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Most Frequently Asked Questions From Tattoo Removal Patients

Tattoo Removal 

Most Frequently Asked Questions From Tattoo Removal PatientsInitial consultation for tattoo removal is an important experience for most patients. You should know the right questions to ask to make the consultation as productive as possible.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides laser tattoo removal to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.

How Long Does the Tattoo Removal Process Take?

The time taken during the tattoo removal process is a primary concern for most patients. Many patients want to remove visible tattoos before particular events, like before enlisting in the military or their wedding. However, your body can take up to a whole year to completely remove the ink. Your treatment provider will look at your tattoo to set expectations about the duration.

Most experts recommend waiting at least 6 weeks between two laser treatment sessions. This is to allow your skin enough healing time between treatments. For darker complexions, the minimum waiting time is at least 8 weeks.

Will the Tattoo Removal Process Hurt?

There is some level of pain involved in laser tattoo removal. However, it hurts less than you would expect. There is a common misconception among people that having your tattoo removed can be an excruciating experience. Most patients claim that the sensation of removing a tattoo is similar to getting a tattoo in the first place.

Common descriptions of pain during tattoo removal range from bacon grease or rubber band snapping. Basically, the pain is uncomfortable but not unbearable.

Experienced and skilled tattoo removal professionals will apply a soothing gel to the skin during treatment. They offer skin numbing options to provide enhanced patient care, stay competitive, and have higher satisfaction rates.

Will the Removal Leave a Scar?

Many people are unaware that scarring following a tattoo removal procedure is usually left over from the time when the tattoo was first applied. Scarring is uncommon after mild laser treatment if proper patient aftercare and laser protocol is utilized. However, pre-existing scarring from the initial tattoo application is quite common.

The ink will be eliminated by your body’s natural process once the tattoo removal process is complete. However, scarring from the original tattoo may likely remain.

Can Laser Treatment Be Used for Tattoo Revision?

All tattoo removal treatment providers encounter patients that don’t want the entire tattoo to be removed – they just want a portion of it revised. Skilled laser specialists can perform tattoo revisions. The treatment provider will precisely treat the areas that need to be removed. They may fire the laser at lower repetition rates for treating the specific areas.

What are the Side Effects of Tattoo Removal?

Side effects are an expected part of the tattoo removal process. In fact, few of these side effects are because of the body’s natural immune response. It is necessary for eliminating broken ink fragments from the skin.

Common side effects include:

  • Blistering
  • Scabs
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for laser tattoo removal procedures.

Contact Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) in Rancho Mirage, California

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

See Dr. Q on Dr. 90210

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills CA, and other Southern California areas.

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