Laser Tattoo Removal

Many people have second thoughts about their tattoos. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with your decision forever. Highly precise lasers can lighten or remove your tattoo by focusing or pulsing light on the ink particles, which then convert the energy to heat and break up into tiny pieces that are absorbed harmlessly by the body. All this can be accomplished without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Candidates for Laser Tattoo Removal

Ideal candidates for laser tattoo removal are typically fair-skinned individuals whose tattoos are on areas with a greater concentration of body fat, such as the arms, legs, buttocks or chest. Laser tattoo removal may not be as effective on areas with minimal body fat, as well as on dark-skinned individuals. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations and discuss their desires and concerns with Dr. Parker or Dr. Meek.

Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

Before the laser tattoo removal procedure begins, you will be given a shield to protect your eyes from the laser. Dr. Parker or Dr. Meek will then test your skin’s response to the laser to determine the most effective approach. A probe will then be triggered against your tattoo, and pulses are sent from the laser onto your tattoo. Some patients may experience moderate discomfort.  Each laser tattoo removal session varies in time depending on the size and colors of the tattoo.

Recovery from Laser Tattoo Removal

After the treatment, a topical antibiotic and bandage will be applied to the area. Patients are advised to keep the skin around the tattoo area dry and to treat the area as if it were sunburned.

Results of Laser Tattoo Removal

Depending on the complexity of an individual’s tattoo, the results of laser tattoo removal may vary. Individuals with simple tattoos may be rid of their tattoo within four treatment sessions, while more complicated tattoos may require ten or more treatment sessions. Laser tattoo removal is the most effective method of removing tattoos with minimal risks.

Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal

There are certain side effects associated with laser tattoo removal, although they rarely occur. These side effects may include hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Infection, a sunburned appearance, or permanent scarring may also occur. Most people, however, achieve successful results from laser tattoo removal and experience no side effects.



The Parker Skin & Aesthetic Clinic is dedicated to providing the highest level of expertise regarding skin care and cosmetic services, enabling you to confidently look and feel your best. We would like to welcome you into an environment where all members of our team of physicians, nurses and aestheticians are available to best meet your personal needs - whether simple or complex. We are committed to continue bringing Northeast Ohio the latest laser technology and the best skin care products and procedures that science has to offer. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.