Tattoo Removal FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q1 ) Can multi-colored tattoos be fully removed?

In most situations yes, but not always. We use the ConBio RevLite laser which is the gold standard for tattoo removal1. It has 4 wavelengths to remove all colors of ink. Some colors are more difficult to remove such as blue and green and may require additional treatments. Some colors, such as white and pink, cannot be removed2.


Q2 ) How many treatments does it require?

On average, tattoos take between 5 and 15 treatments.3 Variables such as color, ink type, skin color, location and age of tattoo affect how many treatments a patient will need. We will evaluate the patient’s tattoo at their consultation and let them know how many treatments they can expect.


Q3 ) Will my tattoo lighten with one treatment?

You can expect to see the tattoo lighten within the first 3 treatments. Some people will see this after one treatment and for others it may take longer. Everyone responds differently.


Q4 ) What are the limitations after treatment?

Patients should limit the amount of physical activity and sun exposure for the first 24 hours. If the body gets too overheated, it can cause the tattoo to blister. Showers can be taken but only if they are lukewarm and use mild soap.


Q5 ) Can I have just a piece of the tattoo removed?

Yes, the laser is accurate and can remove unwanted parts of tattoos.


Q6 ) Does it hurt?

This procedure is slightly more uncomfortable than getting a tattoo, however it is extremely fast3.


Q7 ) Does insurance cover this procedure?

Unfortunately, insurance does not cover this procedure. We do have other payment options that we can discuss with patients at their free consultation. There is additional payment information on our pricing page.


Q8 ) I got my tattoo one week ago. Can I have it removed right now?

Unfortunately, no. Patients must wait 6 weeks after a tattoo has been put on to start the removal process.


Q9 ) Will I blister and scab afterwards?

Blisters and scabs are normal. Patients should not pop or pick at them. If it is bothering a patient, they can call us to come in and have it drained. If the blister pops on its own, keep the skin over it and cover with Aquaphor and gauze. This is to promote healing and to prevent scarring.


Q10 ) Does the laser cause scarring?

Most of the time no, but patients must be compliant with aftercare instructions.


1. Hutton, Carlsen (2017). Tattoo removal by Q-switched yttrium aluminum garnet laser: client satisfaction. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 2017; 31(5): Pages 904-909.
2. Leong, Hock. (2006). Treatment of acquired bilateral nevus of ota-like macules (Hori’s Nevus) with combination 532nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser followed by 1064nm Q-switched Nd:YAG is more effective: Prospective Study. Dermatologic Surgery. 2006; 32: Pages 34-40.
3. Williams, N (2014). Quality-switched laser tattoo removal. Journal of American Academy of PAs. 2014; 27(6): Pages 53-56.
4. Klein, A (2014). An Internet-based survey on characteristics of laser tattoo removal and associated side effects. Lasers in Medical Science. 2014; 29(2): Pages 729-738.
About the Author

Shayna Flash, PA-C, MPH

Shayna Flash is a licensed Physician Assistant and Senior Cosmetic Laser Practitioner certified by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. With more than 14 years of laser experience, Shayna administers treatment for laser hair removal, tattoo removal, vein treatments and skin rejuvenation procedures. She also currently sits on the Georgia Composite Medical Board’s Cosmetic Laser Services Advisory Committee that develops rules, regulations, and application materials for both Senior and Assistant practitioner levels of licensure.