During your free consultation, we learn about you and your tattoo. First, we take a brief confidential medical history from you. We focus on skin problems and any issues that affect your immune system.
Next, we evaluate your tattoo. We measure it’s size, location, color and density, among other variables. At the conclusion of your consultation, we estimate how many sessions will be necessary to accomplish your goal.
Amateur tattoos can sometimes be removed in a single session, while multi-color, professional tattoos may take more than 10 sessions. Lightening tattoos for a cover-up can usually be accomplished in 3-4 sessions. Each session is very short – about 2-10 minutes, depending on the size of the tattoo. We recommend a minimum of 6 weeks between sessions.
Our process works. We only use lasers specifically approved by the FDA for tattoo removal. Want to see for yourself? Check out our before & after pictures.
Our facility is physician owned and medically directed. We understand that patient safety is of primary importance no matter the settings. Our founders are board certified MDs who bring the culture of safety from the operating room to Vamoose’s treatment room. The lasers we use are FDA-approved specifically for tattoo removal. We don’t use devices designed for hair removal, tattoo removal creams, or other treatments which frequently leave skin scarred and discolored.
Pain sensation and tolerance varies widely between individuals and depends on which part of the body is undergoing treatment. Most people describe the sensation as having your skin snapped with a rubber band. Our founders are anesthesiologists, so we understand minimizing pain. We use the Zimmer Cryo 6, a skin cooling system intended to minimize discomfort during laser tattoo removal. Additionally, we can apply a prescription strength topical anesthetic agent to further minimize potential discomfort; and did we mention it’s complementary?
We only use state-of-the-art Quanta Q+C Laser Technology, the only laser with three true wavelengths to remove tattoos of nearly every color. With the strongest available pulse strength and a beam without the hot-spots of other lasers, the Quanta laser can fragment ink without the skin damage caused by other, less powerful lasers. The laser delivers an extremely brief pulse of energy that passes through the outer layer of the skin. The pulse of energy is then selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink, which is then shattered into particles. Over days and weeks, the body’s immune system naturally eliminates the ink particles. Unlike some new technology, the Quanta Q+C has a long, proven track record of safety and performance.
Our experienced, certified laser specialists are trained by some of the world’s top laser tattoo removal experts. This training provides us with the latest, most effective techniques to ensure the safety and comfort of our clients. During your treatment, we’ll select the proper laser wavelength and power to remove or lighten your tattoo as efficiently as possible without causing scarring or other complications.
We offer the most affordable tattoo removal in the Chicagoland area. Check out our pricing page for more details.
Please be aware that laser tattoo removal is a process and it requires patience and commitment in seeing it all the way through to the best result.
- Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area with mild soap and lukewarm water and then pat the area dry.
- Blistering is common and is likely to occur a few hours after your treatment or the following day. Do not be alarmed, blisters heal very well and are a part of the normal healing process. Do not deliberately rupture the blisters but instead allow them to heal on their own. If any blisters rupture, apply antibiotic ointment over the area until the skin has healed. Always wash your hands before and after touching the healing area. If any open or scabbing wounds are still present, use a triple antibiotic ointment, Aquaphor or A&D ointment. Once the the overlying skin has healed, a dye-free, fragrance free skin lotion or Vitamin-E oil should be used.
- You may apply ice packs as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take ibuprofen or other over the counter pain relievers, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding).
- Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
- Feel free to shower 4 hours after the treatment, but make sure to avoid high pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, or any form of soaking are not recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed, as they may increase the risk of infection.
- Exercise is generally safe after treatment, taking into account the other after care instructions provided here.
- Avoid sun exposure 2 weeks prior to and immediately after treatment. If sun exposure is unavoidable then keep the area covered with clothing or a bandage. Once the overlying skin of the treated area is healed, apply a sunblock with high SPF. Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication on or near the treated area until healed (unless recommended by our office).
- Itching is very common, secondary to inflammation induced by the laser, and as a part of the normal healing process. However, itching should completely resolve after one to two months post-treatment. Persistent itching beyond this point can be a warning sign for scarring and you should arrange for a follow up appointment for evaluation.
- If the area looks infected (honey-colored crusting, oozing, or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact the office immediately.