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What is Spectra™ Laser Tattoo Removal?

The Spectra™ laser uses a beam of light to significantly lighten or completely remove your tattoo. When the ink particles absorb the light from the laser, they are broken up into fragments and then absorbed through your body’s immune system. This process generally takes a few weeks.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required for optimal results depends on the size, location, depth and color of the tattoo. The larger the tattoo, the more treatment sessions it will take to break down the ink particles. Typically, several treatments are required to achieve desired results and are spaced 4-8 weeks apart in order to allow your body time to remove the tattoo ink fragments.

Can all colors be treated with the Spectra™ Laser?

Not all tattoo removal devices can treat all colors within the tattoo. The Spectra™ Laser has the ability to treat all colors. However, some colors such as yellow, orange and green can be difficult to removal and several treatments are usually required..

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment time depends on the size of your tattoo. Typically, an average tattoo takes about 10 minutes to treat.

Is the treatment painful?

Most patients feel more comfortable with a topical numbing agent such as lidocaine applied to your skin for approximately 30 minutes. Please notify Dr. Gulcher or her staff if you have an allergy to any topical anesthesia such as lidocaine, novocaine or tetracaine.

Is there downtime?

You will notice immediate “frosting” or whitening of your tattoo. It is not unusual to have crusting and scabbing. Please read post-care instructions carefully for details on how to take care of your tattoo after your treatment sessions.