Charles H. Hutchins, M.D.Triple board-certified physician


(704) 867-7212750 Cox Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054

Tattoo Removal

Laser Skin Care provides professional, medically supervised laser tattoo removal. Our lasers, Medlite® C3 Laser as well as the Candela™ Alexandrite Laser, target an array of tattoo ink colors. The addition of local anesthetic provides a comfortable treatment experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the laser remove the tattoo?
The laser works by selectively targeting the pigment of the tattoo. Tattoo lasers are Q-switched, meaning that they produce thousands of short, powerful bursts of light per second to break up the packets of tattoo pigment into smaller particles. The macrophages (scavenger white blood cells that roam around through the tissue like little “Pacmen”) carry away the smaller particles of pigment for elimination by way of the lymphatic system.

How Many Sessions Are Needed?
Laser tattoo removal usually requires approximately six to eight sessions, depending on the color and type of ink. On the average, professional tattoos require six to eight treatments, whereas amateur tattoos usually require four to five treatments. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin.
Intervals of six to ten weeks are allowed between sessions in order to allow time for the pigment residue to be absorbed by the lymphatic system.

What type of tattoos can be removed?
Our lasers can remove professional, amateur, traumatic, and surgical tattoos. All colors can be treated.

Does the laser remove colored tattoos?
Dark (blue, black) and red inks will resolve the best. Oranges and purples usually fade as well. Green, turquoise, and aqua inks require more sessions and are treated with the Alexandrite Laser.

Will the tattoo completely disappear?
In many cases, yes. Generally, more than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is important to know that there are many, many types of tattoo inks in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink was used, or how deeply it was applied, makes it impossible for the medical staff to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo.

Is the process painful?
The laser emits light in very short pulses. The impact of the energy from the power pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. We use a special numbing technique before treatment to render the procedure virtually painless.

What type of post-treatment care is necessary?
Usually, an antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area immediately after treatment. The treatment area should be kept clean with a continued application of ointment. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated are should not be scrubbed.

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