Frequently Asked Questions About Tattoo Removal in Birmingham, AL

Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Tattoo Removal in Birmingham, AL

At Dr. Ink Eraser, a laser tattoo removal clinic located in Birmingham, AL, we hear many questions from patients about tattoo removal. Here are a few frequently asked questions we’ve received from clients and patients at our Birmingham location:

Can you completely remove a tattoo?

Client anxious about tattoo removal

Laser tattoo removal is by far the most effective and the safest tattoo removal option that can completely remove ink. Laser tattoo removal technology has improved a great deal over the years, especially from where they began in the 1970s. There are now several different types of lasers that can successfully remove certain ink colors better than other lasers can.

These new and improved lasers are significantly less likely to leave scars. The same can’t be said for surgeries aimed at removing the tattoo and grafting skin where the tattoo used to be. These surgeries can result in a patchwork-like look as well as scars.

Laser tattoo removal won’t leave your skin looking off or scarred when it’s done in the hands of professionals like the ones at Dr. Ink Eraser’s Birmingham, AL, clinic. We’ll completely remove your tattoo, leaving your skin looking better than ever.

Is it harder to remove a new tattoo?

Woman with new tattoos

Yes, new tattoos are harder to remove than older ones are. As tattoos age, they fade deeper into the skin. The reason this happens is because tattoo ink particles are gradually flushed out by the body’s lymphatic system. The longer this process has been going on, the lighter the tattoo will become.

Laser tattoo removal essentially speeds up this process by making these ink particles even smaller and easier to flush out at a faster rate than the body could achieve on its own naturally. Your body can’t remove tattoos on its own due to the size of these ink particles.

With older tattoos, your body has already done most of the work that the laser does. It simply adds a finishing touch.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t remove new tattoos. We certainly can, but we cannot do it immediately after you got the tattoo in the first place. You’ll need to wait for the tattoo application process to be complete — a process that takes around 6 to 8 weeks.

It may take us longer to remove a new tattoo — but it also might not. There are other factors at play when it comes to laser tattoo removal, which will be explained in the answer to the next question.

What does it cost to have a tattoo removed?

Generally speaking, the cost of laser tattoo removal is based on the number of sessions it takes to completely remove the tattoo. That said, the number of removal sessions varies greatly depending on the tattoo and the person who has the tattoo. Some of those factors include:

  • the size of the tattoos
  • the number of inks used
  • the ink colors used
  • where the tattoo is located
  • the age of the tattoo
  • who did the tattoo (level of professionalism)
  • your skin type and color
  • if you smoke, vape, or tan

We can help determine roughly how many sessions it will take to remove the tattoo with an estimate, though it’s possible it may take more sessions or fewer sessions, depending on how well the removal process goes.

Following our laser technicians’ aftercare instructions can make the process go more smoothly, which may result in fewer sessions overall and a potentially lower cost.

How much does it cost to remove a 2-inch tattoo?

A smaller tattoo on a man's shoulder

We can’t give you a price based on the size alone. As stated earlier, there are many other factors that go into the cost of laser tattoo removal. We need to see the tattoo for ourselves to better determine how many sessions it would take to give you the cost.

You can schedule an appointment at our Birmingham laser tattoo removal clinic. Better yet, you can even send us a picture of the tattoo you want removed and we can give you a free price estimate. Not every tattoo removal clinic in Birmingham, AL, has the level of experience to be able to make an estimate from your home — but Dr. Ink Eraser does, with over 20 years of experience and multiple clinic locations.

Contact Dr. Ink Eraser for more answers to your questions

If you have more questions than the ones answered here, contact Dr. Ink Eraser’s Birmingham, AL, location today. We’ll answer any and all questions to the best of our ability.