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Laser Tattoo Removal

Pittsburgh, PA

Tattoo Removal technology has made it easier, faster and more affordable to remove unwanted tattoos from the face and body.  In Pittsburgh, tattoo removal with the MedLite® C6 Q-Switch Yag laser offers better cosmetic results, less discomfort during treatment and a much lower chance of residual scarring when compared to other technologies for tattoo removal.

Offering only the most advanced technology to our clients, tattoo removal is performed using the MedLite® C6 Yag laser; which is considered the "Gold Standard" of laser tattoo removal for its multiple wavelengths of laser energy providing unparalleled versatility to remove the broadest spectrum of ink colors.

In Pittsburgh, tattoo removal is performed in our Wexford, Shadyside and Mt. Lebanon med spa locations.

Treatment Information

A tattoo removal treatment with the MedLite laser emits varying wavelengths of laser energy to remove or significantly lighten the widest variety of tattoo inks in the fewest number of sessions.  While the number of treatments depend on a variety of factors, typically eight to ten treatments are needed to remove or significantly lighten the tattoo. 

Tattoo removal treatment will vary depending upon:

• Age of tattoo

• Size of tattoo

• Type of tattoo (amateur or professional)

• Ink color

• Skin color

A tattoo removal treatment with the MedLite laser emits varying wavelengths of laser energy to remove or significantly lighten the widest variety of tattoo inks in the fewest number of sessions.  While the number of treatments depend on a variety of factors, typically eight to ten treatments are needed to remove or significantly lighten the tattoo. 

Tattoo removal treatment will vary depending upon:

• Age of tattoo

• Size of tattoo

• Type of tattoo (amateur or professional)

• Ink color

• Skin color

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Is tattoo removal painful?
The Medlite tattoo removal laser emits energy in very short flashes called pulses. The impact of the energy from the pulses is often compared to feeling a series of thin rubber band snaps against the skin. A topical anesthetic ointment is routinely applied prior to the tattoo removal treatment to alleviate any discomfort and injectable anesthetics are an option for individuals who may be more sensitive. Most individuals describe their laser tattoo removal treatment as more comfortable than expected.
Does laser tattoo removal work?
Most tattoos can be completely removed; however, in some cases, 90-95 percent fading can be expected. During consultation, a medical provider will assess the tattoo and ask specific questions that will help determine the outcome of the treatment. It is important to keep in mind, over 100 tattoo inks are in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which type of tattoo ink, how deep or how much was used make it impossible to accurately predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo. Dark inks (blue/black) and red inks fade the best while oranges and purples usually respond well. Blue and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, although additional treatments can produce significant fading.
What does laser tattoo removal cost?
The cost for laser tattoo removal depends again on the size, color, age and type of tattoo. Typically, 8 to 10 treatment sessions are needed to remove or significantly lighten most tattoos. Because the cost of the tattoo removal will depend on the color, size and age of your tattoo the treatment plan, and ultimately the cost of tattoo removal, will be determined during your private consultation.
Aren't tattoo removal creams just as effective as laser tattoo removal?
No, they are not. Tattoo removal cream may help to lighten or fade a tattoo, but not significantly. Because tattoo ink is placed below the skin's surface, creams and lotions simply won't penetrate deep enough into the skin to have a profound impact on the tattoo. If anything, the tattoo removal cream may lighten the surface of the tattoo. Laser tattoo removal is the only effective treatment.
Do I need to stay out of the sun during my tattoo removal treatment?
The area treated will need to be protected from direct sun exposure, either by clothing or sunscreen, two weeks prior to the tattoo removal treatment and two weeks following the treatment.
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