Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs


Tired of living with a bad tattoo? If so, you’re not alone. According to a study conducted by Northwestern University, about 25% of Americans regret getting their ink. The good news is, you’re not stuck with it for the rest of your life. Laser tattoo removal is a safe, effective way to make your tattoo disappear. Take a look below at our frequently asked questions about laser tattoo removal.  

How does laser tattoo removal work?

Laser light has the ability to penetrate beneath the surface of the skin and shatter tattoo ink into tiny particles. Those ink particles are then removed from your system by your body’s natural immune functions. At Siti Med Spa, we use the Cutera Enlighten Laser, a cutting-edge laser system that uses both picosecond and nanosecond pulses of light, which allows it to target a full range of tattoo inks. The speed and intensity of the Enlighten laser breaks down ink faster and more completely than other lasers on the market, meaning fewer treatment sessions and better results.

Is laser tattoo removal painful?

Most patients report feeling mild pain during their laser tattoo removal sessions. Some compare it to the sensation of getting their tattoo, while others liken it to the snapping of a rubber band against their skin. For people with a low tolerance for pain, Siti Med Spa offers topical anesthetics to help alleviate any discomfort.

How long will it take to remove my tattoo?

When you come into Siti Med Spa for an initial, free consultation, we’ll evaluate your tattoo. The amount of time it can take to remove your tattoo varies depending on the size, location, and color of your ink. On average, it takes about three to six sessions to complete laser tattoo removal treatment, with a 6-8 weeks healing period between sessions.

What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?

Thanks to the advanced technology of our Enlighten laser, there are very few side effects associated with laser tattoo removal. The most common side effect reported is temporary swelling and redness at the treatment site following your session. There is minimal  downtime associated with laser tattoo removal, and you should be able to resume most daily activities immediately after your session.

Will my tattoo disappear completely?

In most cases, yes. The success of your laser tattoo removal treatment depends on a number of factors, but chief among them is the color of the ink. Black and gray inks absorb laser light easily, while yellow and red inks are more resistant. Different tattoos fade at different rates, but the dual picosecond and nanosecond technology of the Enlighten laser is the best option available for removal of the full range of ink colors.

What makes Siti Med Spa the best choice for laser tattoo removal in San Diego?

The cutting-edge technology of our Enlighten laser, coupled with our highly skilled and experienced medical staff, makes Siti Med Spa the leader in laser tattoo removal. We take pride in providing the best possible service to our patients, and we’ll make it our priority to help you meet your individual goals. We also offer discounts on laser tattoo removal for active-duty members and veterans of our armed forces.

If you have additional questions about laser tattoo removal, or you’re ready to schedule your free consultation, contact us today at (619) 717-8484.