Frequently Asked Questions

How are tattoos removed?

Q-Switched Nd:YAG & Pico lasers are used to target the pigment in tattoo ink that resides below the skins surface and fragment it into small pieces.  Your body’s immune system will then absorb, break down and dispose of the ink.  Topical tattoo removal creams sold over the counter are extremely ineffective at removing tattoos. no clinical study to date has shown they actually work.

Is there a consultation fee?

No, we do not charge a consultation fee and can often do a portion of it over the phone if you are not local.

How much does the treatment cost?

Clean Slate Ink determines the price of each treatment based on the size of your tattoo. Our prices start as low as $99 and all consultations are complimentary. We also offer treatment packages and special discounts to reduce the overall cost of treatment. Visit our pricing page for more information.

I just got tattooed and hate it, when can I start removal?

At a minimum, 6 weeks is required before we will start treatment. During this time, please follow any and all aftercare provided by your tattoo artist to ensure proper healing of your fresh tattoo.

Is laser tattoo removal painful?

Each person perceives pain differently, so there is no definitive answer.  There will be some mild discomfort that is often associated with a hot rubber band being snapped on the skin.  Within minutes of the procedure being finished, most clients report little to no discomfort at all.

How many treatments are needed?

The age, location and quality of the tattoo and colors used, combined with your body’s ability to dispose of the ink will determine the total number of treatments needed.  For complete* tattoo removal, an average of 4-12 laser tattoo removal treatments may be needed, however every person and tattoo is unique and some might require more while others require less.  For tattoos that will be covered up, an average of 2-4 laser tattoo removal treatments will be needed, depending on the size and pigment density of your current piece, the desired cover-up tattoo and how comfortable your artists is doing the new tattoo.  We will work with you and your tattoo artist to determine how many tattoo removal treatments will be needed.  Homemade tattoos often require as little as 2-4 laser tattoo removal treatments to completely remove, however each tattoo on each person is unique and there will be some variance.

How long do I have to wait between treatments?

Each tattoo is unique and every one requires special considerations which will be covered during the initial consult.  As a general guideline treatments will be scheduled 6-8 weeks apart initially.  Depending on factors such as pigment saturation, skin type and tattoos that are cover-ups (one tattoo over another), treatments could be longer spaced apart, depending on the circumstances.

Will my tattoo be completely removed?

In most cases 90-95% pigment eradication can be reached, meaning most people wouldn’t know you ever had a tattoo.  There are no FDA regulations on tattoo ink and several hundred different colors, manufactures and formulas so each tattoo fades at a different rate.  Some colors may require more treatments to remove.  There is also a possibility that a small amount of pigment may remain in the skin, typically we call this ghosting and for most clients, this is acceptable to be considered a removed tattoo.

What if I only want to lighten my tattoo / get it covered?

Choosing to have your tattoo lightened prior to a cover up will result in a much better quality final tattoo, and is often suggested by tattoo artists.  We can stop treatments when your tattoo artists is happy with the results and confident they can give you the tattoo you desire.

Will there be any scarring?

The chances of scaring are very low, however it is possible if the aftercare instructions are not followed.  There is a slight possibility of hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation, which will be covered during your initial consultation.  Preexisting scars present prior to laser tattoo removal will still be there after treatments, only the inks will be targeted and effected.

Can I have only part of my tattoo removed?

Yes.  Often times there is a portion of a tattoo that you would like removed and / or covered, and we can target just those portions of your tattoo.

How long do tattoo removal treatments take?

For most tattoos, between 30 seconds and a few minutes.  Office visits are booked on the half hour to allow for enough time to do an initial consultation, complete a treatment and thoroughly cover aftercare.

Are there any side effects?

Patients may experience temporary redness, itchiness, swelling, scabbing, and blistering following a treatment. All of these side effects are natural reactions to the laser and heal with proper aftercare. Our Trinity laser is FDA-approved and delivers safe treatments without any scarring. Patients are highly advised to follow aftercare instructions outside of our clinic to ensure the best results.

Will I see changes after each treatment?

Because of the inconsistency in tattoo ink and each client being different, you may not see a change after each session, although most clients will see immediate change after the very first treatment.  It is not uncommon for the tattoo to become darker and more bold within the first 72 hours of treatment, then to start showing signs of fading 14-21 days later.  We photograph and record each tattoo prior to treatment so we can plot progress for you.

What should I do before my treatment?

Wash and clean the skin, shave any hair the night before and avoid any lotions or body glitter prior to treatment.  When you come into the office, wear comfortable clothing so we can easily access the tattoo, bring a change of clothing if necessary to give better access to the tattoo.  Please avoid alcohol consumption the night before a treatment, drink plenty of water leading up to the appointment and eat a few hours prior, too.

What’s involved with aftercare?

Complete aftercare will be given at the time of removal, including a take home care sheet.

What payment do you accept?

All major credit cards and cash.

Do you offer financing?

Currently, we offer Care Credit financing and in-house payment plans and financing are offered.

What are your hours?

We book by appointment only, Monday through Saturday 10am – 7pm

What is the cancellation policy?

To cancel or reschedule an appointment we require a minimum of 24-hours notice or a fee may be imposed per our cancellation policy.  Exceptions are made for sickness, family emergencies and transportation issues (car has a flat tire on the way to appointment, an accident shuts down a highway, etc.).