Tattoo Removal FAQ


Q. Can Enlighten be used on all skin types?
A. Yes, Enlighten is safe for all skin types. Individuals who are pregnant, on blood thinners or undergoing skin cancer treatment do not qualify to have laser tattoo removal.

Q. How does Enlighten tattoo removal compare to Picosure and other laser tattoo removal?
A. Most laser tattoo removal devices have multiple limitations:

  • They aren’t safe for ALL skin types (Picosure)
  • They don’t get ALL colors (most all other devices)
  • They don’t have pico technology (most devices) which cause a plateau in removal
  • They don’t have Q-switched technology (Picosure) which don’t remove black well
  • They don’t have a device that has both pico AND Q-switched (only Enlighten has both)
  • They go too superficial and can have side effects (Picosure)
  • They take on average 10-15, even 20 sessions (Enlighten is 3-6 sessions on average)

Q. If my tattoo has plateaued with other laser tattoo removal, can Enlighten lift it?
A. Yes. Enlighten is the one laser to lift to plateau where you no longer see results from other devices including Picosure.

Q. How many Enlighten laser treatments will it take to remove my tattoo?
A. Typically, a person will receive 3-6 treatments, however the FDA does not regulate tattoo ink so the number of treatments depends on the amount, type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin, as well as the location of the tattoo, and individual health considerations. Black ink usually fades the quickest out of multi-colored designs. There are no guarantees as to how many treatments you will need or how much lightening you will see with each treatment, but you can expect to see lightening with each treatment.

Q. How often should my tattoo be treated?
A. Treatments are spaced 4-8 weeks apart, depending on your skin type and where you are in your treatment cycle.

Q. Does the procedure hurt?
A. Most people describe the treatment as hot fast drops splattering with the pulse of the laser. Unlike the hours it takes to receive a tattoo, a 3-inch tattoo laser removal treatment time is a few minutes. A topical anesthetic is not needed prior to treatment as we recommend our cold therapy as this has been proven more effective for added comfort, and there is minimal to no pain after.

Q. Is Enlighten laser safe? Are there side effects?
A. Enlighten is an FDA-approved laser designed to provide a safe and comfortable procedure. Side effects can include blisters, pinpoint bleeding, hyper or hypopigmentation, texture changes, and possible infection or scarring.

Q. Can Enlighten laser remove cosmetic tattoos as well?
A. The enlighten is safe to treat the eyebrows and lip liner. It cannot be used to remove eye liner tattoos.

Q. When will I start seeing results from Enlighten laser tattoo removal?
A. Results vary person-to-person depending on the tattoo treated, but lightening will be seen each visit. Black, red, orange, yellow and green ink colors all respond well to treatment and now Lighter color tattoos such as purple, teal and light pink that were harder to treat and achieve 100 percent clearance of the tattoo –can NOW be achieved with the extra third wavelength. We cannot guarantee that all tattoos will disappear completely 100%.

Q. How much does Enlighten tattoo removal cost?
A. The cost varies based on the size of tattoo and the number of treatments needed. Other factors determining number of treatments needed include the color of the ink, type of ink, and the depth of a tattoo. High quality, professional tattoos may require more treatments since there is more ink and it reaches deeper in the skin.

Q. What Should I do to care for my tattoo after an Enlighten treatment?
A. In the first 24 hours you will want to apply ice periodically. You need to ensure the area is not rubbed or scratched. You will also need to rest and elevate the treated area, as well as limit activities. Avoid any soaking of the area including steam rooms, saunas, swimming pools and pedicure bowls until fully healed. Keep the tattoo moist with balm, and avoid scratching or rubbing the tattoo. After 24 hours, and until the tattoo area is healed, you can resume all activities except swimming. Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds at all times during your treatment course, and in general in the area 4 weeks pre/post treatment. Additional instructions will be given at your session.

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