Stephanie Russell
Wichita Laser Clinic
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