What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
You may have a number of reasons why you no longer want your tattoo. Perhaps it reminds you of a difficult memory. Or maybe it's lost color or just no longer represents who you are. Despite the reason, breakthroughs in tattoo removal equipment have helped make it feasible to lighten and maybe even eliminate the unwanted tattoo in its entirety. At Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX, plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe provides tattoo removal using a state-of-the-art laser system. The laser device has proven to produce better results than previous tattoo removal technologies and might necessitate fewer treatments.
"Dr. Dauwe and his staff are like a dream team! I legit leave wanting to be friends with his staff they are all so adorable. Seriously though, any type of surgery is so scary and they make the experience so comfortable. I felt like he listened to what I wanted and was honest with what was going to be realistic with my body type. I was referred by Dr.Dauwe by a few of my clients and am so thankful I chose him to do my procedure. If you’re in the Dallas area I wouldn’t recommend anyone else. Truly grateful to have had such an amazing experience! Thank you Dr. Dauwe for everything!"- T.C. / Google / Apr 30, 2019
"SIMPLY THE BEST. I am so happy I chose Dr. Dauwe and his incredible staff for my breast reduction. I have never had surgery before and they made me feel comfortable and assured that I was in good hands. I can't recommend this place enough and feel fortunate to have found a place that truly cares about their patients. Thank you all!"- R.S. / Google / Nov 29, 2021
"I wanted to do a breast reduction for over a decade and was nervous and decided not to go through with it due to my skin keloid. A previous surgeon told me I would scar really bad afterwards. After having my son, my breast were even larger. I decided to go ahead and go through with the breast reduction knowing there was a chance of scarring. Dr. Dauwe explained to me my chance scaring, but had a oncologist doctor lined up to start radiation immediately after the procedure. Well his approach worked, no scaring and the reduction was successful. Also in the process of the breast reduction procedure he was able to do the lift and remove an unwanted tattoo. I definitely recommend him."- A.C. / Google / Nov 29, 2021
"I had been considering a face lift but I was nervous. I decided to go get a consultation with Dr Dauwe because of his excellent reputation. As soon as I walked in his office all the staff made me feel welcome. Dr. Dauwe, Julie, Sara and Brea and the rest of the staff were very friendly, professional and helpful! He performed a face lift on me a few months ago and Im very happy with the results!!!! He did an amazing job. He is the only plastic surgeon I would trust for my future procedures and highly recommend! Also my injector Tessa is awesome."- B.A. / Google / Nov 22, 2021
"For being a plastic surgeon, this amazing dr was able to tell me answers drs haven’t been able to give me for years (decades) about other medical conditions I have) He was so knowledgeable and truly listened and cares for his patients. I wish I could see him exclusively for every issue, I would definitely recommend over any other dr!! Beyond amazed at him and his professionalism. All staff was so friendly too!"- C.S. / Yelp / Oct 14, 2021
Can I Get Laser Tattoo Removal?
There's a number of considerations which might improve the success of your removal procedure. The best candidates for laser tattoo removal:
- Have a strong immune system. This assists in the body’s ability to break down and eliminate the ink properties.
- Are healthy overall. Smoking and eating an unhealthy diet limit the body's immune system from performing at max efficiency.
- Have great differences between the ink color and the skin color. The greater the contrast, the greater the result.
- Have older tattoos. The older a tattoo is, the better it will respond to treatment.
How is Laser Tattoo Removal Performed?
As soon as Dr. Dauwe determines that your skin is ideal for tattoo removal, the tattoo will be prepared with a careful cleansing and an application of a topical anesthetic. Dr. Dauwe will begin by passing the device over the tattooed skin as it releases laser light and pulsing energy. The time it takes to complete the procedure varies and depends on the size of the treatment area. Sometimes, the tattoo may require multiple sessions before obvious results are seen. These factors will all be discussed during your consult.
How Long is Recovery from a Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment?
At the end of each session, a topical cream will be applied to your treated skin along with bandages to help protect the area. You might experience redness, swelling, and sensitivity. You might also feel like you have a sunburn and experience minor scabbing. It's important to adhere to aftercare instructions carefully to speed up the recovery process. Once the area is ready, your next session may be scheduled. Dr. Dauwe does not recommend scheduling sessions sooner than 4 – 7 weeks apart.
Laser Tattoo Removal FAQ
How much does laser tattoo removal cost?
The cost of your tattoo removal will depend on the number of treatments needed and areas being addressed. Each patient case is unique and some patients require more sessions while others may only need a few. During your private consultation, we can discuss the estimated cost of your treatment and help you find low-interest medical financing to make your care more affordable.
What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?
Some patients experience redness, swelling, tenderness, crusting, sunburn sensation, or itching immediately after their treatment. Dr. Dauwe will discuss your treatment plan and explain what can be expected from your procedure.
Why do I need so many laser tattoo removal sessions?
Size, color, location, and the age of the tattoo determine the number of treatments necessary to effectively remove the tattoo. During your consultation, the treatment regimen will be reviewed and any questions regarding the number of estimated sessions will be provided at that time.
When will I see results?
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 types of inks used in tattooing, the results and the number of treatments may vary. Typically, multiple treatments will be required and are scheduled 2 – 4 weeks apart.
Are there any alternatives to laser tattoo removal?
Laser tattoo removal is the safest and quickest option to keep your skin intact and to effectively diminish the appearance of body art. In some cases, dermabrasion or microneedling may also be used as part of your treatment plan to aid in the removal process and to help maintain the health of your skin.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $250
- Recovery Time
- 5 – 7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- Day 1 , Week 2 & 6
- Procedure Recovery Location
Say Goodbye to the Past
Body art is often stunning and represents a personal story. However, when we have a tattoo we no longer love, the idea of its permanence on the body can be tough to cope with. At Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, we care about your feelings and wish to provide a solution. We utilize innovative tattoo removal technology that offers thrilling results. If you have a tattoo that you want to remove or if you want to know more about laser tattoo removal, we invite you to contact our facility at your earliest convenience. We look forward to speaking with you.