Laser Tattoo Removal

It’s OK to want to remove a tattoo that you are unhappy with or that no longer fits your lifestyle. The challenging part is finding a qualified medical spa provider who can give you a satisfactory and safe outcome. We understand your concerns and offer safe and effective laser tattoo removal with minimal downtime for people from Springfield, Westfield, Longmeadow, and Northampton, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Tattoo removal with a laser involves treating the area with rapid pulses of high-intensity laser energy to break up the tattoo’s pigment. The type of laser you will need depends on the color of your tattoo; black tattoos are the easiest to remove. Once the pigment is broken up by the laser, it is absorbed and removed naturally from the body.

What To Expect During Your Treatment

If needed, your provider will apply a topical anesthetic to the area to minimize discomfort. Expect to feel a stinging sensation as the laser targets the tattoo’s pigment. The treatment takes around 10 to 30 minutes, and you can apply an ice pack to the area to soothe the skin afterward.

Recovery After Laser Tattoo Removal

Although you can expect some redness and swelling after treatment, laser tattoo removal requires little to no downtime, and you can usually resume your regular routine immediately. Your provider will advise you to apply an antibiotic cream to the treated area and cover it with a bandage to prevent an infection.

Additionally, you should protect the treated area from the sun by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen when going outdoors. We offer a variety of high-quality, medical-grade skincare products and sunscreens that can help you protect your skin.

How Many Laser Tattoo Removal Sessions Do I Need?

Your tattoo’s size, depth, color, and age will determine how many treatment sessions you’ll need to remove your tattoo entirely. Typically, most people need 7 to 10 sessions with 6-to-8-week intervals between treatments to achieve the best results.

Patience is the key to laser tattoo removal. Although the process may take some time, lasers remain the safest and most effective way to fade a tattoo.

Laser Tattoo Removal Options

We carefully select the lasers that offer the best tattoo removal options for our med spa patients. These lasers include the following:

Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser

This laser targets ink pigment on your tattoo and breaks up the pigment with powerful bursts of laser energy. Due to the intensity of the light energy, the pigment breaks down into smaller pieces instantly. You may need several Q-Switched laser sessions for the best results.

PicoSure® Laser

The PicoSure laser emits ultra-short bursts of laser energy (one trillionth of a second in length) and shatters the pigment in a tattoo into minuscule particles. PicoSure works on stubborn tattoos and often requires fewer sessions to achieve results.

Choose a Specialist

If you are ready to get rid of your tattoo, lasers are an effective and safe option. To learn more about laser tattoo removal at the New England Dermatology & Laser Center or to schedule an appointment at one of our MA offices, call us at (413) 733-9600.


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