Laser Tattoo Removal

Minnesota Brow Lash Studio & Academy offers superior body art tattoo removal and cosmetic/makeup tattoo removal throughout Minnesota and surrounding cities. Our state-of-the-art laser technology matched with our highly trained laser technicians makes Minnesota Brow the solution for removing unwanted tattoos. 

Laser tattoo removal is the safest method for removing both body art tattoos and cosmetic tattoos. Before the innovation of laser technology, methods like salabrasion, dermabrasion, excision, and acid injections were commonly used to abrasively remove ink from the skin. Not only are these methods invasive and extremely painful, they almost always result in scarring.

Laser tattoo removal is the only noninvasive method for removing tattoos that can penetrate through the skin and specifically target tattoo ink without causing any scarring. Minnesota Brow has invested in the cutting-edge Astanza Duality Q-switched laser to deliver faster fading, safer treatments, and optimal results for all patient skin types.

How Laser Tattoo Removal Works

When tattoo ink is embedded in your skin, the needle puncture creates a small wound that immediately triggers your immune system to heal the tattoo site and remove the alien ink particles. Bacteria eating cells called macrophages are released and begin eating away at the ink particles. However, the pigment particles in tattoo ink are quite large, making it difficult for macrophages to completely remove a tattoo. Instead, the macrophages are only able to remove tiny pieces of pigment, which explains why tattoos are permanent but gradually fade over time.

Laser tattoo removal essentially speeds up your immune system’s natural fading process by shattering the pigment particles in a tattoo. During a laser treatment, our Duality laser sends ultra-quick pulses of light energy over the unwanted tattoo. The light energy travels through the epidermis and targets the tattoo ink particles while leaving the surrounding skin tissue unharmed. The tattoo ink particles selectively absorb the light energy, causing them to heat up and shatter into tiny fragmented particles that the macrophages can more easily engulf and remove.

Over the weeks following a laser treatment, your immune system will flush out the shattered ink particles, causing the tattoo to fade. Multiple laser sessions are needed to shatter the varying layers of ink that make a tattoo. Each session with the laser shatters more ink, speeding up the fading process until no ink is visible in the skin.

How does tattoo removal work ?

Laser tattoo removal assists your body’s natural immune process to remove tattoo ink from your skin. During a laser treatment, light energy is selectively absorbed by a tattoo’s ink particles, causing them to shatter into tiny fragments. Over the weeks following a treatment, your immune system naturally flushes out the fragmented particles, causing your tattoo to fade. This process is repeated until all of the ink in your skin is completely erased.

How many treatments will I need ?

On average, most patients require 5 to 10 treatments for complete tattoo removal. Patients with older, faded tattoos may need fewer sessions. Patients interested in fading their tattoo for a cover-up tattoo may require as few as 2 to 4 treatments. The number of treatments needed varies case-by-case and depends on a variety of factors including the age of the tattoo, colors of the tattoo, location of the tattoo, the density of the ink, patient health, pre-existing scarring, and more.

Does laser tattoo removal hurt ?

Laser tattoo removal is often compared to a rubber band repeatedly snapping the skin. Overall the procedure is very tolerable, however, some patients may experience discomfort depending on their pain threshold. Minnesota Brow offers skin numbing solutions to alleviate any pain from the laser and maximize patient comfort.

How long is laser treatment ?

Unlike tattoo application, laser tattoo removal is a very quick procedure that lasts anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo being treated. Treatment times may take longer if multiple tattoos are being treated in a single session

Is laser tattoo removal safe ? Will I experience any side effects ?

Laser tattoo removal is the safest method for removing unwanted tattoos. Minnesota Brow uses the latest FDA-cleared laser technology and custom protocols for each patient skin type to ensure the safest, most optimal results.

That being said, patients may experience temporary redness, itchiness, swelling, scabbing, blistering, hypopigmentation, and hyperpigmentation. All of these side effects are natural reactions to the laser and will heal over the weeks following treatment. As long as proper aftercare is applied, patients should not experience any scarring.

Before & After Result