How Does Tattoo Removal Work & How Much is Tattoo Removal?

Invisible Ink has the answers!

Amanda Carter

Amanda Carter, L.M.E., C.M.L.T.,
Vice President of Clinical Operations

How does Pico Laser removal work? How long does a session take? Is it painful? Are there tattoos that can’t be removed? Find answers to these important questions and more in our FAQs. Or simply check out Invisible Ink’s 4-Step Process Overview

We have professional tattoo removal packages & payment plans designed to fit nearly any budget – even monthly Value Plans. Check out our Affordable Pricing page for more details, or visit a location near you.
No, each tattoo removal scenario is as unique as you are. Laser tattoo removal is a very customized process, and it is because of this that pricing is not a set rate. Rather, price is based off the number of sessions you personally will need to achieve full removal. Factors such as location of the tattoo on the body, color and density of ink within the design, and even skin type plays a large role in the number of sessions you’ll need to safely remove your unwanted ink. That’s simply the science of the process. Since we base our pricing on size and laser sessions needed for removal, the cost will very from person to person. What stays the same is our commitment to your satisfaction – if the number of treatments needed for removal exceed our InkAnalyticsTM prediction, then the additional treatments are on us, guaranteed.
Where the tattoo is located on your body, and how much ink is present, does have an effect. The further away from you heart and the more dense the ink, the longer it will take to remove the tattoo. For example, a tattoo on a foot can take significantly more treatments to remove than the same size and color tattoo on the chest. This is due to the fact that the blood circulation is much better closer to the heart than in your foot (the same reason your feet get colder quicker than the rest of your body). The less circulation present to carry away the ink, the longer it will take to remove the tattoo.
The laser delivers extremely short pulses of light energy into the treatment area. Beneath the skin, the ink selectively absorbs the light without destroying the surrounding normal tissue. After absorbing the light, the ink shatters into exceedingly small particles that are harmlessly cleared by your body’s natural immune system in the weeks following the treatment.
On average, a treatment takes a few minutes to complete, depending on the complexity and size of your tattoo. We’re committed to having you in and out of the center before you know it!
Using our advanced Pico Laser technology, most tattoos are removed in as few as 5 visits, with sessions scheduled eight weeks apart. Invisible Ink laser professionals will take great care in establishing your personalized treatment plan and expectations based on the specific characteristics of your skin and your tattoo.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for laser removal. There are several important factors that affect our ability to safely and effectively remove tattoos, including: the color/colors in the tattoo, skin type, amount of ink, and the location of the tattoo on your body. Because of the science behind laser removal, some colors are easier for the laser to remove. Also, factors regarding light or dark skin coloring will influence the laser’s ability to effectively remove your tattoo without damage to your skin. We will look at these and other factors in our consultation as we determine if you are a good candidate for removal. We simply won’t remove the tattoo if there is danger of permanently damaging your skin. That’s a promise!
Some compare our tattoo removal to having a tattoo applied, but for a much, much shorter period of time. It’s like being on the receiving end of a rubber band snap. Keeping pain to a minimum is very important to us at Invisible Ink. That’s why, in addition to advanced Pico Laser technology, we use an Rx-strength topical anesthetic cream and specialized cooling system to numb the skin.
Thanks to our advanced PicoWay technologies, Invisible Ink can work on even the more challenging tattoo colors that at one time would have been impossible to eliminate from the skin. It is even an alternative for those who have tried tattoo removal before, but gave up after seeing the poor results! See an Invisible Ink Consultant near you for more details.
Every patient receives a personalized plan with the clinical care a medical procedure requires. Our professionally trained staff will be your guides, leading you through a process that is far easier than you may expect. We provide absolutely clear expectations. Before we begin, you will know how it works and what you can expect. 4-Step Process Overview»
Invisible Ink offers FDA-approved PicoWay lasers. The advanced capabilities provide better results in half the time than the conventional q-switched technology. And at Invisible Ink, tattoo removal is all we do. Our passion is making this process easy and effective for you.
Most tattoos can be entirely removed using our array of lasers. Based on the specific characteristics of your tattoo, our laser professionals will be open with you about what level of removal is most likely to be possible for your tattoo.