Tattoo Removal

Although tattoos are considered stylish artwork for many, there may come a time when you choose to have yours removed for one reason or another. In these cases, laser tattoo removal at our Greater Houston, TX, dermatology locations offers an effective solution.

You have more laser options for removing tattoos today than ever. With the right device and a skilled dermatologist, you can fade or remove your tattoo and give your skin a fresh start.

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How does laser tattoo removal work?

The Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser is ideal for removing blue, gray, or black tattoos. This laser uses pulses of light to break down the tattoo’s pigmentation into small enough particles that the lymphatic system can flush them away.

Colored tattoos are a bit more difficult to remove, and it’s not always possible to fade them completely. However, the PicoSure laser is highly effective for minimizing colored tattoos and removing them altogether in many cases. It works the same way as a Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, but its faster wavelength works better for breaking up colored particles.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt?

Laser tattoo removal does not typically require any anesthesia. However, we do have local anesthesia and topical numbing creams available as necessary to make sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment.

What is laser tattoo removal recovery like?

There is no downtime after laser tattoo removal. You can return to your normal daily duties immediately afterward. You will need to apply sunscreen to the treated area and keep it out of direct sunlight as much as possible between sessions.

How many laser sessions does it take to completely remove a tattoo?

Most people need several sessions spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart to remove a tattoo. The exact number will depend on the size and coloration of the tattoo. The best way to plan your treatments is to consult with a board-certified dermatologist, who will make sure you are an ideal candidate and create a customized treatment timeline.

If you would like to learn more about Greater Houston laser tattoo removal treatments, please request a consultation online or call one of our experienced specialists at a location near you.

Before & After

tattoo removal before and after