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Laser Removal

Tattoo Removal Specialists

Our laser services are only available at our Ankeny location.

Today, medical lasers are designed to eliminate tattoos ranging from a single wave-length of light to a broad spectrum of light, the varieties of which are intended to obliterate the ink in the tattoo without damaging the skin. Certain colors of light are absorbedby specific corresponding colors of the tattoo ink. Light energy vaporizes or fragments the ink particle. Your body then absorbs these ink fragments naturally and the color fades over the next couple of weeks.

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Chris Prusiner


Certified Laser Removal Specialist

Dr. Tamra Richardson-Colby, DO Lucky Gal Tattoo And Piercing Medica Director

Dr. Tamra

Medical Director



Certified Laser Removal Specialist

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Certified Laser Removal Specialist

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What are treatments like?

The area to be treated is cleansed. Emitting laser, the laser hand device glides over the surface of the tattoo. The size and color of the tattoo determine the length of treatment time. A tattoo roughly the size of a quarter may take approximately 2 to 3 minutes to treat.

How bad does it hurt?

Many patients tolerate treatment without topical anesthetic, and report the treatment as feeling similiar to no more than numerous rubber band snaps.

Does it scar?

While it is uncommon to cause scarring from the laser tattoo removal sessions themselves, it is still possible. Blisters and scabs are common side effects that are important in the tattoo removal healing process. However, picking scabs or not caring properly for blisters can allow scarring to happen.

How many treatments does it take?

Size, color, location and the age of the tattoo determine the number of treatments necessary to effectively complete removal. During the consultation, the tattoo you want treated will be examined and any questions you have will be answered.

Are there side effects?

Some patients experienced redness, swelling, tenderness, crusting, sunburn sensation, or itching immediately following treatment. Your treatment program will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation. If you experience anything different than discussed with you following your treatment, report back to the office for a follow-up visit.

What results can I expect?

The results and appearance of the tattoo vary from patient to patient. After each treatment session you will see the tattoo become lighter. Due to the various levels of professionalism and types of inks used in tattooing, the results and number of treatments may vary. Typically, multiple treatments will be required and are scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart.

How much does it cost?

The average laser tattoo removal cost can range from $80 to $500 per treatment session. The price is dependent on several factors, including the type and complexity of the tattoo.

What are other removal options?

Laser tattoo removal is the safest, quickest and most likely to leave your skin intact following treatment. Other treatment options are surgical excision, chemical peel and traditional dermabrasion. These various options are invasive treatment methods and often result in scarring.

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