Laser tattoo removal is the only clinically proven method of erasing a tattoo without causing extensive scarring. While that tattoo on your arm may have seemed like a good idea at the time, times change. The person you were at 20 years old might not be the person you are now. Fortunately, tattoos no longer have to be permanent. With laser tattoo removal, more than 90 percent of a tattoo can be faded.
Each person has a unique reason for wanting a tattoo removed. Maybe the design you chose is now embarrassing, or maybe it reflects the person you used to be. Perhaps the tattoo is in a highly visible area, and you’re about to begin a job that discourages body modification. No matter your reason, Zel Skin & Laser Specialists can help. Schedule an appointment at one of our offices to learn about how laser tattoo removal can change your life.
How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
Laser tattoo removal uses light to remove embedded ink. This laser light is absorbed by the ink, which then heats up and shatters into smaller, less visible ink particles. In the days and weeks following the procedure, the body will naturally flush away these shattered particles, allowing the tattoo to fade. Laser tattoo removal has the best results when practiced over several sessions.
What to Expect with Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal treatments will vary by person, so it is important to schedule a consultation prior to treatment. During the procedure, the doctor will clean the area and apply a numbing cream, then run the laser over the targeted area. Many of our patients describe the sensation as similar to the process of receiving a tattoo.
Every tattoo will respond differently to laser treatment. These variations can include the size, location, and age of the tattoo. Additionally, precise results can vary for the following reasons:
- Type of ink used
- How deep the ink penetrates the skin
- How the tattoo was applied (i.e. with a tattoo gun or hand-poked)
Some ink colors respond better than others to laser tattoo removal treatment. Black and red inks generally respond the best, while blue, green, and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove. Professional tattoos typically require 6 to 12 treatments, and sometimes more. Amateur tattoos tend to require 5 to 6 treatments.
We’ll discuss how to care for your skin after tattoo removal, but you can get a general sense of what to expect with this guide for tattoo removal skin care from the American Academy of Dermatology. Even at the end of the treatment process, some discoloration may occur, and some pigment changes may remain.
At Zel Skin & Laser Specialist, we remove tattoos with state-of-the-art laser therapy. We’ve invested in 15 types of lasers, more than any other clinic in the Twin Cities. The type of laser we’ll use will depend on your tattoo’s pigment colors along with the other factors listed above. Plus, we believe your skin is too important to leave to chance so we conduct our own internal research to ensure we can provide the best possible results for our patients.
*Results may vary per patient. Services vary by location.
*Results may vary per patient.
Brian brings a unique combination of medical science, clinical expertise, integrity and compassion to his patients. He provides the latest technology available in the field of dermatology but with a personalized touch for each patient. He is highly respected by his colleagues throughout the country for his expertise and sincerity.
Everyone I have met at Zel is amazing!
It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
Dr. Brian Zelickson was one of our initial Thermage investigators and helped us understand the mechanisms of non–invasive skin tightening. He is a renowned expert on how collagen can affect skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of this country’s leading laser experts. Not only is he unparalleled as a laser surgeon, it is not an exaggeration to state that his superb research helps determine the future of dermatologic laser surgery.
Dr. Zelickson is a highly regarded skin/light expert in our industry. When Candela looks for both medical and scientific advice for new laser applications, we often turn to him for his counsel. The input he provides us always starts with patient safety and satisfaction. We feel fortunate to be able to tap into Brian as an independent resource. The patients who are treated with Candela devices are often the beneficiaries of Brian’s input to us.
Most patients prefer seeing a doctor who is known for a particular specialty or procedure, but all patients want to see the doctor who invented the procedure or therapy. Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the most respected physicians in the field of cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. He has lectured around the world and is one of the most sought–after speakers for all major meetings in dermatology.
I would rate Dr. Zelickson's clinic 10 stars!
We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
Dr. Zelickson is a very well–respected dermatologist, not only in the U.S., but also in Europe. He is famous for being the author of relevant dermatological studies published in many prestigious medical journals and for the improvements he’s made on minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that are being used by dermatologists all over the world.
Our view from Europe of Dr. Brian Zelickson is that he is one of the leading four or five U.S. laser dermatologists. His research contributions, his superb lectures and his expert knowledge of laser skin surgery make him a valued friend, colleague and guest.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in cutaneous laser surgery. He has performed groundbreaking research over the past decade, advancing the field as well as expertly providing the most up–to–date laser treatments for his patients.
Brian Zelickson is a world–renowned laser expert who helps develop the lasers and treatment parameters used by the rest of the world. He is where others turn to learn the latest techniques in laser surgery. If you want the best treatment available, delivering the best results in the safest environment available, there is no need to look anywhere else.
I have met many laser experts in my 20 years of teaching, lecturing and running a busy practice. There is no one who I respect more than Brian. If I have a clinical question or research idea, Brian is one of the few individuals I call, as I know I can count on his intellect, integrity and common sense.
Dr. Zelickson is one of America’s most knowledgeable laser experts. He has done pioneering work with many of the laser and light–based technologies developed in the world over the last 10 years. He is a giant in the field.
Dr. Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in the field of lasers for the treatment of the skin. His many years experience in treating thousands of patients with lasers and other medical devices makes him one of the most sought–after doctors in this field. Innovation and caring are his trademarks.