Frequently Asked Questions

Laser tattoo removal is a big decision and requires a lot of research, time, and commitment. With that comes a handful of questions and inquiries. We hope this list of frequently asked questions will provide you with answers about the procedure and our clinic.

Does the treatment hurt?

Laser tattoo removal is not painless, however it is very tolerable. Many patients have compared the procedure to that of a rubber band being snapped against their skin. The bright side to laser tattoo removal is that each treatment is relatively short. Depending on the size of the tattoo being treated, most treatments take between 30 seconds to 10 minutes—much shorter than having a tattoo applied. In addition, our Astanza Duality offers the highest technology for pain control. Our experts at Madison Laser Tattoo Removal can also provide numbing solutions to patients seeking maximized comfort.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies per patient. Each person has a unique tattoo and each tattoo has different elements. The number of treatments depends on various factors including:
-Age of tattoo | -Depth of ink | -Tattoo colors | -Location on body | -Type of ink used | -Pre-existing scarring | -Patient’s health |
All of these factors will be discussed in your consultation to determine the number of treatments you will need. Most tattoos need about 5 to 10 treatments for complete removal while others may only need 3 to 4 treatments. We require you to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before receiving another treatment to allow their body to heal. You will noticeably see your tattoo fade after each treatment until it returns to the ink-free skin it once was. Our Astanza Duality laser is specifically engineered to shatter ink faster and better, ensuring fewer total treatments for all of our patients.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects that patients experience are temporary redness of the treated area, swelling, tenderness, blisters, and scabs. We highly advise all patients to resist picking or popping of any scabs or blisters. Laser tattoo removal is a highly advanced procedure that guarantees no scarring. However, scarring may occur if you pick or pop the treated area while it heals. These side effects are temporary and are signs that your skin is healing. To learn how to properly take care of your skin after treatment, visit our aftercare instructions page.

Can you fade my tattoo for a cover-up?

At Madison Laser Tattoo Removal, we provide complete tattoo removal, fading of tattoos in preparation for a cover-up tattoo, and partial removal for patients wanting to remove a specific portion of their tattoo. A cover-up tattoo is exactly what it sounds like—it is a tattoo that covers up an original tattoo. Many people get cover-ups on unwanted tattoos to completely hide the tattoo with a new design or to add features to an existing tattoo. However, cover-ups are generally hard to do if a tattoo is very dark. Laser tattoo removal is great for cover-ups because it makes it easier for a tattoo artist to completely cover the preexisting ink

How much does it cost?

Pricing quotes depend on the patient and are based on the size of the tattoo(s) being treated. Larger tattoos tend to cost more than smaller ones because they require more treatments. We offer competitive pricing and special discounts at Madison Laser Tattoo Removal, just call to get started!

What is discussed during my consultation?

A consultation is the first step in getting your tattoo removed and is required before receiving any laser treatment. At your consultation we will evaluate your tattoo, discuss your health, review the procedure, determine the price per treatment, and answer any additional questions you may have. You can decide to start treatment immediately following your consultation or can schedule your first treatment for another day. All consultations and tattoo assessments at Madison Laser Tattoo Removal are free